Mon, Jul. 18, 2:09 AM
- SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) has acquired chip designer ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) for £24.3B ($32B), as the Japanese telecoms giant bolsters its presence in the growing Internet of Things sector.
- The deal will see SoftBank pay £17 in cash for each share in ARM, a 43% premium to its closing price last week, marking the largest ever purchase of a European technology company.
- ARMH +43.6% premarket
Tue, Jul. 5, 8:27 AM
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) is in talks with potential investors including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, China Investment and Hillhouse Capital to participate in its $8.6B acquisition of Supercell from SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY).
- According to a document viewed by the WSJ, potential participants in the consortium expect that an investment in Supercell could bring an average annual return of 36% in the next four years.
Tue, Jun. 21, 3:50 AM
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) has reached an agreement to buy Supercell Oy, the maker of the popular "Clash of Clans," in a deal that could turn the Chinese internet major into a global video game powerhouse.
- According to WSJ sources, details of the deal will be announced later today. It was previously reported that Tencent had been in talks with SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) to buy the company's majority stake in Supercell at a $9B valuation.
- Update: Tencent and its partners will pay $8.6B to buy Softbank's (OTCPK:SFTBY) 84.3% stake in Supercell Oy.
Wed, Jun. 15, 1:03 PM
- Chinese messaging/gaming leader Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) is close to a deal to buy SoftBank's (OTCPK:SFTBF) controlling stake in Finnish mobile game developer Supercell at a ~$9B valuation, sources tell the WSJ.
- The paper, which first reported of Tencent's interest in Supercell last month, adds Tencent is talking with "several financial investors" to join the deal as co-investors. SoftBank had a 73% stake in Supercell as of last year. Supercell, responsible for Clash of Clans and other hits, was reportedly valued at $5.25B in 2015.
- The report comes as Tencent cautions its rapid ad sales growth (+73% Y/Y in Q1) is about to slow down.
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Mon, May 23, 11:10 AM
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY +0.5%) is in early-stage talks to take over SoftBank's (OTCPK:SFTBY +1.9%) majority position in Finnish mobile-game maker Supercell, The Wall Street Journal reports.
- Supercell makes popular combat simulator Clash of Clans, and SoftBank took majority control with a $1.53B investment in 2013, before growing its stake last year to 73%.
- Also last year, Alibaba (of which SoftBank is the biggest shareholder) teamed up with China's Giant Interactive Group to talk about taking control of Supercell, though price has hung up those discussions. And Supercell is said to prefer having autonomy under SoftBank's umbrella.
- Sources say that Supercell was valued about $5.25B last year. Its most recent game, Clash Royale, was the top-grossing mobile game for March with more than $80M.
- Now read Tencent: Like Buying Facebook At A Bargain »
Jul. 17, 2015, 1:50 PM
- Warner Bros. (TWX -2%) is reportedly again competing to bid for DramaFever, an online video distributor of South Korean soap operas that SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) paid $100M for in October.
- Warner was among the bidders that were part of the fall sale, and acquiring control of DramaFever could speed up its own over-the-top service plans. SoftBank plans to keep a significant minority stake in the service.
- The site -- which provides South Korea's soap operas with subtitles for a largely U.S. audience -- operates with a Hulu-like model, and like Hulu has recently been focusing on its subscription side.
- During SoftBank's ownership, traffic to the site has tumbled nearly by half, to May's 1.18M unique visitors, though that measure doesn't count streamers such as Rokus or Apple TVs, and only accounts for some mobile viewing.
Jun. 5, 2015, 8:50 PM
- With T-Mobile and Dish Network talking about a tie-up that many agree makes sense, what about Sprint (S -0.8%), the struggling provider who's set to drop to fourth place in customer base?
- T-Mobile and Dish could take advantage of Dish's large spectrum holdings to amp up the wireless network and add a growth engine to a satellite business in decline. AT&T is already pursuing its own satellite combination, with DirecTV. Verizon's moving into mobile video, but it will need more spectrum sooner or later.
- Sprint, for its part, has large spectrum holdings but has had trouble building it out and holding on to customers. And with a cash burn problem, "it's running out of good options," says industry analyst Craig Moffett.
- Sprint could try again to get T-Mobile for itself. That idea fell apart before on regulatory concerns, but will the climate have changed (or will it if the two wait until after the 2016 presidential election)?
- If T-Mobile goes to Dish or another acquirer -- while Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY -0.2%) invested in Sprint mainly to tie it to T-Mobile -- "Sprint's in a world of hurt," says Moffett.
- All options might be on the table: Aside from going for T-Mobile, there's trying to elbow it aside to partner with Dish itself; joining up with a more merger-shy Comcast; or selling some of its spectrum haul for cash it may soon need.
