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软银将出售高达410亿美元的资产

2020-3-24 14:16

 

据路透社报道,软银集团周一表示,将出售或套现高达4.5万亿日元(约合410亿美元)的资产,以回购2万亿日元的股票并减少债务,这将推动其股价飙升至近12年来的最大单日涨幅。


此次股票回购将是本月早些时候宣布的至多5,000亿日圆回购计划的补充,也是这家日本科技企业集团有史以来规模最大的一次回购。目前正值维权对冲基金埃利奥特管理公司(Elliott Management)施加压力,要求提高股东回报。


投资者对软银首席执行官孙正义(Masayoshi Son)投资于WeWork和优步(Uber)等初创企业的前景表示怀疑,导致软银股价受到重创。


周一,软银的股价延续了早盘的涨幅,在宣布资产出售后上涨了19%。资产出售将在未来四个季度内执行。


软银没有具体说明将出售什么。


该公司计划用债务为最初的5,000亿日圆回购提供资金,但分析师和投资者对该计划持否定态度,他们担心孙正义利用公司杠杆的意愿。


该公司在一份声明中表示,除了回购股票外,这些资金还将用于偿还债务、回购债券和增加现金储备,反映出孙正义对公司的“坚定信心”。


此次资产出售正值软银及其1000亿美元的Vision基金面临日益严重的财务压力之际。由于全球经济增长因冠状病毒(coronavirus)大流行而停滞不前,该基金已连续两个季度出现亏损,原因是其在科技领域的投资未能达到预期。


软银(SoftBank)正被卷入一场围绕联合创业公司WeWork的重大失败押注而展开的争斗,该公司正考虑退出一项30亿美元的额外股票收购要约。

 

SoftBank Group Corp. said on Monday it is selling or monetizing up to 4.5 trillion yen (US$41 billion) in assets to buy back 2 trillion yen of its shares and reduce debt, sending its stock soaring to its biggest daily gain in nearly 12 years, Reuters reports.

The share buyback will be in addition to the up to 500 billion yen buyback announced earlier this month, in the Japanese tech conglomerate’s biggest ever repurchase, and comes amid pressure from activist hedge fund Elliott Management to improve shareholder returns.

The move comes as SoftBank’s share price has been hammered by investor skepticism over the outlook for chief executive Masayoshi Son’s bets on startups like WeWork and Uber.

SoftBank’s share price extended early gains on Monday, jumping 19 percent following the announcement of the asset sales, which will be executed over the next four quarters.

SoftBank did not specify what would be sold.

Its plans to fund the initial 500 billion yen buyback with debt was received negatively by analysts and investors who were concerned by Son’s willingness to leverage the company.

Beyond the buyback, proceeds will be used for repaying debt, buying back bonds and boosting cash reserves, reflecting Son’s “firm and unwavering confidence” in the business, it said in a statement.

The asset sales come during a growing financial squeeze on SoftBank and its US$100 billion Vision Fund, which has recorded two consecutive quarters of losses as its tech bets fall short, with global economic growth stuttering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SoftBank is being drawn into a fight over a major soured bet, co-working startup WeWork, as it eyes pulling out of a US$3 billion bid to buy additional shares.

 

来自: ejinsight