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Bridge Report:(3916)Digital Information Technologies fiscal year ended June 2022

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President Satoshi Ichikawa

Digital Information Technologies Corporation (3916)

 

 

Company Information

Exchange

TSE Prime Market

Industry

Information and Communications

President

Satoshi Ichikawa

HQ Address

FORECAST Sakurabashi, 4-5-4 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Year-end

End of June

Homepage

https://www.ditgroup.jp/english/

 

Stock Information

Share Price

Number of shares issued

Total Market Cap

ROE (Actual)

Trading Unit

¥1,578

15,501,820 shares

¥24,461 million

28.6%

100 shares

DPS (Est.)

Dividend Yield (Est.)

EPS (Est.)

PER (Est.)

BPS (Actual)

PBR (Actual)

¥36.00

2.3%

¥102.37

15.4 x

¥364.12

4.3 x

*The share price is the closing price on September 12th. Each number is from the financial results for fiscal year ended June, 2022.

 

Consolidated Earnings

Fiscal Year

Net Sales

Operating Income

Ordinary Income

Net Income

EPS (yen)

DPS (yen)

Jun. 2019(Actual)

12,355

1,095

1,106

737

48.07

16.00

Jun. 2020 (Actual)

13,495

1,352

1,357

978

64.18

20.00

Jun. 2021 (Actual)

14,444

1,722

1,730

1,196

78.47

24.00

Jun. 2022(Actual)

16,156

2,004

2,004

1,439

94.38

40.00

Jun. 2023 (Forecast)

18,000

2,250

2,250

1,561

102.37

36.00

**Unit: million yen. The forecast is from the company. A 2-for-1 share split was implemented on April 1, 2018. EPS and BPS were retroactively recalculated.
*Net income is net income attributable to shareholders of the parent company. Hereinafter the same will apply. Dividends for FY6/22 include a commemorative dividend of 8.00 yen/share.

 

 

This Bridge Report introduces the earning results for fiscal year ending June 2022 and other information of Digital Information Technologies Corporation.

 

Table of Contents

Key Points
1. Company Overview
2. Fiscal Year ended June 2022 Earnings Results
3. Fiscal Year ending June 2023 Earnings Forecasts
4. Medium-term Management Plan
5. Conclusions
<Reference 1: Vision for 2030 and New Medium-term Management Plan>
<Reference 2: Regarding Corporate Governance>

Key Points

  • In the fiscal year ended June 2022, sales increased 11.9% year on year to 16,156 million yen. The software development business, which is the core business, grew. All of the three business segments saw a double-digit sales growth. Operating income rose 16.4% year on year to 2,004 million yen. SGA augmented 12.2% year on year, due to the increase in personnel expenses through the business scale expansion and the temporary refund of taxes and public charges in the same period of the previous year, but it was offset by the sales growth, resulting in the rise in profit. Operating income margin, which had been declining year on year until the third quarter, rose 0.5 points year on year to 12.4%.

     

  • Regarding the improvement in profit margin, the steady improvement in the ratio of commissioned projects contributed significantly in both the business solution and embedded solution units. In the business solution unit, there are an increasing number of cases in which clients entrust Digital Information Technologies Corporation with development projects because it understands client companies well through operational support.

     

  • Sales and profit grew for 12 consecutive terms, both hitting a record high. For the fiscal year ended June 2022, the company plans to pay a dividend of 40.00 yen/share, including the dividend of 8.00 yen/share for commemorating the 40th anniversary of the start of business. The expected payout ratio is 42.7%.

     

  • For the fiscal year ending June 2023, sales are expected to grow 11.4% year on year to 18 billion yen and operating income is projected to rise 12.2% year on year to 2,250 million yen. Sales are forecast to increase in all business segments. The business solution and original product units are expected to see a double-digit sales growth. Operating income margin is forecast to rise 0.1 points to 12.5%, thanks to the increase of commissioned projects and the rise in the ratio of the sales of the original product unit. Sales and profit are expected to grow for the 13th consecutive term. Regarding dividends, the company plans to pay an ordinary dividend of 36.00 yen/share, up 4.00 yen/share from that in the previous term: 32.00 yen/share. The expected payout ratio is 35.4%.

     

  • Profitability has been increasing. As SGA ratio has been decreasing due to the sales growth as well as the rise in gross profit margin thanks to the increase of commissioned projects, the growth of the original product unit, etc., operating income margin is expected to reach 12.5% this term. For commissioned projects, the company will keep concentrating on the increase of them, while for the original product business, “WebARGUS” and “xoBlos” have exceeded their break-even points, starting to earn profits, and DD-CONNECT has been performing well. In addition, “WebARGUS for Ransomware Protection (provisional name),” which is to be released this year, was developed from in-company resources, so it is expected to be highly profitable.

     

  • While the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is weakening, we would like to pay attention to the progress of their measures for achieving the target operating income margin, which is 13.5% in the fiscal year ending June 2024, and quarterly results.

     

1. Company Overview

Digital Information Technologies Corporation is an independent information service company. Its sales are mostly from the undertaking of the development of business systems, embedded devices, etc. for clients mainly in the fields of finance, communications, etc. The company concentrates on the expansion of its products based on its original technologies, including "WebARGUS," a website security solution, and "xoBlos," an Excel work innovation platform. The company has a variety of characteristics, such as "multifaceted, diverse information technologies" and "organizational strategies of partial and total optimizations."

 

1-1 Corporate History

The late Norikazu Ichikawa (former Director and Chairperson) discovered a new world of computers and obtained programming qualifications while he was working at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation.
In 1996, he was appointed president of Toyo Computer System, Inc. as the successor to one of his acquaintances. He expanded its business area starting from business system development, and then computer sales business (current: system sales business), embedded product development validation business and operation support businesses turning Toyo Computer System Inc. into a multifaceted and diverse IT company.
In 2002, he established Toyo IT Holdings Corporation, which is the predecessor of current Digital Information Technologies Corporation, by separating several companies under the same group and establishing subsidiaries with 100% ownership. In 2006, he integrated four subsidiaries into one company and renamed it to the current company name.
In addition, in January 2011, he established DIT America, LLC in Kansas, U.S.A. Digital Information Technologies Corporation was listed on JASDAQ of Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in June 2015, listed on the second section of TSE in May 2016 and listed on the first section of TSE in March 2017.
In July 2018, Mr. Satoshi Ichikawa, who used to be Representative Director and Senior Managing Officer, took up the office of Representative Director and President to rejuvenate the management structure under the business environment where change is accelerating and make a system to enable prompt decision-making.
In April 2022, the company was listed on the Prime Market of TSE, through the restructuring of the stock market.

 

1-2 Corporate Philosophy

 

Our logo is a collection of cubes with an infinite number of stairs.

This collection is our company itself, and each cube represents each employee.

The 6 facets of the cubes represent six values which all employees share and consider valuable.

Our corporate identity represents these values in three tiers; clients, company and employees.

