Saudi Arabia technology fund hungry for ARM

March 08, 2017 // By Julien Happich
According to a recent report from Financial Times, SoftBank Group which bought ARM Holdings Plc in an all-cash deal less than a year ago plans to sell 25 percent of its shares to a technology fund SoftBank is creating with Saudi Arabia.

According to the report, the Japanese company would receive about $8 billion for the shares, roughly a quarter of the original acquisition value disclosed a few months ago (£24.3 billion or about $32.25 billion).

On top of this transaction, SoftBank would also contribute $25 billion to the new technology fund dubbed the SoftBank Vision Fund, targeting the $100 billion mark.

Reportedly, the biggest outside investor in the Vision Fund is Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund which said last year it would contribute up to $45bn, followed by Abu Dhabi state-backed investment group Mubadala Development Co., backing the fund with $15 billion and eager to own a portion of Arm as part of the deal. Others potential investors could include Apple, Qualcomm and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, as well as Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn.

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