Dec 10, 2019

SoftBank bails on $300 million investment in dog-sitting company Wag

SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son

SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son on Nov. 6. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

SoftBank Vision Fund is bailing on Wag, the dog-walking and dog-sitting company in which it invested $300 million in early 2018.

What's happening: SVF will sell its shares back to the company for an undisclosed amount, and give up its board seat.

The big picture: This is just the latest black eye for SVF, but isn't quite as dark when viewed in the context of traditional VC portfolio management. The Wag investment represents 0.3% of SVF's committed capital.

  • Were we talking about a $100 million venture fund, it would be the equivalent of bailing on a $300,000 investment (which happens all the time).
  • SVF is anything but "traditional" and arguably is as much a private equity fund as a venture fund, but basic portfolio management rules can still apply.

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