Arm Holdings valued at £43.6bn ahead of US stock market flotation


UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings has secured a $54.5bn (£43.6bn) value ahead of its eagerly anticipated return to the stock market later on Thursday.

Shares in the firm, majority-owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group, are scheduled to start trading today on the Nasdaq in New York.

High demand from investors meant it was able to sell the 95.5 million shares on offer – a 9.4% stake – at the top end of a lowered price range, $51 per share.

The overall market value, while better than the $40bn it would have achieved through a sale of Arm to Nvidia that was abandoned last year, is below the $64bn valuation SoftBank had placed on Arm only last month.

The initial public offering (IPO) is the biggest for Wall St since Rivian’s market debut in 2021.

Firms have been reluctant to seek flotations amid the global economic slowdown but the tech sphere has outperformed.

Arm, which has its headquarters in Cambridge and employs 2,800 staff, is an important cog as its processor designs are used in the vast majority of the world’s smartphones.

Smartphone sales have been among areas to drag in the tough economy, hitting Arm’s revenues which rely on royalties.

It is seeking a greater influence in the cloud computing market while artificial intelligence (AI) is also offering the prospect of greater rewards.

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Many of its major clients, including AI specialist Nvidia, Apple and Samsung, have snapped up shares in the IPO.

Share trading is due to begin at 2.30pm UK time and an opening price will be declared some time later.

London, where Arm was listed until SoftBank’s buyout in 2016, was snubbed for the listing.