SoftBank posts eight-fold jump in first-half net profit

The logo of SoftBank Group Corp is displayed at the SoftBank World 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Japan Nov 05, 2018, 12.42 PM (IST)

Japan's SoftBank Group said Monday it logged an eight-fold jump in net profit in the six months to September thanks to strong returns from its investment funds.

Net profit rose to 840 billion yen (US $7.4 billion) from 103 billion yen during the same period last year, the Japanese mobile giant and IT investor said.

The rise was largely driven by gains of 649 billion yen from the SoftBank Vision Fund, which compared to 194 billion yen in the previous period.

Under tycoon CEO Masayoshi Son, SoftBank, which started as a software firm, has increasingly been seen as an investment firm, ploughing funds into a broad range of companies and projects outside its core business.

In recent years, it has completed deals with the likes of French robotics firm Aldebaran and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Nearly half of the money in the SoftBank Vision Fund comes from Saudi Arabia and there has been a pledge of another US $45 billion this year.

But Son was missing from a high-profile Saudi investment forum last month along with dozens of global business titans amid concerns that journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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Net profit rose to 840 billion yen (US $7.4 billion) from 103 billion yen during the same period last year, the Japanese mobile giant and IT investor said.