SoftBank’s commitment in WeWork grows to 9% of Vision Fund’s AUM, its long-term tech focused investment arm

SoftBank Group CO [9984:TSE] – Market Cap as of 26/11/2018 JPY 9.614T Introduction SoftBank group (SBG) is a true believer in WeWork’s idea, with a total combination of debt and equity funding in the loss-making U.S. shared office space provider of $8.4 bn. This month, WeWork received an additional $3bn injection from SoftBank Corp, in […]

The Battle of Dragons – Recent Acquisitions and Investments in China amid the Rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: $462.0bn Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKG:0700) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: HK$3,780bn Introduction The first two weeks of April 2018 have seen a string of aggressive acquisitions and the announcement of financing rounds by companies backed by the Chinese technology giants Alibaba and Tencent. […]

Barbarians at the Fortress Gate: SoftBank Shows its Global Ambitions

SoftBank Group Corp (TYO:9984)—market cap as of 17/02/17: ¥88.84tn (€74.19bn) Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG)—market cap as of 17/02/17: $3.08bn Introduction On February 14, 2017, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. announced the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC for $3.3bn in cash. The deal represents a radical departure from SoftBank’s traditional technology and telecommunications […]

Yahoo!: rising phoenix or chicken to the slaughter?

Yahoo! Inc.; Market Cap (as of 03/10/2014): $40.28bn Yahoo!, the American multinational corporation, is at a turning point of its existence: being the second largest shareholder in the e-commerce company Alibaba, it was to forced to sell 27% of its stake after the Chinese giant went public on September 19 in New York, thus finding […]

Alibaba’s investors and the market

Alibaba, the Chinese business to business e-commerce giant, is expected to file for an IPO in the next quarter; this highly expected IPO, that is valued at around US$190-200bn has already a huge impact in public markets, precisely in two tech corporations: Softbank and Yahoo!. Even if the financial situation of these companies is really […]

Dish raises the stakes for Sprint: is a bidding war coming soon?

Dish Network Market Cap (as of 19/04/13): $17.68bn Sprint Nextel Corporation Market Cap (as of 19/04/13): $21.61bn Softbank Market Cap (as of 19/04/13): $52.37bn Deal size: $25.5bn ($17.3bn cash and $8.2bn stock) On Monday the 15th of April the US satellite television operator Dish Network has come forward with an unsolicited $25.5bn cash and stock […]