- Previously: Sprint CEO: We'll have best or second-best network in two years (May. 27 2015)
- Previously: Sprint network: No need to buy spectrum in auction, CFO says (May. 19 2015)
- Previously: Sprint: Amid network investment, cash burn back in focus (May. 06 2015)
Oct. 30, 2014, 1:49 PM
- The WSJ reports SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) has tasked new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure with "gathering information" on the Mexican telecom assets America Movil (AMX +0.4%) plans to sell to appease regulators.
- AMX was reported last month to have contacted SoftBank (among other carriers) to gauge its interest in buying the assets. BofA has estimated a sale could fetch $15B, but a WSJ source says bidders are eying a ~$10B price.
- AT&T has suggested it's looking to make an offer. Three weeks ago, Carlos Slim told Bloomberg the asset sale could extend beyond Mexico's eastern coast.
Oct. 14, 2014, 6:25 PM
- Fresh off taking a $250M stake in studio Legendary Entertainment, SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) has bought DramaFever, a site that offers free (ad-supported) and subscription-based access to foreign movies and TV shows, much of it from South Korea. The price is undisclosed for now.
- Re/code previously reported InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) was thinking about buying DramaFever, and said it heard of price tags ranging from $80M-$140M.
- The Legendary and DramaFever deals follow SoftBank's hiring of Google sales chief Nikesh Arora to be the conglomerate's vice chairman and Internet/media chief.
Sep. 30, 2014, 6:57 AM
- A new report has surfaced from The Hollywood Reporter stating that Japan's SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) is in talks to acquire a minority stake in privately held movie studio Legendary Pictures. The publication says the talks have been going on for weeks.
- The news comes following reports that SoftBank's discussions to buy Dreamworks Animation have cooled.
Sep. 29, 2014, 5:47 PM
- The WSJ says it "wasn't immediately clear" what led buyout talks between SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) and Dreamworks (NASDAQ:DWA) to cool. The paper now reports the companies "could ultimately strike a deal other than an outright takeover ... for instance some kind of content partnership."
- DWA -7.4% AH to $26.10. Shares rose 26% in regular trading on reports of acquisition talks featuring a $32/share offer.
Sep. 2, 2014, 10:38 AM
- The Nikkei speculates SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) could make an offer for Vodafone (VOD +0.5%), given a Sprint/T-Mobile deal is off the table for now. Vodafone has turned positive after starting the day in the red.
- Though Sprint/T-Mobile has been shelved, SoftBank just raised $3.9B in debt, a move viewed by many as a precursor to fresh M&A activity. Moreover, SoftBank will soon have a chance to monetize its 34.1% Alibaba stake (could be worth over $60B pre-tax following the IPO).
- Nonetheless, Vodafone ($91B market cap) would be a very big fish for SoftBank ($87B market cap) to digest. This isn't the first time speculation about a deal between the carriers has emerged.
- Previous: Questionable Vodafone/AT&T rumor emerges
- Update (1:05PM ET): Shares have given back their gains, and are now down 0.6%.
Aug. 5, 2014, 6:58 PM
- The WSJ reports Sprint (NYSE:S) is abandoning its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA (NYSE:TMUS) due to excessive regulatory hurdles.
- There were already many doubts about the ability of a Sprint/T-Mobile deal to pass muster with regulators.
- If Sprint is out of the picture, the coast is clear for Iliad (OTC:ILIAF) to pursue T-Mobile, provided financing isn't an issue. There were multiple reports earlier today indicating T-Mobile is rejecting Iliad's initial $33/share offer for a 56.6% stake.
- TMUS -5.6% AH
- Related tickers: OTCQX:DTEGY, OTCPK:SFTBF
Aug. 5, 2014, 3:59 PM
- The WSJ reports T-Mobile USA (TMUS +0.8%) has rejected Iliad's (OTC:ILIAF) request for access to its books, and won't change its mind in the absence of a better bid. The FT reports a formal rejection of Iliad's $33/share offer for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile could arrive tomorrow.
- As it is, Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX:DTEGY) was reported to have liked Sprint's (S -1.4%) offer better. Sprint and parent SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) are rumored to be offering ~$40/share, but their bid also carries much more regulatory risk.
- Reuters reports Iliad is talking with investors for help in sweetening its offer. Sources state the carrier has engaged pay-TV providers Dish , Cox, and Charter, as well as infrastructure, pension, and sovereign wealth funds.
- The news service adds DT is (not surprisingly) skeptical about Iliad's claim a merger between a French carrier and a U.S. carrier will yield $10B in synergies.
Aug. 1, 2014, 4:08 AM