Nippon Koei : Announcement of Transition to a Pure Holding Company Structure through a Share Transfer
08/12/2022 | 02:40am EDT
August 12, 2022
To whom it may concern:
Company name: Nippon Koei Co., Ltd
Name of representative: Hiroaki Shinya, Representative Director and President (Stock code 1954 on the Prime Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange）
Contact: Noriyuki Nakashima, General Manager of Corporate Communication Office
Announcement of Transition to a Pure Holding Company Structure through a Share Transfer
At a meeting held today, having drawn up a plan for the transfer of shares, the Board of Directors resolved to establish a pure holding company (wholly owning parent company) called "Integrated Design & Engineering Holdings Co., Ltd.," of which the Company will become a wholly owned subsidiary via a sole share transfer ("Share Transfer") effective July 3, 2023 (scheduled), subject to approval at the Company's Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on September 29, 2022 and other prescribed procedures. As the Share Transfer is a sole share transfer by the Company, which is a listed company, some disclosure items and other details have been omitted.
1. Background to the transition to a holding company structure
Since its establishment in 1946, the management philosophy of the Nippon Koei Group has been to "Act with integrity and contribute to society through technology and engineering." As a leading company in the field of civil engineering consulting, the Group has developed a range of businesses that help to build the social capital supporting safe and reliable infrastructure and pleasant and prosperous everyday lives.
The business environment surrounding the Group is undergoing rapid change and there are growing expectations and opportunities for growth. As well as the need for technological innovation and the creation of added value through the digital transformation, the increasing promotion of measures to build more robust infrastructure aimed at making nations and regions more resilient to natural disasters, increasing demand for infrastructure and urban development projects particularly in emerging economies, and growing interest in the environment and clean energy both in Japan and overseas all represent business opportunities for the Group.
The Group's long-term management strategy looks forward to the year 2030 and is based on the concept of "Working together toward a future without boundaries." Group strategy is founded on ensuring that we can continue to respond to the challenges facing society in the future, and we are aiming for further growth, positioning three sectors as core businesses: the consulting business, the urban and spatial business, and the energy business.
Following deliberations on how to achieve our long-term management strategy, the Group has decided that the best way to deepen management of the Group from a medium- to long-term perspective, and to make future growth more certain, is to shift to a pure holding company structure. We have accordingly resolved to transition to a structure in which the new holding company will be responsible for formulating overall group strategy and governance, allowing each Group company to pursue its business in an autonomous and dynamic fashion.
2. Objectives of transition to a holding company structure and the group management structure to be realized through the
Stronger governance and speedier decision-making
By transitioning to a pure holding company structure, our objectives are to further strengthen overall governance of the Group as a whole and to speed up decision-making. The holding company will be a company with nominating committee, etc. in order to promote the separation of supervision and execution of Group management, and will specialize in Group management and administration, with an oversight system comprising nominating, compensation, and auditing committees, on which outside directors will make up more than half the members. The holding company will be responsible for deciding the optimal allocation of management resources, for designing functions and systems to maximize value as a group, and for formulating strategy and plans for the Group. Making use of the management administration subsidiary that will be established, the holding company will provide guidance and oversight of each Group company's business and support the management of each Group company.
Promotion of autonomy and collaboration
Group companies will be responsible for their own autonomous and dynamic decision-making and will carry out their business in line with Group strategy, pursuing improvements to revenue and profitability, and accelerated development of new technology, and will formulate their own flexible and timely alliances and M&A strategies. The new structure will also seek to strengthen cooperation among Group companies and to create greater synergies as a group. By allowing each organization within the Group to make the best use of its characteristics, and by building a system and organizational culture in which each organization can act and grow autonomously, the Group aims to maximize its value as a group.
The Group will introduce a system of matrix management through collaboration between core businesses and regions (with Group companies mutually collaborating within each region), and will create a system to support the autonomous growth of Group companies, including overseas subsidiaries. We will build a diverse global governance structure, allowing each organization within the Group to make the most of its individual characteristics to achieve solutions to challenges within each region.
3. Holding company structure after transition
Under the umbrella of the pure holding company, Integrated Design & Engineering Holdings Co., Ltd., in addition to the business administration subsidiary Nippon Koei Business Partners Co., Ltd, the new structure will comprise four main companies, namely: a subsidiary for the consulting business (Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.), two subsidiaries for the urban and spatial business (Nippon Koei Urban Space Co., Ltd, established on July 1, 2022, and the British architecture and design
company BDPHoldings Ltd. and its subsidiaries ("BDP")), and a subsidiary for the energy business (Nippon Koei Energy Solution Co., Ltd.)
