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Arm Soars in Debut
Arm Holdings PLC shares that were traded on the Nasdaq in the U.S. for the first time after a long-awaited IPO shot up right away and ended the day 25% above their price. Arm’s American depositary receipts ARM, +24.69% started trading Thursday just after noon Eastern time.
They opened at $56.10 and rose as much as 30% above their initial public offering price of $51. FactSet says that shares ended the day up 24.7% at $63.59. With 1.03 billion shares outstanding, this gives Arm a market value of more than $65 billion.
Wednesday, Arm set the price of these shares at the high end of the expected range. Then, after the market closed, ADRs seemed to get a second wind and went up by more than 5%.
Jason Child, Arm’s chief financial officer, told MarketWatch on Thursday that the company’s main goal going forward would be to take advantage of the rising costs of making transistors for chips that are smaller and smaller in nanometers.
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He said that as transistors have gotten smaller, the costs for intellectual property and software testing have gone up so much that they now make up as much as three-quarters of the design cost.
He said that chip makers are starting to give this cost to Arm instead of taking it on themselves. “It lets us do the work and then make money off of it,” Child told MarketWatch. “For IP verification and software verification, we do it and sell it to everyone else for a fraction of what it would cost them to do it themselves.”
“What it does is that it lets us get higher royalty rates over time because people save money by using us instead of doing more of the work themselves,” Child said.
The CFO said that this is one reason why Arm gets more work creating whole computer subsystems instead of just making instruction sets for central processing units.
Child told MarketWatch, “As a result, more customers are taking us up on that offer because it saves them a lot of time and a lot of money.”
Arm’s IPO was said to have been several times oversubscribed, but it was also met with worry because it seemed to have a high risk of global tensions if the U.S. and China got into a trade war.
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Child told MarketWatch that a lot of the important language about the company’s risks came from lawyers who were thinking about the worst-case situations. In the company’s filing, Arm said that its China business “operates independently from us,” which caused “significant risks” for the company.
“That being said, it’s China,” Child told MarketWatch. “This is the smoothest time I’ve ever had with China,” said the CFO, who had been in charge of China business at four different global companies.
Child said that the company hopes to give its first earnings report in November, since the quarter ended on September 30. He also said that the company plans to report its results “together with SoftBank, which owns 90% of the company.”
Arm said that R&D costs made up 41% of revenue in the fiscal year that finished on March 31, 2023. This was up from 37% in 2022 and 40% in 2021. Arm says that R&D costs will go up 13.9% to $1.13 billion in 2023, while sales will drop less than 1% to $2.68 billion.
A group of “cornerstone investors” led by Nvidia, AMD, and Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.88%, and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, +1.08% GOOGL, +1.02% Arm stated that Google bought about $735 million worth of American depositary shares at the same price as other buyers.
Plans for an IPO began when Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang pulled the plug on his floundering $40 billion offer to buy Arm outright from SoftBank Group Corp. 9984, 2.63% in February 2022.
The FTC had joined regulators in fighting the deal by suing to stop it a few months earlier. Right after the split, SoftBank said it would list Arm on the stock market by March 31, 2024. Arm was bought by SoftBank for $32 billion in the year 2016.