Softbank-owned Arm’s $52 billion IPO is poised to be the biggest of 2023.SOPA Images / Getty
Softbank Group-owned chip designer Arm is targeting a $52 billion IPO in September.
The launch is set to draw big investment from tech giants like Apple, Nvidia, Samsung, and Google.
The debut is expected to be the largest of 2023, and it could mark a turning point for the sluggish IPO market.
Arm, the Softbank Group-owned chip designer, could see a valuation as high as $52 billion in its initial public offering on Nasdaq, according to an updated filing Tuesday.
Softbank will offer 95.5 million American depository shares, and will target a sale price of $47-$51 per share for about 10% of the total shares outstanding.
The company is looking to raise up to $4.87 billion, but even on the lower range, it’s set to be the biggest US IPO of the year. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, people close to the deal say they expect strong demand during the run-up to the IPO could push the price higher.
Not since Rivian in late 2021 has another company come close to this size in its public-market debut.
The British company, which designs chips used in most of the world’s smartphones, was previously listed in both London and New York before Softbank’s acquisition in 2016 for $32 billion. The new target valuation is lower than the $64 billion last month at which Softbank took over a 25% stake from its own Vision Fund, the Saudi-backed investment arm it manages.
After going public, Softbank will retain control of about 90% of Arm’s shares, the filing showed.
Final pricing as well as its trading debut on the Nasdaq exchange is set for next week. It will list under the symbol “ARM.”
A-list tech titans want in
Arm’s roster of IPO investors include a handful of the world’s most recognizable names in tech, and they are poised to scoop up a total of $735 million in stock for the IPO. Samsung, Google, Apple, Nvidia, and Intel are among those that could participate as “cornerstone investors,” the Tuesday filing said.
Other top investors include TSMC and Advanced Micro…