After record Japan IPO, SoftBank Corp shares fall 10pc on debut | Japan News


SoftBank Corp shares plunged more than 10 percent in their debut on Wednesday, as investor appetite for Japan’s biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent major service outage and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

Following its $23.5bn initial public offering, shares of the telecoms unit of SoftBank Group Corp fell as far as 1,344 yen ($11.95) five minutes into trade, or 10.4 percent lower than its IPO price of 1,500 yen ($13.34). The broader Tokyo market was down 1.0 percent.

At 9:27am (00:27 GMT), the shares were at 1,367 yen ($12.16), after opening at 1,463 yen ($13.01). SoftBank Group was down 2.7 percent.

SoftBank Corp CEO Ken Miyauchi will hold a news conference at 06:30 GMT.

Softbank is listing 1.6 shares, or about one third held by its parent company. The blockbuster IPO is seen as part of SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son’s strategy of transforming from a Japan-based telecoms company to a global hi-tech investment firm.

It will help raise cash for Son, whose SoftBank Vision Fund is worth an estimated $100bn and has taken stakes in some of the hottest tech firms, including Uber, Slack, WeWork and Nvidia.

The IPO was just shy of the world record $25bn 2014 listing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, a SoftBank Group portfolio company.

During the IPO period, Japan’s third-largest mobile phone network provider by subscriber numbers suffered a rare nationwide service outage, which it said would not affect earnings or dividends.

Adding to investor worries, SoftBank Corp’s relationship with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd came under scrutiny as governments around the world moved to shut out the Chinese firm amid worries its gear could facilitate Chinese spying.


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