(From the company's website)

 

(From the company's website)

 

The above diagram is the unfoldment of the cube. According to the president Ichikawa, it emphasizes “clients first; this is where it all starts." Furthermore, the logo represents “training employees” and “communication with clients and among employees.” These are important values to the company. Additionally, we implore employees to “improve its added values,” “have passion” and “have a sense of purpose.”
Employees are to uphold this company policy as their creed and follow these principles at all times.

 

1-3 Market environment

The outlines of the market environment and growth potential of each business unit of the company mentioned in Section 1-4 “Business Description” are as follows.

 

(1) Business Solution Unit
The market of IT solutions, which helps deal with the shortage of manpower and the streamlining of business operations, has grown steadily. Cloud services & packaged software have been adopted by small and medium-sized enterprises and large companies.
In addition, digital transformation (DX), including the use of AI, IoT, RPA, and robotics, is expected to progress rapidly.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

(2) Embedded Solution Unit
The Japanese IoT market, especially services, is expected to grow considerably.
The industry of in-vehicle devices is forecasted to see the rapid growth of “connected cars,” which would create a variety of value, by having the functions as ICT terminals, obtaining various data, including vehicle states and surrounding road conditions, with sensors, and collecting and analyzing them via networks.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

(3) Original Product Unit
① WebARGUS
In the Japanese market of network security, both products and services are estimated to grow, and there are growing needs for the detection and elimination of threats before intrusion, as well as response after intrusion.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

② xoBlos
RPA (Robotic Process Automation), which is a system for supporting the significant streamlining of business operations, is attracting attention.
RPA means the automation of processes using robots. By using technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, in which AI learns things through repetition, white-collar tasks, especially back-office ones, are handled. Just by registering procedures of human tasks on an operation screen, it is possible for them to handle the tasks using various apps, including software, browsers, and cloud.
It is expected to spread rapidly, as one mean for reforming the ways of working, which is an issue to be overcome by Japanese enterprises.

 

(Created by the company based on Yano Research Institute's "2021 RPA Market Actual Conditions and Prospects")

 

1-4 Business Description

1. Segments
There are two segments: software development business and system sales business. The software development business consists of 3 business units: business solution unit, embedded solution unit and original product unit.

 

(1) Software Development Business
①Business Solution Unit
(Business system development unit)
The sales for this business unit is mostly from custom development for end-users and information systems companies which are clients’ subsidiaries in a wide variety of industries including finance, medicine/pharmacy, communications, distribution and transportation as well as for leading SI vendors.
Specifically, development for websites and key systems, front and back office operations, new system development and maintenance development with technologies developed in each area. The company has developed trustworthy relationships with leading companies in each area which enables them to secure stable orders.

 

(Operation support unit)
Main clients include communications carriers, total human service corporations and information system companies which are airlines subsidiaries.
This “business unit to support clients’ daily operations through IT” has stable revenue as it is an ongoing business in line with the business website domains of leading companies.

 

Specific business includes:
*Support desk operation for end-users who use various business systems.
*Build and maintain infrastructure (servers and networks).
*Efficient system operations in line with the latest technology trends.

 

②Embedded Solution Unit
(Embedded product development unit)
This business unit is trusted by leading manufacturers to directly develop custom software for in-vehicle devices, mobile devices, information home appliances and communication devices. For in-vehicle devices, mobile devices and information home appliances, the unit develops custom software for overall systems including firmware, device business unit controls and applications.
It focuses on Auto-Drive related field with new technology, as well as infotainment for in-vehicle devices as the demand for this market is expected to grow. In addition, it undertakes software development for wireless base stations and communication module devices for communication devices.

 

(Embedded product verification unit)
This business unit verifies and makes suggestions to improve qualities and functions of products through its verification service.
It provides verification services domestically and internationally (North America, Asia, Europe, etc.) including laboratory tests using specialized devices to verify product operation and function, field tests to verify products in the actual environments, as well as overall system tests conducted as the final quality verification from the perspectives of the third party.
Some of the overseas field tests are designated to its subsidiary, DIT America, LLC, which provides fast service with verification of product usability from the perspective of local staff.
The range of products for verification includes in-vehicle devices, medical devices, communication devices and mobiles.

 

③Original Product Unit
As a growth field, the business develops and sells products with unique technologies. It also handles products with high social needs through its alliances.
Currently, the company strongly focuses on the sales of two products, “WebARGUS,” a website security solution, which detects tampered website simultaneously as it occurs and instantly restores the original normal condition, “xoBlos,” an Excel work innovation platform, which features data decomposition and restoration as well as meeting various forms of data business processing needs, “DD-CONNECT,” electronic contract outsourcing service, DD-CONNECT, etc.

 

There are other products such as “APMG (Anti Phishing Mail Gateway),” a solution to prevent damages from phishing and illegal use of brands by automatically adding electronic signatures on e-mails, and “Rakuraku page,” a CMS (content management system), which enables editing and updating websites easily.

 

(2) System Sales Business
The company and its subsidiary, DIT Marketing Service Co., Ltd., sell “Rakuichi,” a business support mission-critical system, for small and medium enterprises, manufactured by Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
The sales area is started at Kanagawa first and expanded to Tokyo, Chiba, Gunma and Ehime successively. The Company provides substantial support for their users to increase the client retention rate. In addition, they set up a call center to attract and build a new client base. The number of sales for “Rakuichi” has been recorded to be the highest across all agencies for 17 consecutive years.

 

2. Main Strategic Products
(1) "WebARGUS," a new website security solution
WebARGUS is a new security solution which detects tampered websites instantaneously and immediately restores it to its original state. By detecting and restoring immediately when incident occurs, WebARGUS protects corporate websites from damage caused by malicious and unknown cyber-attacks and simultaneously prevents the escalation of the damage from viruses spreading via the tampered website.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

Increasing tampering of websites
According to the incident report published by “JPCERT Coordination Center”, about 100 cases are reported every month, and websites including the ones of government agencies are constantly exposed to threats, whether the case is major or minor.

 

“JPCERT Coordination Center” (*): This center receives reports concerning computer security incidents including hacking via internet and service disturbance in Japan. It also supports measures, grasps how the problems are generated, analyzes the methods, investigates and advises on measures to prevent recurrences from a technical point of view.

 

The background of the development of "WebARGUS"
Under these circumstances, the company, which had already released a solution called “APMG” to prevent damage from phishing and illegal use of brand by automatically adding electronic signature in e-mails, started developing “WebARGUS,” based on a core security technology in the spring of 2013, after 2 years of research. Then in July 2014, it released “WebARGUS.”

 

The major characteristic and strength of the company is that it has a variety of rich IT related technologies and has a highly standardized core security technology. This is because its engineers have a mindset to embrace challenges and are not afraid to take risks. Thus, they are not satisfied with just developing custom products. This is strongly influenced by the company’s organization strategy represented by its corporate culture and in-house company system which will be explained later in this report

 

The features and overview of the product

Instant detection and restoration for minimizing tampered website to nearly zero

Provide protection from tampering by a fake identity posing as a registered member, internal attack and new methods which can be difficult to protect from.

