Arm Needed 3,500 Words to Explain Its China Risks Before IPO
- Geopolitical tensions, China economic woes hurting sales
- Power struggle with fired China unit CEO still casts shadow
As it seeks to pull off what could be the largest initial public offering of the year, Arm Holdings Ltd. spent more than 3,500 words explaining the risks it faces in China, a critical market that accounts for about a quarter of its revenue.
In a chunky section of the IPO filing’s 330-page prospectus, the British designer of chips detailed a litany of challenges in the country: a concentration of business in the People’s Republic of China that “makes us particularly susceptible to economic and political risks affecting the PRC”; a downward spiral in Asia’s biggest economy; rising political tensions with the US and the United Kingdom; and the potential complete loss of control over its pivotal Chinese subsidiary.