Japan's SoftBank Group (SFTBY) reported a ¥131.7bn ($1.2bn, £963.1m) loss on its diversification into trading technology stocks, although its Vision Fund has showed some promise.
Chief executive Masayoshi Son had said in August the firm would put excess cash from asset monetisation in tech stocks and derivatives amid an uplift in valuations in the sector.
Meanwhile its $100bn Vision Fund’s portfolio recovered to above acquisition price. Vision Fund’s $75bn investment in 83 startups was worth $76.4bn at the end of September.
Net income attributable to shareholders rose ¥1.88tn in the six months through September, up from ¥421.6bn yen a year earlier. That in part reflected a gain related to the merger of portfolio firm Sprint with T-Mobile US (TMUS).
It also reported a net profit of ¥627bn for the July-September quarter. This was quite a recovery from a ¥700bn loss in the same period last year.
The profits for the quarter were partly offset by derivatives losses tied to its stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding.
Softbank said it spent ¥139.3bn repurchasing around 20 million shares in October, part of a record buyback plan.
The company said it would not offer a forecast "as it is difficult to foresee consolidated results due to numerous uncertain factors."
The company also said operating income will no longer be presented in its earnings. Instead, gain or loss on investments will be used in order to show investment performance.
It said it “determined that ‘operating income’ was not useful in appropriately presenting the consolidated financial results of a strategic investment holding company.”
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