SOFTBANK RACKS UP LOSSES AS VISION FUND INVESTMENTS PLUNGE
SOFTBANK RACKS UP LOSSES AS VISION FUND INVESTMENTS PLUNGE
Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. racked up a loss of 961.6 billion yen ($9 billion) for the fiscal year through March, on red ink related to its Vision Fund investments including troubled office space-sharing venture WeWork.

SoftBank, founded in 1981, said this week the drop in share prices around the world from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic had slammed the value of its sprawling investments.

Tokyo-based SoftBank had reported a profit of 1.4 trillion yen the previous fiscal year. Its sales for the fiscal year inched up 1% to 6.2 trillion yen ($58 billion). It did not immediately break down quarterly results or give a forecast for the fiscal year through March 2021.

On top of WeWork’s poor performance, the company suffered damage to the value of Uber and other holdings in its portfolio. The pandemic is adding to uncertainties.

The merger of Sprint with T-Mobile in the U.S. was completed on April 1, in one bit of good news.

The pandemic was not expected to affect SoftBank’s telecommunications business, such as mobile phone services in Japan. As people stay home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, they tend to use more online deliveries and other internet-based activities.

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May 22, 2020