SoftBank Group Explores Options for Chip Designer ARM Holdings


SoftBank Group is exploring options including a full or partial sale or public offering of British chip designer ARM Holdings, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The review, on which Goldman Sachs Group is advising, is at an early stage, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

SoftBank acquired ARM for $32 billion (roughly Rs. 2.41 lakh crores) in 2016, its largest-ever purchase, in part to expand into the internet of things, which connects everyday devices from traffic signals to refrigerators to the Internet.

Last month, the Japanese conglomerate unveiled a series of transactions to divest more than $21 billion (roughly Rs. 1.58 lakh crores) worth of stock in US wireless carrier T-Mobile US, as it seeks funding for a $41 billion (roughly Rs. 3.09 lakh crores) share buyback and debt reduction plan.

SoftBank did not respond to a Reuters request for comment outside regular business hours.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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