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SoftBank to invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise
General Motors announces the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest USD 2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (GM Cruise), further strengthening the company’s plans to commercialise AV technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.
“Our Cruise and GM teams together have made tremendous progress over the last two years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, in a press release. “Teaming up with SoftBank adds an additional strong partner as we pursue our vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” The SoftBank Vision Fund investment will be made in two tranches. At the closing of the transaction, the Vision Fund will invest the first tranche of USD 900 million. At the time that Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment, the Vision Fund will complete the second tranche of USD 1.35 billion, subject to regulatory approval. Together, this will result in the SoftBank Vision Fund owning a 19.6% equity stake in GM Cruise and will afford GM increased flexibility with respect to capital allocation. “GM has made significant progress toward realizing the dream of completely automated driving to dramatically reduce fatalities, emissions and congestion,” said Michael Ronen, managing partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers. “The GM Cruise approach of a fully integrated hardware and software stack gives it a unique competitive advantage. We are very impressed by the advances made by the Cruise and GM teams, and are thrilled to help them lead a historic transformation of the automobile industry.” The GM and SoftBank Vision Fund investments are expected to provide the capital necessary to reach commercialisation at scale beginning in 2019.