Saudi-backed SoftBank's Vision Fund is said to seek $4bn line of credit

$4 billion credit aims to cover the gap between when the cash is requested and when the fund investor sends it
Saudi-backed SoftBank's Vision Fund is said to seek $4bn line of credit
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said in a September interview that he plans to raise a new $100 billion fund every two or three years and will spend around $50 billion annually.
By Bloomberg
Sun 11 Nov 2018 08:14 AM

SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund is looking to raise a $4 billion bridge loan facility to make investments more quickly, said a person familiar with the situation.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Mizuho International Plc are arranging the debt facility for the massive technology fund, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deal is private.

When investors commit to backing a fund like the Vision Fund, they typically provide the cash for its investments on an ongoing basis as needed, rather than up front. The $4 billion credit aims to cover the gap between when the cash is requested and when the fund investor sends it.

A spokesman for Japan’s SoftBank declined to comment. Representatives for Goldman Sachs and Mizuho didn’t immediately have comment.

A separate credit facility also is in the works to raise $9 billion for the Vision Fund, which is backed by about $100 billion primarily from the Saudi Arabian government along with SoftBank.

The Vision Fund has stock in companies including Slack Technologies Inc., General Motors Co.’s self-driving car unit, WeWork Cos., Didi Chuxing and ARM Holdings Plc. The fund has already committed $65 billion since it began making investments nearly a year ago.

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said in a September interview that he plans to raise a new $100 billion fund every two or three years and will spend around $50 billion annually.

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