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SoftBank Buybacks Raise Prospect of Management Buyout, Analyst Says

Sales staff wearing protective masks work at a SoftBank Corp. store in Tokyo.

Sales staff wearing protective masks work at a SoftBank Corp. store in Tokyo.

Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg
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SoftBank Group Corp. has been repurchasing so much of its own stock that a management-led deal to take the company private is looking feasible, a Tokyo-based analyst said.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. analyst Satoru Kikuchi mentioned the prospect in response to investor questions about the company’s new asset management company. SoftBank shares have fallen about 10% this week following reports of its bets on tech stock derivatives.