SoftBank's Vision Fund to borrow US$4b against stakes in Uber and two others: FT

A SoftBank placard at a ceremony to mark the company's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
A SoftBank placard at a ceremony to mark the company's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.PHOTO: REUTERS

BENGALURU (REUTERS) - SoftBank's Vision Fund is looking to borrow US$4 billion (S$5.52 billion) against its stakes in Uber Technologies Inc, soon-to-go-public Slack Technologies Inc, and blood-testing company Guardant Health Inc, the Financial Times reported, citing people directly involved in the deal.

The fund is in talks with banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to arrange a loan secured against its holdings in the three Silicon Valley companies, the newspaper said, adding that if the value of those stakes falls beyond a certain threshold, the fund will be obliged to stump up more cash.

SoftBank Investment Advisers (UK) Limited is the largest shareholder in both Uber, with a 12.88 per cent stake, and Guardant Health, with a 30.74 per cent stake, according to Refinitiv data.

Slack Technologies, the owner of a popular workplace instant messaging app, plans to make its market debut on June 20.

Goldman Sachs, SoftBank, Uber, Slack and Guardant Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.