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SoftBank Plans to Sell $14 Billion in Alibaba Shares

  • Company weighs selling part of Sprint, Japan mobile unit
  • Sales are part of larger plan to raise $41 billion amid crisis
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SoftBank Said to Plan $14 Billion Sale of Alibaba Shares
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SoftBank Group Corp. plans to sell about $14 billion of shares in Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as part of an effort to raise $41 billion to shore up businesses battered by the coronavirus pandemic, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The Japanese conglomerate is considering raising the remainder of the money by selling a stake in SoftBank Corp., its domestic telecommunications arm, as well as part of Sprint Corp. following its merger with T-Mobile US Inc., said one of the people, who requested anonymity discussing private transactions. The Alibaba stake sale could range from $12 billion to as much as $15 billion, the people said.