It detects with high accuracy and uses “electronic signature” technology which protects from even 1 bit of tampering.

Protects from high level attacks aimed at applications and settings files.

The CPU load (usage rate) on a web server is less than 1% while it is monitoring on a regular mode.

Equipped with preservation of evidence function which stores the tampered files as evidence.

 

When a website has been tampered with, it can take an average of one month to restore. This is because the restoration process includes disabling the website, identifying the damaged files, strengthening protection, website restoration and re-enabling the website. For an e-commerce related website, the damage can be serious, including a drop-in sales, time and effort to announce the re-enabling of the website and the difficulties in re-attracting clients who left the website.

 

When a website has been tampered with, it can take an average of one month to restore. This is because the restoration process includes disabling the website, identifying the damaged files, strengthening protection, website restoration and re-enabling the website. For an e-commerce related website, the damage can be serious, including a drop-in sales, time and effort to announce the re-enabling of the website and the difficulties in re-attracting clients who left the website.

 

On the other hand, if “WebARGUS” is installed, because it instantly detects and restores websites when tampered with, the condition of a website can be maintained in the normal state. Thus, the website does not need to be disabled in a rush when the application detects a threat. Companies can concentrate on pursuing the cause and strengthening protection while its website is kept open to public.

 

Most of the detection software detects tampered website with a periodic monitoring on pre-configured, specified timing or intervals. With this method, there will be a time lag between when the website is tampered with and when it was detected, so it is inevitable for the website to be tampered. In addition, if the interval is shortened to reduce the time lag, there are other challenges such as increasing CPU load.

 

On the other hand, when some kind of event occurs (such as data deletion or addition excluding browsing), “WebARGUS” conducts real time scanning to detect the event.
The major feature of this product is that it is also equipped with an instant restoring function which enables restoration to the original state in less than 0.1 seconds after the detection (average time under the demo environment: 0.03 seconds per file). This instant restoration is its unique technology.

 

The annual license fee of “WebARGUS” is JPY528,000 (incl. tax) per OS with support.
This also includes free update modules for minor version updates.

 

Introduction and sales
When WebARGUS was released, the sales growth was rather slow because general understanding of website security was mainly about protection against hacking into a computer system and awareness about “tampering” was limited. However, the acknowledgment that “software for detection is needed as well as for protection” is growing rapidly due to the more frequent mentioning of the independent administrative agency, “IPA (Information Processing Association),” taking measures to prevent defacement. This agency is established to support the IT national strategy from a technical and personnel aspect perspective and is supervised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
In addition, “Revised Points for the Cyber-Security Management Guidelines” were announced on November 16, 2017, to which the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry added a new key aspect: construction of a system to handle cyber-security risks, including functions such as threat detection and restoration. Because of this, inquiries to the company increased further.

 

Under these circumstances, the company has carried out promotion and marketing including organizing seminars for target users who recognize the necessity for a higher level of security, and participation in exhibitions.
It focuses on agency sales to strengthening marketability.
They have been actively involved in development collaborations with data centers and cloud service corporations.
Furthermore, the company is expected to expand its business overseas as well as product sales in Japan. The company is preparing to provide support for the tampering of websites across the globe.

 

Strengthening the feature of merchandise
Initially, WebARGUS was only available for Linux, but a Windows version was released in April 2016, and the enterprise edition, which was targeted at large-scale companies in September 2017. In February 2018, the company began offering a next-generation cloud WAF (WebARGUS Fortify), which dramatically strengthens the functionality of comprehensive web security. In particular, because of the release of the enterprise edition, which was targeted at large-scale companies, an increasing number of large companies (mainly listed companies) adopt WebARGUS.
The company also began offering “SaaS” in May 2018 to enhance user convenience and further popularize the products, and collaborated in full scale with F-Secure Corporation, a Finnish cyber security company, in June 2018. The company established a total security provision system using the complementary relationship between F-Secure’s “F-Secure RADAR,” a vulnerability scanning tool for IT system, and DIT’s “WebARGUS.”
It began collaboration with Secure Age, a cyber security company based in Singapore, on information leakage measures (encryption technology) in December 2019 and with SSH Communication Security, a cyber security company based in Finland, on access route optimization in January 2020. The company will continue to establish such alliances.

 

The company enhanced the varieties of the security solution products through various measures including the above alliance, and it is also considering expanding the range of applications of products in anticipation of needs for security measures for the IoT generation, including WebARGUS for embedded products.
For example, the spread and penetration of automatic driving have made the securement of safety an important mission for the companies providing automatic driving systems, and it is expected that the field where they work actively will grow further.
As for the embedded edition, the company started up an official project and is continuously carrying out discussions and technical investigation of concrete business plans for its commercialization. Although commercialization will take time, the company aims to realize it earlier through the accumulation of its steady business accomplishments.

 

◎ Expansion of the security domain
A rapidly increasing number of people suffer from ransomware, which is a kind of malware that encrypts files to make them unusable and demand a ransom payment for decrypting these files.
In this situation, the company is currently developing “WebARGUS for Ransomware Protection (provisional name),” which is equipped with the function to block the malicious programs to change or delete important data on a real-time basis and protect important data from various risks (such as cyberattacks, inside jobs, and encryption of data by ransomware), in addition to “WebARGUS,” which detects website falsification and repair the websites instantly, and plans to release it by the end of 2023.
As there are many command patterns of ransomware, “WebARGUS for Ransomware Protection (provisional name)” can block 29 command patterns. The company thinks that no other products can control such a broad range of command patterns. Combined with the existing “WebARGUS,” it is possible to fortify your cyber security system.

 

(2) “xoBlos,” an Excel work innovation platform
Even in advanced corporations with a high level of IT, there are numerous Excel-based tasks including manual operations in the office. Most non-routine tasks consist of repetitive manual operations such as processing Excel reports by manually inputting data from paper reports, aggregating totals from multiple Excel sheets and visualizing and analyzing CSV data extracted from packaged system.
The company's original-brand, "xoBlos," entirely automates these inefficient Excel-based tasks and provides drastic improvements to workflow.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

Background of development
Many corporations use Excel, the major spreadsheet software, for generating quotations and invoices. However, in cases where they generate these documents in different formats for each client according to the clients’ requirements, manual input is mandatory because it is difficult to tally, sort and analyze in a systematic way.
For this, the company developed “xoBlos,” an Excel work innovation platform, to automate tasks and significantly improve workflow efficiency.

 

Product feature, overview and an example of introduction

Enables management of different data formats for tallying and processing

Enables increased efficiency with current Excel spreadsheets.

Process up to dozens of times faster than using macros.

Can be embedded into other packaged products as an engine to output Excel spreadsheets.

