Softbank selling 1/4th of it’s remaining stake in Paytm

As the mandatory lockin period of 1 yr is ending, Softbank has decided to offload 4.5% stake of Paytm through block deal.

  • Prior to this sell, Softbank was the second largest shareholder (after Alibaba group) with 17.5% stake in Paytm.
  • It’s second largest position will continue with 13% balance stake.
  • Softbank has offered to sell shares in the price band of Rs 555 to Rs 601.55/ share and expects to raise around $200 mn at the lower end of the price band. Paytm shares closed at Rs 601.45 prior to this news.
  • Softbank had invested $1.6 bn in Paytm in the last quarter of 2017 and had offloaded shares worth $220 mn at the time of IPO in 2021.
  • Considering the amounts already realised + current value of the balance stake, Softbank’s investment of $1.6 bn has so far yielded a total value of $1.05 bn implying a loss of around 1/3rd of the investment.

It’s important to note that Paytm’s share price has corrected by almost 70% since IPO in the last 1 yr.

Despite such a significant correction, Softbank’s decision to sell a sizeable stake seems to be conveying it’s own non-clarity about Paytm’s prospects.

Key is now to see what it does with the balance 13%  – whether it holds for a potential upside or decides to liquidate further.

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