SoftBank’s Vision Fund posts record $26bn loss as tech stocks take a beating

SoftBank’s Vision Fund posts record $26bn loss as tech stocks take a beating
CEO Masayoshi Son, 64, has described SoftBank as a goose laying golden eggs
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Updated 12 May 2022

SoftBank’s Vision Fund posts record $26bn loss as tech stocks take a beating

SoftBank’s Vision Fund posts record $26bn loss as tech stocks take a beating
  • Investors are now increasingly questioning whether many of the once high-flyers it has invested in have a clear path to profitability

TOKYO: Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. reported a record $26.2 billion loss at its Vision Fund investment arm on Thursday, as rising interest rates and political instability have whiplashed high-growth tech stocks.

The loss was in stark contrast to a year earlier when SoftBank delivered a record annual profit, and it put founder and CEO Masayoshi Son’s strategy of concentrating heavily on riskier, high-growth stocks under more scrutiny.

Investors are now increasingly questioning whether many of the once high-flyers it has invested in have a clear path to profitability.

South Korean e-commerce firm Coupang is trading 70 percent below its listing price.

Ridehailers Didi Global Inc. and Grab Holdings, also tumbled during the January-March quarter.

Son, at a briefing following the earnings announcement, said SoftBank needed to take a defensive position by improving its cash position through asset monetization and stricter investment criteria.

Vision Fund has around 450 companies in its portfolio and made 43 investments during the fourth quarter. It is slowing the pace of investment in the current quarter as private prices lag the fall in public markets.

While 20 portfolio companies raised funds at higher valuations during the quarter, SoftBank also marked down some of its unlisted assets, contributing to the record loss, in sectors such as consumer, fintech and transportation.

Son, 64, has described SoftBank as a goose laying golden eggs but the pace of listings has slowed with one notable recent exception, Indonesia’s GoTo, sliding since going public last month.

The group’s annual net loss was 1.7 trillion yen ($13.15 billion). The Vision Fund unit’s assets, including the Latin American funds, were worth $175.6 billion at March-end. That compared to an acquisition cost of $141.6 billion.

SoftBank also recorded, in its non-consolidated earnings, a 669.5 billion yen loss due to its SB Northstar trading arm, which had placed bets on listed stocks and derivatives.

To raise cash SoftBank is targeting a US listing of chip designer Arm following the collapse of the sale to chipmaker Nvidia.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Tuesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Tuesday
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Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Tuesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Tuesday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s stock market retreated on Monday, as weak earnings disclosures weighed on investor sentiment.

The main TASI index shed 1.8 percent to close at 12,914, and the parallel market, Nomu, lost 1.3 percent to 22,540.

Stock exchanges of Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, and Kuwait all recorded losses in line with Saudi Arabia, while Oman’s MSX30 was up 0.3 percent.

Oil prices crossed $113 on hopes that the ease of China‘s lockdowns restrictions will lead to demand recovery.

Brent crude is now trading at $114.21 a barrel, while US benchmark WTI crude reached $113.94 a barrel as of 9:23 a.m. Saudi time on Tuesday.

Stock news

Profits of Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Co. went down by 20 percent in the year ended March 31, reaching SR209 million ($55 million)

Saudi Cable Co. was suspended from trading due to its failure to announce its annual financial results

Alinma Tokio Marine Co. turned into a profit of SR1.3 million in the first quarter of 2022

Hail Cement Co. swung into losses of SR6.9 million during the first quarter after it witnessed a drop in sales

Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co.’s profits surged 21 percent last quarter to reach SR41.8 million

Saudi Industrial Services Co. saw its quarterly profits slip 97 percent from SR32 million to SR800,000 year-on-year

City Cement Co. posted a profit decline of 74 percent to SR17 million for the first quarter

Savola Group got its shareholders’ approval to distribute cash dividends of SR0.2 per share for 2021

Al Alamiya for Cooperative Insurance Co. turned into losses of SR20 million in the first three months of 2022

Watani Iron Steel Co. secured a loan valued at SR20 million to finance working capital

Wataniya Insurance Co.’s losses widened by 30 percent to SR24 million in the first quarter

Alkhorayef Water and Power Technologies Co. partnered with National Water Co. in a SR141 million deal for the construction of sewage networks in Taif city

Savola Group recorded a profit increase of 76 percent to SR271 million last quarter

