FinTech Global Incorporated : 〔Delayed〕Notice regarding change in status of consolidated subsidiary to equity-method …
The official press release is in Japanese.
FinTech Global Incorporated
Nobumitsu Tamai, President and CEO
Tokyo Stock Exchange Standard Market
Takashi Senda, Director,
Senior Executive Officer
Notice regarding change in status of consolidated subsidiary to equity-method affiliate
Tokyo, November 8, 2022-Rights and Brands Japan Co., Ltd. (hereafter, "RBJ") is an indirectly owned consolidated subsidiary of FinTech Global (hereafter, "FGI"). At a meeting of the RBJ board of directors today, a decision was made for Moomin Characters Oy Ltd, official Moomin copyright holder (headquartered in Helsinki, Finland; hereafter, "MC") and R&B Licensing AB, exclusive agent for MC (headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden; hereafter, "R&B") to accept all shares in a 42.3% stake held by another existing RBJ shareholder. This transfer of shares should be completed in May 2023, and the expectation is then that MC and R&B will hold a combined 57.7% stake in RBJ, while FGI subsidiary Moomin Monogatari Ltd. (hereafter, "Moomin Monogatari") retains its 42.3% stake. Also, as of today, one director sent to RBJ by FGI has stepped down from the position. Given these developments, RBJ will be excluded from FGI's scope of consolidation and become an affiliate accounted for by the equity method. Details are provided below.
1. Reasons for change
Moomin Monogatari holds a 42.3% stake in RBJ, and at the present time, this makes RBJ an indirectly owned consolidated subsidiary of FGI under effective control standards*.
RBJ is promoting a strategy to raise the value of the Moomin brand-a strategy that hinges on the One-Moomin global strategy endorsed by MC and R&B. The board of directors at RBJ approved the transfer of shares, believing the change in ownership will add momentum to the One-Moomin strategy and expand Moomin business in Japan. The transfer of shares should wrap up in May 2023, and as a result, the expectation is that the MC and R&B corporate groups will hold the majority of RBJ shares. In addition, with one director sent to RBJ by FGI stepping down from this concurrent position, directors from FGI and Moomin Monogatari no longer form the majority on the RBJ board of directors. Given these factors, RBJ will no longer be deemed a consolidated subsidiary of FGI, based on effective control standards, and the company's status will be that of an affiliate accounted for by the equity method.
FGI and Moomin Monogatari agreed because the transfer of shares will lead to further development of the Moomin business in Japan and contribute to improved corporate value for RBJ and Moomin Monogatari.
*Ratio of voting rights above 40% but less than 50%; majority of members on board of directors come from FGI
2. Outline of the subsidiary undergoing change in status (As of September 30, 2022)
Rights and Brands Japan Co., Ltd.
Meguro Central Square, 15th Floor, 3-1-1, Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku,
Name and title of
Kumiko Ito, President
Activities include those of agent for transfer and use of copyrights
Date of establishment
March 16, 2018
Moomin Monogatari, Ltd.
Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc.
• Moomin Monogatari holds a 42.3% stake in RBJ.
• Concurrently, a Moomin Monogatari director
holds the position of representative director at
RBJ, two Moomin Monogatari directors hold
positions as directors at RBJ, one Moomin
Monogatari employee holds a position as a
director at RBJ, and one Moomin Monogatari
employee has corporate auditor duties at RBJ.
• FGI signed a management services agreement
with RBJ and receives a consulting fee from the
company. In addition, FGI subleases space in the
building where it is a tenant to RBJ.
• Moomin Monogatari pays a licensing fee to RBJ
applicable mainly to the sale of Moomin
• Moomin Monogatari receives a service fee for
e-commerce operations from RBJ.
(9) Consolidated performance and financial position for the past three years
Ended March 31, 2020
Ended March 31, 2021
Ended March 31, 2022
Net assets per share
Net income per share
Dividends per share
Date of decision by RBJ board of directors
November 8, 2022
Director sent to RBJ steps down
November 8, 2022
Date of change in status
November 8, 2022
Completion of RBJ share transfer
May 2023 (planned)
This transfer of shares is part of the One-Moomin strategy in Japan. The plan is to achieve unified management between Moomin Monogatari and RBJ, effective from December 2022. Specifically, Roleff Kråkström,CEO of MC, will be appointed as Chairman of the Board at both companies, and Kumiko Ito, currently president of RBJ, will be appointed as Representative Director and President at both companies. The intent of these steps toward unified management is to forge a stronger partnership between the two companies and expand the Moomin market exponentially. At Moominvalley Park, in particular, the plan is for MC, RBJ and Moomin Monogatari to work as a cohesive team to promote business under a strategy shaped prior to the pandemic. Looking to the future, Moomin Monogatari and RBJ will explore initiatives that take into consideration the possibility of consolidating their operations in Japan.
With regard to the One-Moomin strategy, FGI will extend support, focusing on the Management Department at Moomin Monogatari, but is also keen to undertake new development and other opportunities at Metsä Village juxtaposed with Moominvalley Park, and to energize the entire Metsä site.
The change in RBJ's status from that of a consolidated subsidiary to an equity-method affiliate will take effect from the first quarter of fiscal 2023, ending September 30, 2023, but for FGI, the stockholding ratio in RBJ through Moomin Monogatari will not change and there will be no impact on profit attributable to owners of the parent. Also note that FGI has factored the change in status into its consolidated performance forecast for fiscal 2023, which appears in the summary of financial statements (Japanese version) for fiscal 2022 announced today.
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