I thought SoftBank's acquisition of ARM would come with a lengthy regulatory process but this wasn't the case. The deal was announced on July 18, 2016 and as of today ARM is officially a part of SoftBank, certainly a very quick turnaround time. SoftBank paid around $31.4 billion to purchase the British chip designer to tap into the fast-growing Internet of Things market.
By Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp., and Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings plc
Today is a historic day for the SoftBank Group and ARM Holdings. We have brought together two
companies with a shared vision and ambition, driven to empower the world with technology that makes
life easier, safer and more fulfilling. Now that ARM is part of the SoftBank Group, the vision and mission
we share will not change; it is business as usual – only better.
We feel that it is appropriate to explain why the two companies share a far more exciting future
together. The SoftBank Group and ARM have enabled technology that is at the heart of a computing and
connectivity revolution. Every day, more than 40 million ARM-based chips are shipped by ARM partners
into products enabling consumers and businesses around the world. Every day, the SoftBank Group
provides mobile and fixed-line connectivity to over 100 million people and devices in Japan and the U.S.,
offers numerous Internet services and is pioneering new ventures in AI, smart robotics and IoT.
But neither of us define success simply by the number of chips shipped, people connected or revenues
earned. We believe that technology should advance for the benefit of humanity. Put another way, we
believe that by harnessing the true potential of what SoftBank calls the Information Revolution, we can
contribute to people’s happiness and joy, and to the future of the world. This is perhaps a bold
proposition, but one that cuts right to the core of what technology can deliver.
The SoftBank Group has been at the forefront of technology shifts – from PC software distribution to
the PC Internet to the Mobile Internet – and ARM is core to what we see as the next paradigm shift in
the Information Revolution: IoT. As an essential part of the SoftBank Group, ARM will be able to move
faster in creating new technologies, infrastructure, products and services designed specifically for a
smarter and more connected world.
Following the acquisition, we believe the future looks even brighter for ARM partners, our people and
everyone else we collaborate with. The change of ownership does not mean a change in direction.
ARM’s senior team will remain in place and there is a continued commitment to the cornerstones of
ARM’s success: neutrality, delivering energy-efficient and innovative technology across multiple markets
and shared rewards for our partners, stakeholders and people.
Together, we will continue to expand the technology that ARM offers through an even greater focus on
research and development across the range of our processor designs, systems and software, physical IP,
security technologies, wireless and smart connected platforms. ARM, as a member of the SoftBank
Group, will remain an advanced engineering company that attracts and retains people who are
passionate about developing technology that invisibly enables opportunity for a globally-connected
We believe that the value of this acquisition is far beyond the combination of two companies. The
SoftBank Group touches many elements of the technology sector, from mobile communications to
robotics. ARM is the leading semiconductor-based architecture for the digital world. As we move
forward together, we will write an important new chapter in the industry’s history. Each of us has
always had a future-oriented perspective, but together our focus will be filled with bolder ambitions.
Whether it is advanced robotics, 5G networks, green data centers, supercomputers or intelligent
connected devices, we can and will help to enable positive change. It is now our collective vision to
realize an Information Revolution that brings happiness to everyone.