 

xoBlos was released about ten years ago with the aim of drastically improving the efficiency of work using Excel. It is now receiving considerably more attention due to its efficiency “to create a company-wide platform which covers everything from improving work efficiency to providing information useful in managerial decisions, while diverting workflow from areas currently using Excel,” in addition to the convenience and relatively cheap introduction cost, because work-style reform trends centered on revising long work hours grow stronger. Indeed, the times have caught up with xoBlos and the company.

 

For further enhancement of product competitiveness, the company strengthened the automatic processing of Excel work by providing a function linked with RPA* products and other systems in February 2018. This function can be operated on a PC client as well as a Web Server, leading to improvements in convenience for wider users.

 

The domestic RPA market is projected to double to 80,000 million yen in the next few years, and RPA-related services, which occupy 80% of the market, are expected to have a higher growth rate than RPA tool products, which occupy only 20%. Based on this, xoBlos, which can be considered as an RPA-related service, is anticipated to have high growth potential.

 

Introduction of xoBlos brought significant operational efficiency in many companies, including the cases given below.
(Every excerpt/summary by Investment Bridge with reference to the materials of the company)

 

* A sample use case: Accordia Golf Co., Ltd. “Reduced the number of work hours by about 20,000 hours annually”
The Accordia Golf Group runs golf courses and golf ranges in 161 locations in Japan, engaging in golf course and golf range management businesses, etc.

 

(Situation before the installation of xoBlos)
At the end of every month, a massive number of reports on business results, including sales, were collected in the form of Excel files in various formats from 161 bases in the country, but data totalization work was an extremely difficult task since some bases had restaurants, shops, hotels, resort facilities, etc., attached to the golf courses.
Also, as these figures were managed and analyzed in detail for each base, business unit, department, and employee, the back-office department had concerns about sustainability due to increased size of Excel files and maintenance at a macro level.

 

(Reasons for choosing xoBlos)
Most importantly, it is a high-speed engine. A system becomes useless despite its ability to process Excel files, if it is slow. Therefore, the fact that xoBlos can process a large number of Excel files at high speed was an important factor for selection for the company. In addition, the company valued the fact that it did not require database and could be used without programming as control sheets were also in Excel, and its cost was reasonable.

 

(After the installation of xoBlos)
Since the format differed for each base, a large number of work hours used to be required, but the adoption of xoBlos led to reduction in the number of work hours by about 20,000 hours (estimated) annually, and the information required by the management team for management could now be delivered swiftly and accurately.
With RPA in mind, the company is considering the utilization of xoBlos for further improvement of workflow and operational efficiency.

 

Toward further value improvement of the platform “xoBlos Plus-One Concept”
“xoBlos” is already highly rated as a work innovation platform that supports in bringing significant operational efficiency by fully automatizing the inefficient work based on Excel, but the company started taking initiatives to make it a platform that offers more high-added value to clients to respond to the changing times and customer needs.
“xoBlos Plus-One Concept” is the result of the above initiatives.

 

The main concept of “xoBlos Plus-One Concept” is “improvement of data value.”
Companies carry out various activities, and they have different systems for the management of each activity.
For example, a company has a system for ERP, which drafts a plan for the appropriate distribution of resources including personnel, things, capital and information, and their effective utilization, at the top, and other systems for CRM for customer management, inventory management, management of acceptance & placement of orders, attendance data, personnel and accounts.
A large amount of data is extracted from each system, and in recent years, there has been a skyrocketing need for enhancement of operational efficiency and visualization of a company’s own state by integrating and combining the data, instead of handling them individually.
However, realization of the above is not easy for a company as it requires a large number of work hours and involves huge costs.

 

In such a situation, clients who installed xoBlos, which processes data efficiently at high speed, achieved efficiency in reporting and are able to utilize the data of by integrating and combining the data easily at a reasonable cost.
Also, it is one of the major features of “xoBlos Plus-One Concept” that it allows the use of data in a desired format of each division and department, from the upstream management team to downstream departments of production, sales, general affairs and administration.
Although it is still a “concept” at present, the company has just begun to carry out activities for its realization, and it plans to link various systems on xoBlos through tie-ups with manufacturers, and propose a concrete image of “xoBlos Plus-One Concept” to its client companies.

 

*A sample use case: Shibukawa City Hall in Gunma Prefecture “Scheduled to install xoBlos aiming to improve the efficiency of administrative work”
(Background of installation of xoBlos)
With the progress of the information society, Shibukawa City Hall started actively using IT in 2007 to improve administrative services and enhance efficiency. In 2018, the City Hall formulated the “Shibukawa City Information Technology Promotion Basic Policy,” and in the following 2019, established the “Shibukawa City Information Technology Promotion Implementation Plan,” with the goal of improving administrative efficiency. Specifically, it is aiming to streamline administrative activities using AI, IoT and RPA.

 

(Reasons for choosing xoBlos)
Initially, the City Hall was considering installing RPA. However, after the vender interviewed the HR Department, it found that Microsoft Excel® is used in many work processes. Based on the result, the City Hall was advised that, for streamlining the work, tools such as xoBlos that is specialized for Excel® would be better for the staff, as they can be handled more easily and results can be obtained more easily, too, compared with other tools such as RPA that can handle general computer works.

 

Based on the advice, the City Hall compared the Excel® macro function, RPA, and xoBlos.
Macro function of Excel® has a disadvantage that maintenance cannot be performed if a staff member who has detailed knowledge on the function is transferred, and the City Hall actually experienced such an issue before.
Furthermore, although RPA can run applications and software other than Excel®, it requires a lot of man-hours and specialized skills to create automated programs and ensure stable operation.
Meanwhile, xoBlos is easy to use, even for people who are not familiar with IT and will also help the City Hall improve efficiency, as there are many work processes that require Excel® at the City Hall.

 

(How to use xoBlos)
The City Hall’s HR Department annually conducts a questionnaire called a staff survey, in which all 700 employees are asked about their request for transfer and their workplace. They used xoBlos for the calculation of this survey.
Before the installation of xoBlos, the employees filled in the designated survey form on a computer or by hand, and submitted it in a sealed envelope to the HR Department. The HR Department checked them one by one, transcribed the data of over 700 people onto a file using Excel®, and filed them as reference material for personnel transfer.
Because there were so many descriptive questions such as “Request of transfer (name of department)” and “Request for a workplace,” the data were huge. Furthermore, because sensitive information was contained in the answers, only 1 person at the HR Department was in charge of the transcription work. Due to confidentiality, the person needed to work at night or in the conference room.
According to the calculation by the City Hall, it took the person 78 man-hours to aggregate the data.

 

Upon using xoBlos, the City Hall, in collaboration with the vender, first revised the questionnaire survey format to make it compatible with xoBlos.
Next, they imported employees’ personal data such as email addresses and dates of birth to xoBlos, and set personal information of each employee in a questionnaire form in advance via xoBlos. The questionnaire was then sent by xoBlos to each employee by a batch email.

