A couple of days later on the 25th of December, news emerged that the JPI Board of Directors had decided to postpone the consideration/decision of buying back shares from “by year end” to a later date because of the market reaction to the news leak.
The key here is that apparently, if the stake held by Japan Post Holdings drops below 50%, new product launches move from an “Approval System” to an “Advance Notification System” under the complex rules which govern the Japan Post Insurance product offering suite, the Japan Post Holding post-privatisation management by regulators, and the insurance business in general.
The shares, which had popped 10% on the original news, fell back somewhat. Those who contacted me about this situation know that I have continued to be bullish. The shares are up 6.2% from the close of that first day’s news.
I think it was a mistake for JPI to not decide to buy back the shares as of their 23 December board meeting.