Report: Softbank selling a 25% stake in ARM Holdings


— 9:00 AM on March 14, 2017

A scant six months ago, SoftBank acquired ARM Holdings for a whopping $32 billion. Now, the Japanese conglomerate is reportedly in "final-stage" talks to sell 25% of ARM Holdings to an investment fund, according to the New York Times.

The sale should go for $8 billion, matching the original purchase price percentage-wise. The investment fund that's buying the slice of ARM is called Vision Fund and was created between Softbank founder Masayoshi Son, the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, and other smaller investors including Oracle's Lawrence Ellison and Apple.

Son's goal appears to be one of diversification, since the Vision Fund's goal is to "invest in high-growth tech start-ups" and on "larger tech investments in the public and private markets." The Times notes that Son met with President Trump shortly before his inauguration to discuss using the fund to invest in American tech companies, and that British politicians view the sale of this slice of ARM in a positive light.

What this all means for ARM itself is unclear. Microsoft's recent investment in ARM's CPU tech is a shot in the arm for the company, but the purchase will place more heads in charge of ARM's direction. ARM's chip designs are already inside most smartphones and tablets, and Microsoft is now bringing them into datacenters en masse, so the company's future is likely a bright one.

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