 

When the response was sent back by email, the files were saved in a specified folder and aggregated by xoBlos. The contents of the questionnaire were then automatically displayed in a list, which made it possible to check who has submitted and who has not at a glance. Finally, as for printing and filing the questionnaire, using an extension application developed by the vendor, the City Hall was also able to print the data all at once from xoBlos and prepare for filing the report with one click.
As a result, the required time for finishing the task was reduced from 78 hours to 7 hours after the installation of xoBlos. The impact of efficiency improvement was extremely large.

 

(Comments on the use of xoBlos)
The use of xoBlos this time was experimental, and because most of the installation processes, such as formulating a new process, creating a new format, and configuring xoBlos, were conducted by the vendor, it was extremely easy for the City Hall to handle the set xoBlos.
Furthermore, because xoBlos is already installed and used on the existing client computers, there was no need for new capital investment associated with the installation.
The City Hall felt that it was very rare that a new IT initiative could be implemented so smoothly like this.

 

(Future policy and development)
Because the City Hall was able to confirm the effect of xoBlos in the demonstration experiment at the HR Department, they are willing to expand the use of xoBlos in other departments and other tasks in the future. Because there are so much work using Excel® in the City Hall, they believe that a significant efficiency improvement effect can be expected using xoBlos.

 

The City Hall also needs to visualize the current work process to streamline the work by xoBlos. In the process, they need to review work and identify which works are not necessary. In this regard, according to the City Hall, installation of xoBlos is a good opportunity not only for improving work efficiency, but also for raising awareness on work.

 

Introduction and sales
The company has been expanding sales including hosting seminars jointly with one of its major agencies, Daiko Denshi Tsushin, Ltd (8023, the second section of TSE), by taking full advantage of its wide variety of clients, branches and marketability. The company has established a network of about 30 primary agencies including Daiko Denshi Tsushin, Ltd.
Initially, the company was mainly making introductions to medium-sized companies, but as the need for efficiency in on-site work has increased, there have also been more introductions to large companies. Currently, about 70% of newly introduced companies are large companies. The company holds a seminar for sales promotion three times per week, and on most occasions every seat is filled. At present, the company made introductions to over 450 companies, and it plans to increase the number by 100-120 annually.
In August 2020, it began using a subscription mode to expand sales stably and improve profitability.

 

 

③ Electronic Contract Outsourcing Service, DD-CONNECT
In September 2020, the company signed a partnership agreement with NS Solutions Corporation to sell the electronic contract cloud CONTRACTHUB @absonne, which has had the largest share of sales in the electronic contract service market for four consecutive years.
In October 2020, the company started selling DD-CONNECT, an outsourcing system that handles a series of services from the introduction to operation and maintenance of CONTRACTHUB on behalf of customers.

 

(Overview of CONTRACTHUB and DD-CONNECT)
CONTRACTHUB has been deployed mainly by large companies in various industries since the service started in 2013 and is now a pioneer of electronic contract services used by more than 130,000 users.
Since it can be flexibly linked with ERP and sales systems, it can improve the productivity of various operations related to contracts, and both the vendor and the customer can review the electronic contract history, including its conclusion and revisions, on the cloud. Thus, it can improve the efficiency of contract management tasks.

 

DIT's DD-CONNECT is a series of services that offer testing support related to the introduction of CONTRACTHUB, operation support, and maintenance support. Since DD-CONNECT provides the necessary services collectively, it is easier to introduce than an electronic contract system software package alone. Therefore DD-CONNECT is expected to contribute to further cost reduction and labor-saving.

 

By regularly sharing human resources and knowledge with NS Solutions, the company provides a wide range of higher value-added electronic contract services, such as measures to improve the efficiency of domestic companies' contract operations and the promotion of going paperless and Hanko (Japanese stamp)-less.

 

(Taken from the reference materials of Digital Information Technologies Corporation)

 

④ Highly Secure Website Creation Platform, “shield cms”
In September 2021, the company released shield cms, a website creation platform equipped with a cyber security function that instantly detects website tampering and restores the website in less than 0.1 seconds.
The company aims to introduce it to 100 companies in three years.

 

*CMS: Contents Management System. It is a broad term for a system that integrates and systematically manages digital content such as text and images that make up web content and performs necessary processing such as distribution.

 

(Background of the release)
Many website creation platforms are based on open-source models that can be used free of charge or their modified ones. Although they are easy to use and convenient, they are easily targeted by cyber-attacks because their mechanism is well known. Moreover, as cyber-attacks are becoming more diverse and complex, the needs for products that can automatically prevent them are increasing.

 

(The product's features)
Shield cms incorporates the company's security product WebARGUS as the standard equipment. It detects tampering simultaneously as it occurs and instantly restores the original condition. It also alerts the system administrator the occurrence of website tampering. The time from tampering to the recovery/alert notification is less than 0.1 seconds, and the actual damage can be reduced to zero.

 

In addition, as a CMS function, even beginners can easily create a website with the "Edit as you exactly see it" function that combines and arranges various design parts on the screen, and you can also add HTML input, CSS, and JavaScript so that you can create your own original design.

 

1-5 Characteristics and strengths

(1) Multifaceted and diverse IT company
The company has expanded its business areas by flexibly responding to the progress of information technology, from business system development business to computer sales (current: system sales), embedded product development and verification business, and operational support business as well as working on its original products based on its technical strengths which have been developed during the process of business expansion.
One of the major characteristics of the company is that it is a multifaceted and diverse IT company and has a wide range of business activities and provides own-brand product with originality.

 

In order to improve the strengths and characteristics of the company, it is essential to acquire new technology and improve the on-site capabilities.The company has been providing training and education to the employees; however, it is establishing a stronger education system, as it is important to have the latest knowledge ahead of customers in times of rapid changes.
From the perspective of diversity, the company is also working to create an environment in which female employees can easily demonstrate their abilities.
It is making efforts to provide not only on the job training, but also training on managerial skills to promote female employees from mid-level positions to managerial positions including executive positions.

 

(2) A wide range of customer base
There are about 2,800 client companies. Main clients for the software development business are listed companies and their affiliates, while main clients for the system sales business are small and medium-sized enterprises. Since the business categories of clients are diverse as shown below and stable long-term business is mainly operated, its business base is stable.
The ratio of sales of end users, including information system subsidiaries, is about 80%.

 

 

(Taken from the financial briefing materials FY6/22 )

 

(3) Organizational strategies of partial and total optimization
Another significant characteristic of the company is that it has an organizational strategy with two opposite factors, partial and total optimization in a well-balanced manner.
For partial optimization, the company has specialized companies under an in-house company system which aim to be the best in each field. It also provides training and produces entrepreneurs with innovative spirits.
For total optimization, the company pursues synergy between companies while respecting independence of each in-house company; through scrap and build done by the headquarters, collaboration between each in-house company and development of new business areas.

 

(Overview of each in-house company)

Main business unit

Company name

Overview

Business

system development unit

Business Solution

Company

This company develops a proposal style SI business to provide solutions for clients.

