Stock of the Week: SoftBank

Japanese investment firm has attracted worldwide attention for buying stakes in companies like Alibaba and Uber, but the WeWork IPO debacle has hit its reputation

James Gard 3 September, 2020 | 11:10AM
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For the latest stock of the week we’ve looked to Japan, where investors are still digesting the shock resignation of Shinzo Abe and what it might mean for the country's stock market. We asked Twitter what we should write about, and telecoms conglomerate-turned unicorn investor SoftBank (9984) has overtaken carmaker Toyota (7203) to win the poll.

Morningstar analysts describe SoftBank as a “unique investment opportunity” and through its $100 billion-plus “Vision Fund” has more global clout than your average domestic telecoms provider. Through a number of high-profile investments in companies like UK tech success story Arm Holdings and more recently office disruptor WeWork, whose IPO was controversially pulled last year, the company has developed a global reputation as a heavyweight tech investor.

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