Dur Hospitality Co. posted a 582 percent profit surge to SR12.8 million for the first quarter of 2022 on the back of the pandemic recovery

Astra Industrial Group’s profits surged 48 percent to SR74.7 million in the first quarter, buoyed by sales growth

AL-Jouf Cement Co. has appointed Wasatah Capital to advise on the potential capital increase through a rights issue process

Theeb Rent a Car Co. has opened a new branch in the east of Riyadh as part of its expansion plan, bringing its total number of branches to 53

Calendar

May 22, 2022

Start of Amwaj International Co.’s IPO subscription

Start of Ladun Investment Co.’s IPO subscription

May 25, 2022

End of Amwaj International Co.’s IPO subscription

May 26, 2022

End of Ladun Investment Co.’s IPO subscription

 


Saudi Arabia’s Hail Cement swings into losses as sales drop 16%

Saudi Arabia’s Hail Cement swings into losses as sales drop 16%
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Saudi Arabia’s Hail Cement swings into losses as sales drop 16%

Saudi Arabia’s Hail Cement swings into losses as sales drop 16%

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Hail Cement Co. has reported losses of SR6.9 million ($1.8 million) in the first quarter of 2022 after it witnessed a drop in sales.

The cement producer had made profits of SR25.9 million in the same period last year, but a 16-percent decline in sales weighed on the current year’s results, a bourse filing showed.

The company’s revenue went down from SR82 million to SR69 million year-on-year.

Hail Cement also attributed the results to an increase in expenses, which led to operating losses of SR7.36 million during the quarter.


Saudi dairy firm SADAFCO reports 20% fall in profit to $56m 

Saudi dairy firm SADAFCO reports 20% fall in profit to $56m 
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Saudi dairy firm SADAFCO reports 20% fall in profit to $56m 

Saudi dairy firm SADAFCO reports 20% fall in profit to $56m 

RIYADH: Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Co., or SADAFCO, reported a fall of 20 percent in profit in the year ended March 31.

The dairy firm made profits of SR209 million ($56 million), down from SR261 million a year ago, according to a bourse filing.

Despite lower profits, the company said sales rose to SR2.17 billion for the same period, driven by the expansion of the frozen category.

In its statement, the firm reported it paid its shareholders SR3 per share as a half-year dividend.

Jeddah-based SADAFCO operates sales and distribution depots in 24 locations across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, and Kuwait.


Arab Women Forum kicks off in Dubai

Arab Women Forum kicks off in Dubai
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Arab Women Forum kicks off in Dubai

Arab Women Forum kicks off in Dubai

DUBAI: Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud speaks at Arab Women Forum on women in the workplace.

Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Arab News Noor Nugali moderates the Storytellers From The War Front session at the Arab Women Forum, Dubai, featuring Skynews reporter Arizh Mukhammed and Alhadath Senior News Anchor Christiane Baissary.

There is a common misconception that women are not suited for war coverage as people think women are emotional and sensitive compared to men, Baissary told the forum. 

“A soldier told me that women should not cover in the war zone. He was trying to convince me that I should not stay to cover the war, it's not the mentality in the Middle East but everywhere,” said Baissary. 

Baissary noted that things have changed now, and women are currently getting more chances to cover wars. 

During the session, Skynews reporter Arizh Mukhammed said that fear will be there in the minds of reporters as they cover from the war front.

“Your courage must have limits. When you are going to cover war, you have your fears, but they must be put under control,” said Mukhammed. 

She also added that women differ from men in war reporting as they create humanitarian journalistic materials. 


Saudi miner Amak sees 22% profit surge in Q1 after $333m IPO

Saudi miner Amak sees 22% profit surge in Q1 after $333m IPO
Updated 17 May 2022

Saudi miner Amak sees 22% profit surge in Q1 after $333m IPO

Saudi miner Amak sees 22% profit surge in Q1 after $333m IPO

RIYADH: Saudi miner Amak has recorded a 22 percent profit hike for the first quarter, after making a strong debut on the Kingdom’s stock market earlier this year.

Formally known as Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co., the firm posted SR41.8 million ($11.2 million) in profit, compared to SR34 million in the same period last year, it said in a bourse filing.

Its performance was boosted by a rise in sales of base and precious metals and higher prices, despite incurring initial public offering transaction costs and other expenses, the company added.

Amak debuted on the Saudi stock market on March 29, after raising proceeds amounting to SR1.2 billion in an initial public offering.