4. Method and procedures for transition to a holding company
The Company plans to transition to a pure holding company structure through the following method.
Step 1: Establishment of the holding company through a sole share transfer
The holding company will be established through a Share Transfer effective July 3, 2023, and the Company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the holding company.
Step 2: Reorganization of group companies after the establishment of the Holding Company
After the establishment of the holding company, in order to complete the transition to a pure holding company structure, the Company's subsidiaries will be reorganized, with the holding company as the direct equity holding company. We will announce the concrete details and schedule for this reorganization as they are decided.
Outline of the Share Transfer
Record date for Ordinary General Meeting of shareholders
June 30, 2022
Board of Directors meeting to approve the share transfer plan
August 12, 2022
Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to approve the share transfer plan
September 29, 2022 (scheduled)
Delisting of the Company's shares
June 29, 2023 (scheduled)
Registration of the establishment of the holding company (effective date)
July 3, 2023 (scheduled)
Listing of the shares of the holding company
July 3, 2023 (scheduled)
Please note that this schedule is subject to change as necessary due to the progress of the Share Transfer procedures or other reasons.
Format of the share transfer
Sole share transfer with the holding company as the wholly owning parent company incorporated through a share transfer and the Company as the wholly owned subsidiary resulting from a share transfer.
Details of allotment within the Share Transfer (share transfer ratio)
Integrated Design & Engineering Holdings
Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.
Co., Ltd. (wholly owning parent company
(wholly owned subsidiary resulting from a
incorporated through a share transfer)
Share transfer ratio
(1) Share transfer ratio
All shareholders of the Company immediately prior to the point in time that the holding company acquires all the issued shares of the Company pursuant to the Share Transfer will receive an allotment of one share of common stock of the holding company per share of common stock of the Company.
(2) Number of shares per unit
The holding company will adopt a share unit system, with one unit equaling 100 shares.
(3) Basis for calculation of the share transfer ratio
The Share Transfer will establish the holding company as the wholly owning parent company through a sole share transfer, and there will be no change in the shareholding structure of the Company or the holding company at the time of the Share Transfer. Therefore, with the principal concern that no disadvantage or confusion should be caused to the shareholders of the Company, each shareholder will receive an allotment of one share of the common stock of the holding company per share of the common stock of the Company held at the time of the Share Transfer.
(4) Results, method, and basis for third-party calculation
In line with the explanation given in (3) above, since the Share Transfer is a sole share transfer by the Company, no third-party calculation of the share transfer ratio will be conducted.
Number of new shares to be delivered through the Share Transfer (scheduled) 15,058,503 shares of common stock (subject to change)
This number of new shares is based on the total number of 15,060,314 outstanding shares of Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. as at 30 June 2022, and the actual number of new shares to be delivered by the holding company may vary. The Company intends to cancel those of its own shares that can be cancelled in practice immediately before the holding company acquires all of the Company's issued shares as a result of the Share Transfer. The number of treasury shares (1,811) held by the Company as at 30 June 2022 is therefore excluded from the new share issue.
Matters regarding share options and bonds with share options involved with the Share Transfer The Company has not issued any share options or bonds with share options.
Items relating to the application for listing of the holding company
Because the Company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the holding company through the Share Transfer, the shares of the Company will be delisted. However, it was resolved on the same day that we will apply to list the shares of the holding company on the Prime Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Technical Listing), which will be issued to shareholders in compensation for the shares of the Company. The date of the listing is scheduled to be July 3, 2023, an effective date of the Share Transfer, subject to review and other procedures by Tokyo Stock Exchange.
6. Outline of the Company subject to the Share Transfer
(As of June 30, 2022)
Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.
5-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(3) Name and title of representative
Hiroaki Shinya, Representative Director and President
(4) Description of business
Consulting and appraisal in the fields of development and construction
engineering; design and construction of electric power facilities and various
types of construction and engineering work; manufacture and sale of
electrical and electronic devices and apparatus.
(5) Amount of stated capital
7, 501 million yen
(6) Date of establishment
June 7, 1946
(7) Number of shares-issued and
15, 060, 314 shares
(8) End of fiscal year
(9) Major shareholders and shareholding
Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (trust account)
ratio (ratio of shares held to the total number
Custody Bank of Japan, Ltd. (trust account)
of shares issued, not including treasury
Nippon Koei Employee Stock Ownership Plan
MUFJ Bank, Ltd.
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
Government of Norway
Mizuho Bank Ltd.
Custody Bank of Japan, Ltd. (pension trust account)
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
(10) Consolidated operational results and financial conditions for the most recent three years (million yen)
Fiscal year end
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