SoftBank CEO says nothing decided on possible Alibaba IPO
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Softbank Corp CEO Masayoshi Son said on Tuesday no decision had been made regarding a possible initial public offering for Alibaba, China's and the world's largest Internet retailer which is 36.7 percent owned by the Japanese mobile carrier.
"There is no firm plan for an Alibaba IPO and I will refrain from commenting," Son told a briefing on SoftBank's quarterly earnings. He had been asked about the impact on SoftBank of a planned Alibaba IPO in Hong Kong.
Alibaba has not given a timetable for an IPO, although an offering is widely anticipated with speculation that it could come as early as this year and raise up to $100 billion.
Investors see an Alibaba IPO potentially bolstering the ambitious Son's financial leeway to pursue further overseas acquisitions after SoftBank closed a $21.6 billion deal this month to buy U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp.