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Japan: Hitachi Transport System, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Skylark Co Ltd and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Hitachi Transport System (9086) – Not a Clear Outcome But Interesting Possibilities
  • Mitsui OSK Lines Bear Impulse
  • Japan’s Governance: Hitachi Construction Machinery: Additional Notes and Ownership Factor
  • Skylark Holdings (3197): Earnings Forecast Update in Light of Omicron Outbreak

Hitachi Transport System (9086) – Not a Clear Outcome But Interesting Possibilities

By Travis Lundy

  • Hitachi is, as the media fuss suggests, in the last stages of its re-formation after ridding itself of nearly two-dozen listed subs over the last decade-plus.
  • Hitachi Transport System (9086) is the last major sub/affiliate without a new home. Hitachi owns just under 40%. SG Holdings (9143 JP) owns just under 10%. Both want to sell.
  • It is not clear HTS wants to be taken private, but there could be an interesting financial engineering solution to suit the sellers. 

Mitsui OSK Lines Bear Impulse

By Thomas Schroeder

  • Mitsui OSK Lines impulsive decline as sell volumes rise is a big negative and sets up a short on a bounce, which may be limited.
  • 8,500 is near resistance. 7,000 is tactical support (trendline) where a reaction rise is due. Watch RSI near/below 30 for a short term low.
  • Major support at 6,500 targeted representing key dual lows, 200 dma and congestion support.

Japan’s Governance: Hitachi Construction Machinery: Additional Notes and Ownership Factor

By Aki Matsumoto

  • More important than the continuity of the Hitachi brand is how HCM can increase the competitive advantage of its products and how quickly it can respond to changes in market.
  • Changes in major shareholders and the presence of major shareholders have been shown to have statistically significant correlations in ROA, Tobin’s q (and changes in market capitalization).
  • The existence of the Ownership factor doesn’t necessarily predict the future of HCM, but in construction equipment market with strong competition, having a reliable partner is encouraging in business decisions.

Skylark Holdings (3197): Earnings Forecast Update in Light of Omicron Outbreak

By Mita Securities

  • We are updating our earnings forecasts for Skylark Holdings (3197, the company) in light of its 3Q FY12/21 results
  • Earnings forecast for FY12/22 and beyond: Moderate recovery
  • Our target price is equivalent to 34.2x our FY12/24 EPS forecast of 46.85 yen.

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Japan: One REIT, Itochu Corp, Mercari Inc, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Baycurrent Consulting, Shift Inc, Nitori Holdings, Kusuri No Aoki, Ebay Inc and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Asia Preview: A Few More Inclusions
  • Short-Term Itochu Buyback – A Cushion, But Style Bias Matters More
  • Mercari – US GMV Is Downside Risk but Profitability Is a Larger Upside Risk
  • HCM – Buy for the Commodity Upswing
  • BayCurrent: Strong Earnings and an Upgrade to Guidance; Drop in Multiples Offers a Good Entry Point
  • Shift: Strong Earnings Momentum to Continue with Expanding Software Testing into Metaverse Market
  • Cainz Takes on Nitori with Tokyu Hands Takeover
  • Japan’s Governance: Kusuri No Aoki Holdings (3549): 2QFY5/2022 Financial Results Briefing
  • Qoo10 Japan to Launch ¥10 Billion Fashion Mall Rival to Zozo

FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Asia Preview: A Few More Inclusions

By Brian Freitas


Short-Term Itochu Buyback – A Cushion, But Style Bias Matters More

By Travis Lundy

  • Itochu today announced a buyback program to buy US$500mm+ in the next 10 weeks. 
  • Net income growth, a rising dividend, and balanced risk book help it perform with low beta and medium correlation to peers. 
  • The low volatility-relative multiple is supportive, and the buyback helps, but style bias vs Peers matters more. 

Mercari – US GMV Is Downside Risk but Profitability Is a Larger Upside Risk

By Mio Kato

  • Mercari is down 33% since 22 November, actually underperforming the 31% decline in Mothers. 
  • YoY numbers for the US may only modestly beat the 20% growth target for the year and this reset of expectations may have been the driver of the decline. 
  • However, we expect significant upside surprises on profitability and that is our focus.

HCM – Buy for the Commodity Upswing

By Mio Kato

  • Hitachi Construction Machinery continues to trade under ¥3,000 following the revelation that it would not be bought out by Hitachi. 
  • There was little new at its conference call following the Itochu stake purchase announcement save some potential positives on the logistics front. 
  • Nevertheless, with the stock trading at five-year lows vs. TOPIX and Komatsu, and consensus looking light we are extremely bullish here.

BayCurrent: Strong Earnings and an Upgrade to Guidance; Drop in Multiples Offers a Good Entry Point

By Shifara Samsudeen, ACMA, CGMA

  • Baycurrent Consulting (6532 JP) reported 3QFY02/2022 results last week. Revenue for the quarter increased 39.0% YoY to JPY15.0bn while OP increased 57.5% YoY to JPY3.7bn.
  • The company has revised both its revenue and OP guidance upwards for full-year FY02/2022E to JPY56.5bn and JPY21bn respectively.
  • The company has already met 73.5% and 72.7% of its revenue and OP target, we expect earnings beat for the full-year as fourth quarter is the strongest.

Shift: Strong Earnings Momentum to Continue with Expanding Software Testing into Metaverse Market

By Shifara Samsudeen, ACMA, CGMA

  • Shift reported its 1QFY08/2022 results last week. Revenue for the quarter increased 51.5% YoY to JPY14.3bn while OP more than tripled to JPY1.95bn vs JPY548m a year ago.
  • Both Enterprise and Entertainment segments saw strong growth in revenue as well as improvement in GPM during the period.
  • Shift’s share price gained 7.4% following its earnings announcement and we expect the company’s strong earnings momentum to continue over the next few years.

Cainz Takes on Nitori with Tokyu Hands Takeover

By Michael Causton

  • Iconic retail chain, Tokyu Hands, is to be acquired by Cainz, Japan’s leading home centre retailer. 
  • Tokyu Hands remains as popular as ever thanks to its unique merchandising, but it has struggled to be profitable for a long time.
  • Cainz should be able to fix this and Hands will be part of Cainz’s plans to become the Workman Co Ltd (7564 JP) of home retailing – bringing competition to Nitori.

Japan’s Governance: Kusuri No Aoki Holdings (3549): 2QFY5/2022 Financial Results Briefing

By Aki Matsumoto

  • There was no supplementary explanation from financial perspectives regarding the details of plans to open new stores in each region, plans for supermarket M&As, or the amount of these investments.
  • Aoki has yet to come up with effective pricing policies and sales promotion to boost SSSG. Its higher prices are leading to a decline in the frequency of store visits.
  • Its goal of “providing customers with one-stop shopping” is based on the assumption that consumers will not “buy separately” at discount drugs and discount supermarkets.

Qoo10 Japan to Launch ¥10 Billion Fashion Mall Rival to Zozo

By Michael Causton

  • Qoo10 has become one of the most popular Japanese malls among young women for all things Korean, particularly cosmetics and fashion.
  • The online mall now wants to exploit this by creating a new dedicated fashion mall with better promotional opportunities for merchants of all nationalities.
  • This should bring more competition to ZOZO Inc (3092 JP) and Rakuten Inc (4755 JP).

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Japan: Seven & I Holdings, Sony Corp, Demae-Can Co., Ltd. and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Time to Get Back Into Our 2021 High Conviction Call Seven & I
  • Sony – Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition Shakes Things Up
  • Japan’s Governance: Demae-Can (2484) 1QFY8/2022 Briefing

Time to Get Back Into Our 2021 High Conviction Call Seven & I

By Oshadhi Kumarasiri

  • Following a strong third quarter the company has raised the full year revenue and OP outlook by 3.0% and 7.3% respectively due to stronger than expected overseas convenience store performance.
  • Moreover, the company continues to raise the Speedway synergies with the new medium-term plan expecting Seven & I Holdings (3382 JP) to double the EBITDA and EPS through 2020-25.
  • After rallying 65% in 1H21, shares took a breather during the last seven months. We think the timing is right to start the second half of Seven & I’s rally.

Sony – Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition Shakes Things Up

By Mio Kato

  • Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard for $95 per share (+45.3% vs. undisturbed) which values the company at $68.7bn in EV. 
  • ATVI had been under pressure since the middle of last year facing various sexual harassment allegations, but CEO Bobby Kotick will not be replaced. 
  • Like with ZeniMax this deal features a demanding valuation for a number of IPs which have seen better days… but there is Call of Duty…

Japan’s Governance: Demae-Can (2484) 1QFY8/2022 Briefing

By Aki Matsumoto

  • On January 14 (Fri.), I attended the 1QFY8/2022 earnings presentation of Demae-Can (2484), followed by the recent accounting scandal and update the profitability of the Company.
  • GMV in 1QFY8/2022 slows to grow in QoQ. Also, the take rate in QoQ was flat from 4QFY8/2021, which seems to have risen as much as GMV slightly decreased.
  • The focus will still be on when the end of competition will bring promotional expenses to an equilibrium level and allow the E-Commerce Model to return to profitability.

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Japan: Fast Retailing, Paramount Bed Holdings Co Lt, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Can Do Co Ltd, Koshidaka Holdings and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Fast Retailing: Q1 Beat Seems Temporary but Concerns About China Could Last Long
  • Paramount Bed (7817 JP): Poised to Grow on the Back of Recovery from the COVID-19
  • Japan’s Governance: Hitachi Construction Machinery (6305): Extraordinary Briefing Session
  • Japan’s Governance: CanDo (2698) Business Strategy Meeting
  • Koshidaka Holdings (2157): Takeaways from Our Post-Earnings Interview

Fast Retailing: Q1 Beat Seems Temporary but Concerns About China Could Last Long

By Oshadhi Kumarasiri

  • Fast Retailing (9983 JP)’s share price is up 10% after beating 1QFY22 consensus revenue and OP by 1.4% and 20.6% respectively.
  • However, the share price move feels unwarranted given that the beat was driven by mostly one-off/temporary factors in the company’s less significant segments
  • We think this is an opportunity to short Fast Retailing as Uniqlo seems to be slowing rapidly in the Chinese market.

Paramount Bed (7817 JP): Poised to Grow on the Back of Recovery from the COVID-19

By Tina Banerjee

  • Paramount Bed Holdings Co Lt (7817 JP) reported record-high sales and profit during six-month ended on September 30, 2021, driven by strong domestic demand due to recovery from the pandemic.
  • Each of businesses are receiving steady inquiries from market and is expected to perform strongly. Management raised full-year guidance after a strong Q1 results.
  • New products are driving margin for the company. Nemuri SCAN continues to perform well as remote monitoring using sensor technology is receiving more attention amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan’s Governance: Hitachi Construction Machinery (6305): Extraordinary Briefing Session

By Aki Matsumoto

  • I attended an extraordinary briefing on Hitachi Construction Machinery and would like to update and discuss further in this report.
  • Maxell (6810) is a good case study of a subsidiary whose shares were transferred by Hitachi. Partners are important for HCM because of the competitive environment.
  • The share price is expected to return to that range of 3,300 yen for the time being which is the fair value as a result of the due diligence.

Japan’s Governance: CanDo (2698) Business Strategy Meeting

By Aki Matsumoto

  • On January 14, I attended a business strategy briefing of CanDo. This was the first business briefing after AEON (8267) consolidated CanDo.
  • While CanDo’s sales are expected to increase mainly through consignment sales, profit margin will improve due to cost reduction, and the key will be to expand sales of attractive products.
  • Since the management framework has changed by joining AEON, the corporate governance will be paid attention whether this change will be good for the sustainable growth of the corporate value.

Koshidaka Holdings (2157): Takeaways from Our Post-Earnings Interview

By Mita Securities

  • 1Q (Sep-Nov) sales of 6.371bn yen, 37% of the company’s 1H guidance, may seem low at first glance, but were above the company’s target for the 1Q
  • 1Q OP of -1.130bn yen was around 0.9bn yen above the company’s 1Q forecast. The company had expected a loss of nearly 2bn yen for 1Q
  • 1Q RP of -196m yen includes 936m yen in subsidy income. The company’s policy is to book subsidy income on a payment basis

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Japan: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Paint Holdings, Mercari Inc, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Money Forward and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • MSCI Feb 2022 Index Rebalance Preview: Potential Changes as Review Period Starts
  • Nippon Paint (4612) Secondary Pricing Approaches – Cheaper But…
  • Mercari (4385) Applying for TSE Prime Means TOPIX Inclusion in 4-5 Months
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Deal To Change “Parent” – There’s Not Much There There
  • Money Forward (3934) – Solid, Not Spectacular

MSCI Feb 2022 Index Rebalance Preview: Potential Changes as Review Period Starts

By Brian Freitas

  • With a day to go to the start of the review period, we see 14 inclusions and 6 deletions for Asia. Most of the adds are in China and Korea.
  • There are quite a few adds that will require passive trackers to buy more than 5 days of ADV. Some of the stocks have rallied strongly year to date.
  • We expect large buying on SK Square (402340 KS), JD Health (6618 HK) and Sea Ltd (SE US) at the February QIR due to an increase in the FIF.

Nippon Paint (4612) Secondary Pricing Approaches – Cheaper But…

By Travis Lundy

  • Nippon Paint Holdings (4612 JP) is down nearly 25% in a week after the large non-dilutive Offering which nevertheless increases Foreign Real World Float by 70+%.
  • The ratio of Forward PERe of Nippon Paint vs Peers is as low as it has been in many years, but EV/ForwardEBITDA remains high vs peers.
  • Investors who buy this deal or the Pricing Dip will be getting long next to ¥140-150bn of their closest friends who didn’t own as much NPH one week ago.

Mercari (4385) Applying for TSE Prime Means TOPIX Inclusion in 4-5 Months

By Travis Lundy

  • Mercari was expected to announce at some point that it would attempt to transfer to TSE Prime. They have now announced. 
  • This will end up being a BIG TOPIX inclusion in May or June. 
  • And the changes to the TOPIX Free Float Weight Methodology will mean it is bigger than it would have been under the old regime (despite unchanged FFW).

Hitachi Construction Machinery Deal To Change “Parent” – There’s Not Much There There

By Travis Lundy

  • On Thursday we saw news of a Hitachi sale of half its stake in HCM. Friday the stock traded down hard. Friday night saw news that underwhelmed further. 
  • The deal is big, but it is basically a deal to get Hitachi out as parent. There is no Capital Alliance and there is no Strategic Alliance yet. 
  • There simply is not much there, there yet. And the stock is less liquid than it looks, and that won’t get better any time soon.

Money Forward (3934) – Solid, Not Spectacular

By Mark Chadwick

  • Money Forward reported full year results post close on Friday. The stock will react negatively…probably.  
  • The stock is down 45% from its 52-week high, along with most high growth SaaS stocks 
  • The fundamentals, earnings and growth remain intact, but valuations are unlikely to recover as excess liquidity drains out of the market.  One for patient LT investors

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Japan: SUMCO Corp, Nippon Paint Holdings, Tokyo Stock Exchange Tokyo Price Index Topix and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • SUMCO (3436 JP): CEO Describes Tight Supply, Rising Prices
  • Index Rebalance & ETF Flow Recap: STI, LQ45, China 50/A50, FTSE, BBIG, BHP, LG Energy, Nippon Paint
  • Japan’s Governance: How Far Has Corporate Governance Improved in 2021 (5) – Change in % of INEDs

SUMCO (3436 JP): CEO Describes Tight Supply, Rising Prices

By Scott Foster

  • CEO Hashimoto told the Nikkei newspaper that customers are ordering silicon wafers at higher prices before they are made, even as production capacity is being increased.
  • SEMI and TSMC announcements point to rising wafer demand for at least another two years. SUMCO’s expansion plans suggest at least three years.
  • We continue to recommend buying into the current weakness for the medium to long term.

Index Rebalance & ETF Flow Recap: STI, LQ45, China 50/A50, FTSE, BBIG, BHP, LG Energy, Nippon Paint

By Brian Freitas

  • We look at potential changes to the STI, LQ45, FTSE China 50, FTSE AW/AC and KRX New Deal indices at the upcoming rebalances.
  • FTSE has announced a Ground Rule change for the FTSE China A50 Index. S&P DJI announced that the BHP Group (BHP AU) Unification would be implemented in one step.
  • All eyes will be on the LG Energy Solution (373220 KS) IPO for the next couple of weeks and we take a comprehensive look at potential index (fast) entries.

Japan’s Governance: How Far Has Corporate Governance Improved in 2021 (5) – Change in % of INEDs

By Aki Matsumoto

  • Companies that raised the % independent directors in 2021 improved both the nominating committee and compensation committee scores. This is in line with specific requirements of the revised CG Code.
  • Other than the percentage of independent directors, there were no changes in board practice measures that were positively correlated with significance affecting changes in other criteria.
  • I will examine whether passive events, such as revision of CG Code, will motivate companies to further improve their governance, or whether more companies will actively improve their governance.

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Japan: Inpex Corp and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Value Sectors Take The Lead On Rising Global Yields; Buying Energy and Financials

Value Sectors Take The Lead On Rising Global Yields; Buying Energy and Financials

By Joe Jasper

  • Commodities (ex. precious metals) and global yields are on the rise as the US dollar (DXY) deteriorates. Additionally, EM equities (EEM-US) display a bullish RS reversal relative to MSCI ACWI. 
  • These are all important risk-on signals for global equities that continue to support our neutral yet constructive outlook. We expect more consolidation and mixed markets ahead.
  • Two Sectors that stand to benefit most from rising rates include Energy and Financials. We recommend adding exposure to these Sectors as we see a shift in favor of value.

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Japan: Hitachi Construction Machinery, Toyota Motor, Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc, Mani Inc, S Foods Inc, Koshidaka Holdings, Ichigo Inc, Monogatari Corp and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Hitachi Finally Bailing on Hitachi Construction (6305); Too Early To Buy
  • HCM – Hitachi Partial Stake Sale to Itochu
  • Toyota – Records Across the Board
  • Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Placement – Unit Price Has Historically Outperformed Peers
  • Mani Inc (7730 JP): No Immediate Respite Seen
  • S Foods (2292): Remarkable Positive Surprises. Significant Upward Revision of Guidance
  • Koshidaka Holdings (2157): 1Q Sales and OP Beat the Company Target
  • Ichigo (2337): Hopes Rise for Signs of Hotel Market Recovery
  • Monogatari Corporation (3097): Japanese BBQ Extremely Popular at Year-End

Hitachi Finally Bailing on Hitachi Construction (6305); Too Early To Buy

By Travis Lundy

  • An NHK report today post-close said Hitachi Ltd (6501 JP) would sell “about half” its stake in sub Hitachi Construction Machinery (6305 JP) to Itochu and Japan Industrial Partners.
  • That is quite similar to the announcement 15 months ago in the Nikkei which precipitated a large drop. While unconfirmed, it smells like there is fire behind the smoke.
  • The big question is What Next? and What Impact for shareholders? That’s a tough couple of questions. 

HCM – Hitachi Partial Stake Sale to Itochu

By Mio Kato

  • NHK reports that Hitachi will be selling roughly half of its 51% stake in HCM to Itochu and Japan Industrial Partners. 
  • HCM has outperformed Komatsu over the last year and it is possible that some investors were expecting a buyout. 
  • If so, and if there is a negative reaction to this news we would be looking to buy.

Toyota – Records Across the Board

By Mio Kato

  • Toyota is up 52% in just over a year, posting impressive performance for a company of its size. 
  • Its displacement of GM as the number one automaker in the US has made headlines but results in China and Europe have also been impressive. 
  • Hybrid penetration is now also over 25% in all major regions and we expect this to continue to be a driver.

Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Placement – Unit Price Has Historically Outperformed Peers

By Clarence Chu

  • Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc (3471 JP) is looking to raise around US$170m in its Primary Offering, to fund its acquisition of three properties and pay down its borrowings.
  • The anticipated acquisitions, post-completion, will be accretive to both operating income and DPU, even after factoring in the dilution.
  • In this note, we will talk about the deal dynamics and run the deal through our ECM framework.

Mani Inc (7730 JP): No Immediate Respite Seen

By Tina Banerjee

  • Mani Inc (7730 JP) offers medical devices, which are mainly used in the elective procedures including cataract surgery and dental procedures.
  • In FY21, the company missed its guidance for both revenue and operating income by 2% and 5%, respectively, due to higher-than-expected impact of the COVID-19.
  • With the rising cases of highly infectious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 in major operating regions, the company is expected to miss or lower its FY22 guidance.

S Foods (2292): Remarkable Positive Surprises. Significant Upward Revision of Guidance

By Mita Securities

  • Record 1-3Q OP +41% YoY; Significant upward revision of full-year guidance
  • Demand for restaurants during the year-end and New Year holidays appears to have been strong, and we assume that meat wholesaling to restaurants was generally robust
  • With the recent announcement of price hikes by a number of major competitors, it is becoming easier for the company to expect an easing of the competitive environment

Koshidaka Holdings (2157): 1Q Sales and OP Beat the Company Target

By Mita Securities

  • 1Q FY8/22: Recovery in karaoke demand exceeded the company assumptions
  • The total number of stores in the karaoke business segment (domestic and overseas consolidated) was 581 at the end of 1Q (+18 stores from 563 at end-FY8/21).
  • We estimate that sales at karaoke rooms continued to recover in December, in line with the increase in foot traffic.

Ichigo (2337): Hopes Rise for Signs of Hotel Market Recovery

By Mita Securities

  • Ichigo shows confidence in achieving full-year guidance. Signs of hotel market recovery
  • On November 12, 2021, the company announced that the delivery date for the sale of 16 residential properties had been changed from November 12, 2021 to the end of January 2022
  • The company did not announce any share buybacks at this time. 

Monogatari Corporation (3097): Japanese BBQ Extremely Popular at Year-End

By Mita Securities

  • December SSS 107.0% vs. 2019, of which Yakiniku division 117.8%
  • The number of domestic directly-owned stores at end of December was 352 (+3 MoM, +12 vs. end-FY6/21)
  • Many of the company’s restaurant formats use an all-you-can-eat system with a time limit. In addition, they are not suitable for takeout or delivery

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Japan: Katakura Industries, Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc, Capcom Co Ltd, Nippon Paint Holdings, Tokyo Stock Exchange Tokyo Price Index Topix, KOMEDA Holdings Co Ltd and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • Katakura (3001 JP) MBO/Tender Fails
  • Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park (3471 JP): Strong DPU Accretion Could Trigger Outperformance Vs Peers
  • Capcom – Monster Hunter Rise PC Launches Even as Stock Hits 12 Month Low
  • Nippon Paint Placement Quick Update – Better Positioned After Delivering the Largest Correction
  • Japan’s Governance: How Far Corporate Governance Has Progressed in 2021? (4) – Change in ROA and ROE
  • Komeda Holdings (3543): Robust Earnings and Store Openings

Katakura (3001 JP) MBO/Tender Fails

By Travis Lundy

  • The Katakura (3001 JP) MBO has failed. Nearly 60% tendered but I expect 85-90% of that 60% came from corporate and financial crossholders. 
  • A new activist is in at ¥2,350/share, and that activist wants a higher price. 
  • It is not clear there is a lot of downside here, but it is not clear what drives it up near-term either.

Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park (3471 JP): Strong DPU Accretion Could Trigger Outperformance Vs Peers

By Janaghan Jeyakumar, CFA

  • Yesterday after the close, Logistics JREIT Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc (3471 JP) (“MFLP”) announced a follow-on equity offering to fund part of their recently announced property acquisition. 
  • The primary offer quantity is 32,380 units. In addition, there will also be an over-allotment quantity of 1,620 units. The total size of this offering could be roughly ¥20bn (~US$175mn). 
  • Below is a closer look at the details of this offering and the potential of this offering to trigger strong secondary market performance in the following weeks.

Capcom – Monster Hunter Rise PC Launches Even as Stock Hits 12 Month Low

By Mio Kato

  • Early last year we very wrongly called Capcom as our top short-term pick as we expected an earnings blowout in 1QFY22. 
  • The blowout duly came with OP 37% above clueless sell side expectations and… the stock tanked. 
  • Almost a year later the stock languishes 28% lower just as the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise launches.

Nippon Paint Placement Quick Update – Better Positioned After Delivering the Largest Correction

By Sumeet Singh


Japan’s Governance: How Far Corporate Governance Has Progressed in 2021? (4) – Change in ROA and ROE

By Aki Matsumoto

  • I suspect that there are other incentives for companies to improve their corporate governance practices (especially board practices) than improved performance (improved ROA and ROE).
  • Companies that improved ROA used cash raised on B/S from increased profits to return profits to shareholders through increased dividends, but still lacked conviction in using cash for future growth.
  • It is inferred that companies with higher ROE tend to use cash to buy back their own shares.

Komeda Holdings (3543): Robust Earnings and Store Openings

By Mita Securities

  • Komeda Holdings (3543) announced 3Q FY2/22 results (IFRS). The impression continues to be positive.
  • Monthly data announced by the company shows that the positive trend of wholesale sales continued in December (which is included in 4Q).

  • Our impression is that store openings are progressing ahead of the company’s plan of 940-950 total stores at the end of FY2/22.

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Japan: Shinsei Bank, Softbank Group, Oracle Corp Japan, Net Protections, Yaskawa Electric, Tokyo Stock Exchange Tokyo Price Index Topix, Nippon Paint Holdings, MonotaRO Co Ltd, Torikizoku, Sony Corp and more

By | Daily Briefs, Japan

In today’s briefing:

  • TSE Announces Market Structure Revisions: Still Much Ado About Nothing
  • Softbank – The Credit Suisse Dispute
  • TOPIX January 2022 FFW Rebalance – Much Nothing To Do
  • TOPIX Inclusion: Net Protections (7383 JP)
  • Yaskawa – Peak Out in Sight
  • Japan’s Governance: How Far Has Corporate Governance Progressed in 2021(3)
  • Nippon Paint Short Targets 917
  • MonotaRO (3064): December Sales Announced.
  • Torikizoku Holdings (3193): December Sales; Implications of Infection Spread
  • Sony – Audio Visual Immersion

TSE Announces Market Structure Revisions: Still Much Ado About Nothing

By Travis Lundy

  • Today the TSE announced its long-awaited segmentation of the 3,777 stocks listed on the five major venues, and where they will move on 4 April 2022. 
  • TSE1 represented just under 98% of Japan’s float market cap as of today’s close. As some TSE1 members will move to TSE Standard, TSE Prime will represent 97+%. 
  • There are tiny changes to TOPIX because of the moves – roughly 3bp of flow per quarter starting Oct 2022. The FFW Model Revision will be far more interesting.

Softbank – The Credit Suisse Dispute

By Mio Kato

  • The FT reports that Credit Suisse is increasingly aggressive in its dispute with Softbank over the lack of payment of funds to its clients related to Katerra and Greensill. 
  • Masayoshi Son apparently denies any knowledge of the Katerra deal which Credit Suisse is attempting to refute with documentation from Greensill. 
  • The flare up with one of its major previous financial partners is telling and the whole episode does not look good for Softbank’s governance image.

TOPIX January 2022 FFW Rebalance – Much Nothing To Do

By Travis Lundy

  • The January 2022 FFW rebalance is not very large – about US$225mm a side. 
  • 30% of the interest is in two names – Net Protections (7383 JP) as an add because of its recent IPO and Oracle Corp Japan (4716 JP) as a sell.
  • This event may get overshadowed by the TSE Market Structure revamp announced the same day.

TOPIX Inclusion: Net Protections (7383 JP)

By Janaghan Jeyakumar, CFA

  • Japan-Based Buy-Now-Pay-Later (“BNPL”) service provider Net Protections (7383 JP) (“NPH”) was listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) on 15th December 2021.
  • When a company gets listed on the TSE First Section, it subsequently gets included in the TOPIX Index requiring TOPIX-tracking funds to purchase the stock during an Inclusion Event.
  • Usually, this presents interesting trading opportunities to generate sharp market-neutral returns in the space of few trading days. Below is a look at the details for NPH’s Inclusion Event.

Yaskawa – Peak Out in Sight

By Mio Kato

  • Yaskawa’s stock has been broadly flattish since the beginning of 2021 despite an accelerating earnings profile. 
  • This is largely due to valuations remaining elevated at over 20x EV/EBIT. 
  • Thus, while we continue to favour the name vs. FA peers we remain cautious.

Japan’s Governance: How Far Has Corporate Governance Progressed in 2021(3)

By Aki Matsumoto

  • This article analyzes how changes in market capitalization correlate with changes in performance and corporate governance ratings.
  • Note that the % change in market cap as of December 2020 and December 2021 for 1,704 companies confirms a positive correlation that is more significant with ROA than ROE.
  • Companies that improved their Metrical score by 10 ppt or more increased their market capitalization the most, followed by companies that improved Metrical score by 5 ppt to 10 ppt.

Nippon Paint Short Targets 917

By Thomas Schroeder

  • Nippon Paint denotes a series of high conviction bear wedge patterns that will see a new low after gapping below pivotal support.
  • Bear wedge break below 1,200 (with a nasty gap) is now sell/short resistance.
  • 917 is viable base line support and the zone to prove for a bull cycle turn.

MonotaRO (3064): December Sales Announced.

By Mita Securities

  • Parent company sales in December were 16.678bn yen (+20.5% YoY), above the company’s target

  • The number of new customer acquisitions was 106.5 thousand accounts(-3.8% YoY), below the company’s target.

  • Jan-Dec cumulative parent sales were 182.467bn yen (+20.2% YoY), 97.7% vs. the full-year guidance of 186.759bn yen (+23.0% YoY)


Torikizoku Holdings (3193): December Sales; Implications of Infection Spread

By Mita Securities

  • December sales data: Recovery continues, but still weaker than non-izakaya restaurants
  • The number of stores at the end of December was 615 (unchanged MoM). The number of directly-owned stores was 384 (+1 MoM)
  • Possible expansion of areas with shortened business hours requirements

Sony – Audio Visual Immersion

By Mio Kato

  • Sony had some interesting panels at CES 2022 focusing on immersion in entertainment on both the audio and visual fronts. 
  • Following on from the PSVR2 announcement they help to outline Sony’s roadmap for driving forward entertainment technology. 
  • And of course there were some links to Epic and Unreal Engine…

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