After-hours trading saw a 30% increase in the British chip designer’s stock, which followed the company’s prediction of $850 million to $900 million in sales for the current quarter. That exceeded $779 million in analyst estimates from FactSet.
The company increased its forecast for yearly sales from $3.08 billion to $3.21 billion.
After recording losses in the previous fiscal year, its flagship tech investment arm, the Vision Fund, reported investment gains of 600.7 billion Japanese yen.
Arm, a company owned by SoftBank that develops semiconductors for smartphones and other gadgets, surpassed profit projections on Wednesday and provided a positive outlook at a time when sales of AI-related products have been increasing.
The Vision Fund, which invests in high-growth technology companies globally, has been a source of both excitement and concern for SoftBank investors. While the fund has generated impressive returns in the past, it also faced challenges in 2023 due to global market downturns and the performance of some portfolio companies. The recent rebound in the Vision Fund’s performance, however, appears to be restoring investor confidence.
While the Vision Fund’s performance is undoubtedly a significant factor, SoftBank’s overall financial health also plays a role in the share price increase. The company has been actively selling assets and reducing debt in recent quarters, improving its financial stability and appeasing investors concerned about its leverage.
Founded in 1981, SoftBank quickly embraced the burgeoning tech scene, venturing into software distribution, publishing, and internet initiatives. Son’s aggressive leadership and willingness to take risks fueled the company’s growth, culminating in a successful IPO in 1994. However, the dot-com bubble burst of 2000 saw SoftBank suffer significant losses, highlighting the inherent risk of its high-growth strategy.
Undeterred, Son launched the SoftBank Vision Fund in 2017, a record-breaking $100 billion venture capital fund aimed at investing in disruptive technologies like AI, robotics, and mobility. The fund attracted both praise and criticism for its hefty bets on unproven startups, often at inflated valuations. While some investments bore fruit, others like WeWork imploded spectacularly, leading to massive losses for the fund and raising questions about SoftBank’s investment strategy.