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SoftBank’s LatAm and Vision Funds Lost $5.8B in Q4 2022

Published 07/02/2023, 13:07
Updated 07/04/2022, 09:55

Softbank (OTC:SFTBY)'s Latin America and Vision Funds lost $5.8 billion in the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2022.

According to the latest financial report, SoftBank’s Vision Funds sustained a loss of more than $5.8 billion in the December quarter. The results represent a fourth straight quarterly loss for SoftBank’s investment unit.

Vision Funds Post a Fourth Straight Quarterly Loss

Softbank Group said its Vision Fund unit lost almost $6 billion over the quarter ending December 2022, marking the fourth consecutive quarterly loss for the conglomerate’s investment arm. Shares of SoftBank were down 1% in Japan before the results were announced.

According to the company’s financial results, SoftBank’s Vision Fund 1, Vision Fund 2, and Latin American funds have sustained a collective loss of $5.8 billion in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. This is down from a $10 billion loss the funds saw in the previous quarter.

The new report marks another major swing in SoftBank’s quarterly earnings. Following its record loss of more than $24 billion in Q2 2022, the Japanese investment giant reported a net income of $21.7 billion in Q2 2022. However, the Vision Fund lost $7.2 billion in that quarter amid a significant slump in the portfolio’s value.

In the wake of the latest loss, SoftBank’s billionaire founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is not expected to deliver a presentation on Tuesday following his announcement in 2022 that he would focus on listing the UK chipmaker Arm, one of the conglomerate’s prize assets. According to the group's CFO Yoshimitsu Goto, SoftBank plans to list Arm by March 2024.

SoftBank to Stay Defensive amid Uncertainty

SoftBank has adopted a more defensive stance in recent quarters after high-interest rates worldwide and China’s tech clampdown triggered a major stock decline. This slump has battered SoftBank’s portfolio valuation, forcing the conglomerate to focus on retaining cash.

At the end of December, the conglomerate said the fair value of its $100 billion Vision Fund 1 fell 4.4% from a year ago due to multiple markdowns in private companies. The portfolio value of its Vision Fund 2, which wrote down its $100 million investment in the collapsed FTX, fell 6.2%.

Navneet Govil, the executive managing partner at SoftBank Global Advisers, said the group’s position “remains defensive and is focused on building resilience” amid “significant unpredictability in the labor markets, future monetary policy road maps, as well as corporate earnings.”

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