They turned to the pumps, a second Vision to Fund with the proceeds from the initial source

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp, plans to use the proceeds from its initial Vision to Fund a bankroll of $38 billion committed to the second one, a source said, in a show of unflinching faith, in the high-tech, deploying the commander of the sky-high valuations, and if it is being sold as is.

A man talks on the phone as he was standing in front of an advertising poster for the SoftBank telecom company, Tokyo, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The Japanese firm is led by an artificial intelligence, lawyer, Masayoshi Son, on Friday said it had secured commitments for a second, the Vision Fund for a total of about $108 billion.

More than one-third of the they turned themselves in, but with the help of the “benefits of the Vision of the Fund for the 1 and the other is SoftBank’s assets,” said the source, who is head shape is also dependent on the revenue from the existing Vision Fund’s portfolio companies, stating, in public, at a brisk pace, in a consistent set of floating market.

SoftBank did not give a breakdown for the remaining $70 billion, which is only to say: it was a memorandum of agreement has been signed with Microsoft Corp. and Japan’s three mega-banks, as well as the existing Vision Fund, investors in Apple Inc. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn).

As a newcomer, it is Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, with an investment of less than $3 billion, based on the amount the government has earmarked for alternative assets.

“We have to invest only a small amount, a few tens of billions of yen (several hundred million dollars), but they turned it was resolved that the amount shall not be divulged,” a senior executive at a Japanese financial institution said on condition of anonymity.

“To be honest, there is a strong sense of love relationships, you can’t deny it.”

SoftBank has launched its first Vision, the Fund two years ago. It is achieved, is a central figure of $100 billion, due mainly to the sovereign wealth fund of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi – both of which have been reported on Friday, as investors on the second fund.

It has already invested a lot of money in a disruptive start-ups in the areas of finance, technology, health care, and transportation, including the U.S. ride from firm Uber Technologies Inc is a Chinese peer, A Chuxing.

Uber is one of a number of portfolio companies completed an IPO, along with the messaging app-maker, Slack Technologies, Inc., and a blood tester, Guardant Health, Inc.

“Over the next year, we need to see the Success of the investments we have made almost every month as it is,” he told Japan’s Nikkei newspaper on Saturday.


SoftBank is an investor in the initial Vision for the Fund, but also of the general partner, in the collection of the management performance fees. The two coils helped to SoftBank, the internal rate of return, a sector-smashing, at 62%, nearly two years to the fund for the 12-year-old life.

However, many of these returns are not realized until, that is for the most part, of the shares in the portfolio companies have been sold following a public offer. In addition, those paper gains at the time-up is driven by the internal evolution of the companies in the portfolio.

SoftBank has also said that the ratings are often supported by co-investors or follow-on investment rounds, by the third parties. The world’s two largest outside investors, and Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi, with the use of an external appraiser to check for SoftBank is the one.

For the money, however, and SoftBank does not have to rely solely on their portfolio companies afloat. The fund has returned more than $5 billion to investors after the exit of two investments in Indian e-commerce company, Flipkart, and US chip designer Nvidia Corp. (a)

The fund would still have to return to the capital during its life of more than one to distribute lump-sum amount, and after 12 years, said another person with knowledge of the matter, including through the use of a margin loan with the assets as collateral.

Any such payouts would be in addition to the robust 7% annual dividend, paid out of the fund to the holders of the preferred stock, regardless of its performance.

In addition, SoftBank has the time to channel the cash in to the Vision of the Fund as the 2 is the investors are most likely to get the capital calls, only if the targets have been identified, as well as by the first fund.

This will reduce, they turned to the need for the use of the balance of the second fund. The Credit-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service to raise the ratio of SoftBank’s net debt in relation to the value of the portfolio at 22% at the end of March. SoftBank, the number of (16%), and plans to keep it under 25 per cent in the first person, he said.


Out of the view of the Fund, any other SoftBank’s assets include the debt-laden U.S. wireless unit of Sprint Corp., the acquisition by T-Mobile US, Inc has won antitrust approval on Friday, but the deal still faces opposition in the courts.

The most eye-catching addition to a stake in the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which is worth more than the market capitalization of SoftBank, itself. The son has ruled the game since the year 2000, but it chose instead to sell it for a small part of it in 2016, in anticipation of the acquisition of British chip designer Arm Holdings.

They turned it had 3.9 trillion yen ($35.91 billion) in cash and cash equivalents at the end of March.

($1 = 108.6000 of yen)

Report by Sam Nussey; Additional reporting by Takashi Umekawa Tokyo and Olzhas Auyezov in Almaty; Editing by David Dolan and Christopher Cushing

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