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Arm China CEO Wants to IPO Independently of British Parent

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Allen Wu, chief executive and chairman of Arm China, asserts that the company he heads may go public in either Shanghai or Hong Kong sometime in 2026 or later. He expects Arm Ltd., which is set to list at New York Stock Exchange early next year, to support Arm China's IPO.  

"We are supportive of [British parent] Arm's IPO," said Allen Wu in an interview with the South China Morning Post. "We hope that Arm would also support ours." 

Keeping in mind that Arm Ltd. cannot make its initial public offering (IPO) without properly disclosing its financial results and sources of revenue to regulators (which includes money it gets from Arm China, which refuses to open its books), the comment made by Wu endangers Arm Ltd.'s IPO as Arm China seeks independence from its parent.   

Arm China is a joint venture between Arm Ltd. (currently owned by Softbank) and a consortium of China-based investment funds, including China Investment Corp. Hopu Investment and the Silk Road Fund. The Cambridge, UK-based Arm controls a 47% stake in Arm China, whereas Chinese entities hold a 51% stake and can decide the company's future. Because Wu possesses the corporate seals, he cannot be fired by Arm Ltd, which is why he is known as a rogue CEO. 

Arm China says that the intellectual property licensing and royalty fees it generates account for about 25% of Arm Ltd.'s revenue. Meanwhile, it also asserts that it had developed a portfolio of technologies that allow it to continue operations without its parent company. 

"Arm has written to Chinese authorities that Arm China won't survive without [the British firm's] support," Wu told SCMP. "But Arm China has already developed the capability to continue its operations separately from Arm in the UK." 

While listing shares of Arm China in Hong Kong or Shanghai when shares of Arm Ltd. (which still possesses a 47% stake in Arm China) will be traded at NYSE may sound odd, it is not too uncommon in China. For example, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China's largest contract chipmaker, is a publicly-traded company with multiple fab joint ventures with local authorities and Chinese investment funds that sometimes have a controlling stake in those ventures.

Anton Shilov
Anton Shilov

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • jimbo007
    Divest from both China and Russia or your children and their children will live in a very different world which has forgotten democracy, freedom, free thinking and all the values of Western civilization. Greedy American and European capitalists have empowered and strengthened the ultimate enemy of the West and all of its values and it will be coming for you.
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  • Geef
    I have a feeling ARM China is doing what China does best. Steal the tech with no repercussions.
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  • hotaru251
    Geef said:
    I have a feeling ARM China is doing what China does best. Steal the tech with no repercussions.
    no arm china one upped china and stole an entire company.


    china ignoring the theft done in plain sight is proof they have no plans to change their ways though.
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  • Nolonar
    jimbo007 said:
    Divest from both China and Russia or your children and their children will live in a very different world which has forgotten democracy, freedom, free thinking and all the values of Western civilization. Greedy American and European capitalists have empowered and strengthened the ultimate enemy of the West and all of its values and it will be coming for you.

    I feel like you don't quite understand what it is you're saying.

    Those "greedy American and European capitalists" have done what they have done precisely by following "democracy, freedom, free thinking and all the values of Western civilization".

    They didn't get rich by selling things that "nobody wants". They had their freedom, were allowed to think freely, and this is the result that everybody chose (democratically).

    "Stop telling me what to do, I'm allowed to think freely!" is what those capitalists would say to you.
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  • samopa
    "Arm has written to Chinese authorities that Arm China won't survive without support," Wu told SCMP. "But Arm China has already developed the capability to continue its operations separately from Arm in the UK."

    If the above is true, why they still use the name of ARM China, they can change it to CRM (China RISC Machine) for example. :unsure:
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