Oyo Investor SoftBank Hit by Another Earnings Setback as Profit Plummets
SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son’s strategy of investing heavily in headline-grabbing startups is certainly risky. Will investors continue to back him?
SoftBank Group Corp reported a near-total wipe out in quarterly profit on Wednesday, after the Japanese technology investor was whiplashed for a second consecutive quarter by losses at its $100 billion Vision Fund.
The numbers are also the latest reminder of the inherent risk in Son's strategy of betting big on untested startups. The Vision Fund posted an operating loss of 225 billion yen ($2.05 billion) for October-December compared to 176 billion yen profit in the same period a year earlier.