Especially in the fields of finance, communications and distribution, this company undertakes design and development of a wide range of software such as general-purpose systems, website systems, mission-critical systems and information systems for leading companies in each industry. It also provides a new business area, ASP business for "Insurance Pharmacy Integrated Management System (Phant's)."

e-business Services

Company

This company provides website system architecture and maintenance for e-commerce websites and service websites for clients mainly for finance and major retail industries for many years. It provides a service to suit clients’ requirements with technologies which it has developed through experience.

Operation

support unit

Support Business

Company

This company’s engineers have a wide range of knowledge enabling it to provide one stop optimal IT environment (service) to suit clients' requirements including support for introducing systems, infrastructure-building, network operation management and middleware development.

Embedded product

development unit

Embedded Product Solution

Company

This company specializes in control system development focused on embedded systems for in-vehicle devices, communication devices, industrial equipment and digital home appliances. It has many engineers with highly specialized skills for embedded system development. Because of the physical conditions of hardware, embedded systems development can be very restrictive, and requires a meticulous level of problem-solving that differs from general application development.

Embedded product

verification unit

Quality Engineering

Company

This company has a wide range of software validation and verification businesses from in-vehicle devices such as car navigation systems to medical devices, communication infrastructure and mobile terminals. It gives priority to improving the quality of products and provides total service from planning, designing, implementing, operating and analyzing tests to consulting.

It has collaborated with DIT America, LLC, a local subsidiary in the U.S.A. since 2011. It also provides verification services overseas.

(Combination)

Western Japan Company

Activities are based west of Nagoya, with a focus on Osaka. DIT takes part in three businesses: business system development and operational support, mobile and web application development, and embedded systems development (in-vehicle devices and security-related matters).

Recently, the company is aiming to expand into the IoT and Web service businesses, taking advantage of multi-skilling.

Ehime Company

This company is located in Ehime and provides a high added-value one stop service for product development to meet the regionally specific requirements for a variety of industries and businesses as well as sales of software and system devices, operation and system support, and contributes to local revitalization. It also employs engineers locally at a multi-purpose IT development center to tackle the engineer shortage in the other companies, which enables nearshore development.

 

(4) Development and sales of original own-brand products
As mentioned above, the company has developed a variety of original own-brand products like “xoBlos” and “WebARGUS” with its unique technologies. They are growing to be the primary source of revenue in the future.
In the fiscal year ended June 2021, the company expanded its lineup by releasing the electronic contract outsourcing service DD-CONNECT based on its partnership agreement with NS Solutions Corporation. The company will nurture it as a pillar of future profits.

 

2. Fiscal Year ended June 2022 Earnings Results

2-1 Consolidated business results

 

FY 6/21

Ratio to sales

FY 6/22

Ratio to sales

YoY

Sales

14,444

100.0%

16,156

100.0%

+11.9%

Gross Profit

3,574

24.7%

4,082

25.3%

14.2%

SG&A

1,852

12.8%

2,078

12.9%

+12.2%

Operating Income

1,722

11.9%

2,004

12.4%

+16.4%

Ordinary Income

1,730

12.0%

2,004

12.4%

+15.8%

Net Income

1,196

8.3%

1,439

8.9%

+20.3%

*Unit: million yen. Net income is quarterly net income attributable to shareholders of the parent company. Hereinafter the same will apply.

 

Sales and profit grew for 12 consecutive terms, both hitting a record high
Sales increased 11.9% year on year to 16,156 million yen The software development business, which is the core business, grew. All of the three business segments saw a double-digit sales growth.
Operating income rose 16.4% year on year to 2,004 million yen. The software development business, which is the core business, grew. SGA augmented 12.2% year on year, due to the increase in personnel expenses through the business scale expansion and the temporary refund of taxes and public charges in the same period of the previous year, but it was offset by the sales growth, resulting in the rise in profit. Operating income margin, which had been declining year on year until the third quarter, rose 0.5 points year on year to 12.4%. Regarding the improvement in profit margin, the steady improvement in the ratio of commissioned projects contributed significantly in both the business solution and embedded solution units. In the business solution unit, there are an increasing number of cases in which clients entrust Digital Information Technologies Corporation with development projects because it understands client companies well through operational support. Sales and profit grew for 12 consecutive terms, both hitting a record high. For the fiscal year ended June 2022, the company plans to pay a dividend of 40.00 yen/share, including the dividend of 8.00 yen/share for commemorating the 40th anniversary of the start of business. The expected payout ratio is 42.7%.

 

 

2-2 Trends by segment

 

FY 6/21

Ratio to sales

FY 6/22

Ratio to sales

YoY

Software Development Business

13,838

95.8%

15,562

96.3%

+12.5%

System Sales Business

605

4.2%

593

3.7%

-1.9%

Total sales

14,444

100.0%

16,156

100.0%

+11.9%

Software Development Business

1,669

12.1%

1,929

12.4%

+15.6%

System Sales Business

52

8.7%

50

8.5

-4.0

Adjustment

0

-

24

-

-

Total operating income

1,722

119%

2,004

12.4%

+16.4%

*Unit: million yen. Sales mean sales to external clients. The composition ratio of operating income means the ratio of operating income to sales.

 

(Sales trends by business unit)

 

FY 6/21

Ratio to sales

FY 6/22

Ratio to sales

YoY

Business Solution Unit

8,604

59.6%

9,553

59.1%

+11.0%

 Business System

4,891

33.9%

5,739

35.5%

+17.3%

 Operation Support

3,712

25.7%

3,814

23.6%

+2.7%

Embedded Solution Unit

4,522

31.3%

5,164

32.0%

+14.2%

 Embedded Product Development

3,518

24.4%

3,889

24.1%

+10.5%

 Embedded Product Verification

1,003

6.9%

1,274

7.9%

+27.0%

Original Product Unit

712

4.9%

845

5.2%

+18.7%

System Sales Unit

605

4.2%

593

3.7%

-1.9%

Total sales

14,444

100.0%

16,156

100.0%

+11.9%

*Unit: million yen. Composition ratio to total net sales.

 

◎Software Development Business
Both sales and profit increased.

 

*Business solution unit
Sales and profit increased due to the business portfolio revision.
In business system development, the sales of financial systems dropped as large-scale projects ended. However, the sales of the pharmaceutical business, which requires efforts including the replacement of core systems, increased significantly. The company was also able to make transactions for telecommunications, manufacturing, and ERP-related projects more than expected, which led to significant growth in sales.
Regarding ERP, the company was able to develop human resources versed in ERP, in cooperation with leading consulting firms in the past few years, and it is leading to good business results.
Operational support was partially affected by the business reform in major clients amid the coronavirus pandemic, but grasping the needs for configuration for establishing a cloud computing base, etc., the company was able to make new transactions, and grew the business steadily. This is expected to lead to new development projects in the future.

 

*Embedded solution unit
Sales and profit grew thanks to the increase in sales of semiconductor-related business, etc.
In embedded system development, the mainstay automobile-related business has recovered from its stagnation, and sales increased slightly. The sales of the semiconductor-related business have also grown significantly. The sales of the IoT-related business, including mobile and home appliances, were also strong.
In embedded system verification, sales of in-vehicle system verification increased significantly, and 5G (mobile terminals and base stations) and medical domains also performed well, resulting in significant growth. Previously, testing after development was dominant, but the number of orders for testing only is increasing as they developed tools and logic for automation and standardization.

