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Softbank's big-ticket investments in India

Last updated on: June 22, 2016 14:16 IST

With Nikesh Arora's exit from Softbank, Indian start-ups have lost one of its biggest supporters.

IMAGE: Nikesh Arora with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph kind courtesy: Nikesh Arora/Twitter
 
 

Under Arora’s leadership, SoftBank’s investments in Indian companies zoomed to record highs. Arora, who took over as president of SoftBank in May 2015, was considered heir apparent to CEO Masayoshi Son.

Softbank which has invested around $2 billion in Indian firms in the last one year, is looking at scaling up investment to $10 billion in the coming year.

However, Arora had to face shareholders’ wrath as some on these bets turned risky. The investments in Housing.com, OYO rooms and Grofers were dampeners that questioned his investment skills.

“Arora’s investment strategy … appears to be nothing more than throwing a dart at a dartboard. How many more millions of dollars of shareholder value must be wasted before the board realizes something must be done?” anonymous shareholders wrote to the company.

Though the company’s enquiry gave him a clean chit, Arora decided to quit as he was not offered the top post, which was earlier promised by Masayoshi Son.

Take a look at big-ticket investments in India led by Nikesh Arora…

Housing.com
November 2014

One of Softbank’s riskiest bets was investing $100-million in Housing.com. Despite the top management scuffle and layoffs at Housing.com, SoftBank again invested $14.7 million in January 2016.

InMobi
December 2014

Softbank invested $5 million in mobile ad network InMobi. The company also offered to invest $25 million more if new investors join in.

Ola
April  2015

Softbank led a $500-million Series-E fundraising by taxi aggregator Ola, which also saw investments by DST Global, Tiger Global, Steadview Capital, Accel, ABG Capital, Mauritius Investments, Falcon Edge Capital and GIC

SBG Cleantech
June 2015

SoftBank announced a joint venture with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group to generate 20 gigawatts of renewable energy, with each of the partners investing about $20 billion. 

Snapdeal
August 2015

Softbank led a $500-million fundraising round by Snapdeal

OYO Rooms
August 2015:

Softbank led a $100-million fundraising by OYO Rooms. In April, OYO again raised $100 million from SoftBank, Greenoaks, Sequoia and Lightspeed.

Grofers
November 2015

Led a $120-million Series-C fundraising by Grofers last year. Since then, Grofers has shut operations in nine cities.

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