Feb 8, 2021 - Economy & Business
SoftBank Vision Fund's comeback continues
SoftBank's Vision Fund arm posted $12.8 billion in gains (and $8 billion net profit) from its investments for the Oct.-Dec. quarter, mainly driven by its stakes in Uber and DoorDash. SoftBank Group itself posted a $11.1 billion net profit.
Why it matters: The record performance since Vision Fund's debut in 2017 comes just a year after its absolute worst.
- In a presentation to analysts on Monday, SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son described the company as a goose that produces golden eggs, and touted expectations that several more portfolio companies will go public soon.
Yes, but: SoftBank's recent experiment with public equities has netted losses so far, and the company's large exposure to Alibaba could be problematic if the Chinese online retail giant's regulatory troubles continue.
- And its second Vision Fund remains without outside investors.