 

*Original Product Unit
Although there are still restrictions on marketing activities due to the novel coronavirus crisis, sales rose from the previous year.

 

“WebARGUS”
Sales remained strong due to an increase in license sales. The company also continued to collaborate with external cyber security firms.

 

“xoBlos”
The company distributed the product among existing customers, and sales have grown steadily. Product competitiveness has been improved by promoting the xoBlos Plus-One Concept in collaboration with other companies' products such as RPA and ERP. The number of major companies adopting it is also increasing. It is expected to be used for data linkage in global subsidiaries in the future.

 

“Other”
Regarding DD-CONNECT, the company has started receiving inquiries and new orders. The development of distributors for the new original product shield cms has progressed.

 

◎System Sales Business
The drop after the end of the special demand due to the response to the reduced tax rate from the term before last to the previous term subsided, but the business was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, because they market and sell products in a face-to-face manner, and they shift some of marketing resources to the original product unit (xoBlos), so sales declined. However, the decrease rate shrank, and profit is improving.

 

2-3 Financial condition and cash flow

◎Main BS

 

End of June 2021

End of

June

2022

Increase/Decrease

 

End of June 2021

End of

June

2022

Increase/Decrease

Current assets

5,664

6,917

+1,253

Current liabilities

1,750

1,960

+209

 Cash and deposits

3,333

3,843

+510

 Accounts payable

487

592

+105

 Trade receivables

2,084

2,841

+756

Fixed liabilities

111

168

+57

Noncurrent assets

724

764

+39

Total labilities

1,861

2,129

+267

 Tangible fixed assets

110

144

+34

Net assets

4,526

5,552

+1,025

 Investments and other assets

598

409

-189

Retained earnings

3,949

4,954

+1,005

Total assets

6,388

7,681

+1,292

Total liabilities, net assets

6,388

7,681

+1,292

*Unit: Million yen. Trrade receivables include contract asset.

 

Total assets increased by 432 million yen from the end of the previous period to 6,820 million yen, mainly due to an increase in cash and deposits. Total liabilities decreased 46 million yen to 1,815 million yen. Net assets increased 478 million yen YoY to 5,005 million yen due to an increase in retained earnings.
As a result, the equity ratio rose 2.5 percentage points from the end of the previous period to 73.4%.

 

◎Cash Flow

 

FY 6/21

FY 6/22

Increase/Decrease

Operating Cash Flow

1,260

958

-302

Investing Cash Flow

5

-14

-19

Free Cash Flow

1,266

943

-322

Financing Cash Flow

-334

-456

-121

Cash, Equivalents

3,326

3,835

+509

*Unit: Million yen

 

The surpluses of operating CF and free CF shrank, due to the growth of accounts receivable, etc., but the cash position increased.

 

2-4 Topics

◎ Acquisition of Simplism Inc. as a subsidiary
In June 2022, the company acquired Simplism Inc. as a 100% subsidiary.

 

(Outline of Simplism Inc.)
Established in April 2011. It offers mainly the services of operating and maintaining systems. In the fiscal year ended March 2022, sales were 539 million yen, and operating income was 19 million yen. Total assets and net assets stood at 120 million yen and 48 million yen, respectively.

 

(Background for making Simplism a subsidiary)
DIT has grown by utilizing its internal resources, but in recent years, it has been faced with many cases in which they could not live up to the growing expectations of customers due to the shortage of resources, and it was imperative to strengthen personnel. Accordingly, in August 2021, DIT set the mid/long-term management goal “DIT 2030 Vision,” implemented the priority measure of improving the on-site performance of the core business and declared that it would actively conduct M&A if synergetic effects can be expected.
On the other hand, Simplism had been expanding its scale and business performance steadily, but it pursued a single business domain, so there was a problem in developing an environment for enabling employees to develop their career and take on challenges. Therefore, they were seeking a solution.

 

In that situation, it was considered that by matching DIT’s wish to strengthen personnel and Simplism’s wish to develop an environment for enabling employees to try diverse business models, it would be possible to generate synergetic effects, reducing the cases in which they miss opportunities due to the shortage of resources in DIT and securing an environment for developing the career of employees and acquiring technologies in new fields in Simplism. Accordingly, the two companies agreed that DIT would acquire Simplism as a subsidiary.
The resources of Simplism will be allocated to mainly the existing projects, and DIT will concentrate on seeking and developing new projects.

 

3. Fiscal Year ending June 2022 Earnings Forecasts

3-1 Full-year earnings forecast

 

FY 6/22

Ratio to sales

FY 6/23 Est

Ratio to sales

YoY

Sales

16,156

100.0%

18,000

100.0%

+11.4%

Operating Income

2,004

12.4%

2,250

12.5%

+12.2%

Ordinary Income

2,004

12.4%

2,250

12.5%

+12.3%

Net Income

1,439

8.9%

1,561

8.7%

+8.5%

*Unit: Million yen. The estimated values are from the company.

 

Sales and profit are expected to grow for the 13th consecutive term
For the fiscal year ending June 2023, sales are expected to grow 11.4% year on year to 18 billion yen and operating income is projected to rise 12.2% year on year to 2,250 million yen. Sales are forecast to increase in all business segments. The business solution and original product units are expected to see a double-digit sales growth. Operating income margin is forecast to rise 0.1 points to 12.5%, thanks to the increase of commissioned projects and the rise in the ratio of the sales of the original product unit. Sales and profit are expected to grow for the 13th consecutive term. Regarding dividends, the company plans to pay an ordinary dividend of 36.00 yen/share, up 4.00 yen/share from that in the previous term: 32.00 yen/share. The expected payout ratio is 35.4%. Regarding dividends, the company plans to pay an ordinary dividend of 36.00 yen/share, up 4.00 yen/share from that in the previous term: 32.00 yen/share. The expected payout ratio is 35.4%.

 

3-2 Trend of each business unit.

(Trend of sales)

 

FY 6/22

Ratio to sales

FY 6/23 Est

Ratio to sales

YoY

Software Development Business

15,562

96.3%

17,400

96.7%

+11.8%

 Business Solution Unit

9,553

59.1%

10,900

60.6%

+14.1%

 Embedded Solution Unit

5,164

32.0%

5,500

30.6%

+6.5%

 Original Product Unit

845

5.2%

1,000

5.6%

+18.3%

System Sales Unit

593

3.7%

600

3.3%

+1.2%

Total

16,156

100.0%

18,000

100.0%

+11.4%

*Unit: Million yen

 

◎Business Solution Unit
By accurately meeting the strong demand, the company will expand its share among existing clients and increase new clients.
For the development of business systems, the company aims to keep improving profitability by steadily meeting the growing demand for DX in various fields, increasing commissioned projects, and executing them soundly.
For operation support, the company aims to get back on a recovery track, by expanding the support range and utilizing the personnel of Simplism Inc., which became a subsidiary. Simplism’s contribution to sales is about 500 million yen.

