The story of how a Cambridge firm became a world leader in chip design, and was acquired for US$32b (S$44b) by Japan’s Softbank, holds lessons for Singapore innovation.
You may remember that at the end of July, the financial press reported on one of the biggest acquisitions of the British high-tech firm ARM by Japan’s Softbank. Softbank paid US$32 billion (S$44 billion), 43 per cent above the last share price of ARM, for a firm with fewer than 4,000 employees, sales last year of about US$1.5 billion, and profits before taxes of about US$500 million.
That looked like a very high price for a relatively small company, even if its profitability is impressive.
Who is ARM and are there any lessons for Singapore-based innovators?
By Arnoud de Meyer & Peter J. Williamson
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