March 24, 2020 / 7:29 PM / 16 days ago

SoftBank held go-private talks with Elliott - FT

March 24 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp explored an attempt to take itself private over the past week, holding discussions with investors including hedge fund Elliott Management and the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing three sources.

However, eventually SoftBank opted to move ahead with a plan to sell down $41 billion in assets to pay down its debt and boost a share buyback to 2.5 trillion yen ($22.42 billion), the report said. (on.ft.com/2Jf1K5I)

SoftBank declined to comment on the report.

The Japanese tech conglomerate's asset sale plans, announced on Monday, came amid a growing financial squeeze on the company and its $100 billion Vision Fund, which has recorded two consecutive quarters of losses after its tech bets fell short, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the global economy. ($1 = 111.5100 yen) (Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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