 

(Priority measures)
In addition to deepening relationships with existing customers, the company is cultivating new customers. The company aims to achieve growth through the following measures.

 

Priority measures

1. To proceed with large-scale commissioned projects for pharmaceutical products in a down-to-earth manner

2. To expand ERP (such as SAP) and increase projects for development and operation through the restructuring of communications companies

3. To increase orders for technical projects for DX utilizing cloud computing, AI, robots, etc.

4. Increase direct contracts with end users. Promote service proposal-type business.

5. Aim to improve the ratio of commissioned projects and thoroughly manage projects.

6. To cooperate with the subsidiary Simplism in operation support business

7. Expand the business by utilizing the local bases as "advanced nearshore development centers."

 

A medical project is a large-scale commissioned project of the largest scale in the company’s history. Even after the completion of a commissioned project, the company is expected to receive orders for the revamping of systems, operation support, etc. Accordingly, the company will concentrate on securing resources and proceeding with projects surely and steadily.
The company will keep increasing the ratio of commissioned projects and improving profitability.

 

◎Embedded Solution Unit
The company will increase its market share among existing excellent clients, including automobile manufacturers, and disseminate its own technologies.
For the development of embedded systems, the company will make efforts to expand its market share among excellent clients in the fields of in-vehicle devices and semiconductors, and increase clients in the fields related to IoT, industrial equipment, etc.
For the testing of embedded systems, the company aims to accelerate growth rate by expanding the domains related to in-vehicle devices, medical apparatus, and 5G.

 

(Priority measures)
Although the impact of the novel coronavirus crisis is expected to continue, the business is responsible for many core areas with high social needs. Therefore, the company aims for growth through the following measures.

 

Priority measures

1. To maintain or expand (expansion and pursuit of business) its market share among mainly existing clients in the automobile-related field (automatic driving, in-vehicle communication devices, and safety standards)

2. Expand IoT-related products and services beyond the boundaries of industries, including cars (development of communication modules) and home appliances (development of IoT service platforms for kitchen appliances and service expansion).

3. To increase new clients mainly in the Chubu region

4. To standardize testing operations, to improve quality and receive more orders

5. To improve cloud computing know-how and start the service of testing systems for business operations, too

 

Regarding the standardization of embedded verification, the company is pursuing the increase in productivity by eliminating individual-based disparities by using automation tools and unifying the verification process for each industry and product. As mentioned above, the company will concentrate on receiving more orders for testing only.

 

◎Original Product Unit
The company aims to keep growing considerably, with a lineup of products, including new products, which can exert effects in the new-normal society amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“WebARGUS” and “xoBlos” have exceeded the break-even points and started contributing to revenues.
Regarding cyber security, the company will release products for dealing with ransomware by the end of this year, to meet demand further.
The company aims to improve the popularity of shield cms, which is the platform for creating highly secure websites and was released in 2021and promote sales.

 

*WebARGUS
(Priority measures)
Business inquiries are increasing, and growth is expected through the following measures.

 

Priority measures

1.Based on the deployment results, the company will actively approach large-scale users, mainly financial institutions.

2. Providing comprehensive security services under the DIT Security brand.

 -Revitalizing activities through joint seminars with affiliated companies

 -Strengthening the lineup of cybersecurity products

3. To release WebARGUS for Ransomware Protection (provisional name) by the end of this year

4. To design strategies for popularizing the product as a brand and implement the strategy based on advertisements, including TV commercials

5. Introducing the IoT version of WebARGUS based on the system resilience (self-detection and self-restoration) concept.

 

The company is designing effective commercial strategies for popularizing the product and will discuss investment exceeding the previous one if necessary, including test marketing.

 

*xoBlos
(Priority measures)
The company aims to capture further expanding demand.

 

Priority measures

1. Cumulative number of companies that have adopted it has exceeded 500. The company will further enhance sales to large-scale users.

2. To proceed with projects that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic in the previous term

3. Strengthening user support to increase licenses from existing customers.

4. Actively promoting the Plus-One Concept (cooperation with other systems such as RPA and ERP) to expand sales opportunities.

5. To strengthen the services at distributors and aim to obtain new licenses via distributors

6. To conduct a new OEM license business by offering OEM licenses to alliance partners

 

*New products and digital transformation
(Priority measures)
The company will implement following measures to expand new business areas. The company incorporates the needs that have become visible due to the novel coronavirus crisis.

 

Priority measures

1. To receive more orders for large-scale projects of DD-CONNECT, before offering subscription-based services

2. To find new distributors of shield cms and promote sale with the CMS* migration tool

3. To launch new services to offer DX-related services in the fields of AI, RPA, voice recognition, etc.

 

*CMS:Contents Management System。It is a broad term for a system that integrates and systematically manages digital content such as text and images that make up Web content, and performs necessary processing such as distribution.

 

The company is preparing multiple products and services to correspond to the novel coronavirus crisis by combining original products and products of other companies.

 

◎System Sales Unit
The company aims to increase sales, by enhancing the activities to give proposals as systems for sales management will change.
The company will give more proposals, before the invoice system is started and storing transaction data becomes mandatory.
The company will help SMEs proceed with DX, by utilizing the “subsidy for adopting IT” effectively.

 

(Priority measures)

Priority measures

1. To enhance the sale of Rakuichi, as the system for storing qualified invoices, etc. (the invoice system) will begin on Oct. 1, 2023 and “storing electronic data of transactions will become mandatory in accordance with the amended law regarding the storage of electronic ledgers” in January 2024.

2. To propose IT tools for facilitating mid-term DX in SMEs, by effectively utilizing the “subsidy for adopting IT,” a governmental measure for helping SMEs adopt IT tools

3. To give more proposals for various services demanded by clients, including networks and security products

 

4. Medium-Term Management Plan

① Numerical goals
Regarding the numerical goals set in “the mid-term management plan-toward an IT brand trusted and chosen,” which was announced in August 2021, the company revised the goals for the fiscal year ending June 2023 upwardly, after acquiring Simplism as a subsidiary and so on.
The goals for the fiscal year ending June 2024 were left unchanged and are under review. The recent situation has been healthy, and we think that there is sufficient room for upward revision.

 

 

FY 6/21 (actual)

FY 6/22 (forecast)

FY 6/23 (planned)

FY 6/24 (planned)

CAGR

Sales

144

1

168

185

+8.7%

Operating Income

17.2

20.0

21.5

25.0

+13.3%

Operating Income Margin

11.9%

12.5%

12.8%

13.5%

-

ROE

29.2%

28.6%

Maintain 20% or higher

-

Dividend Payout Ratio

30% or higher

42.7%

35.4%

35% or higher

-

*Management targets for organic growth, in billions (yen), CAGR is calculated by Investment Bridge.

 

②M&A
DIT set the mid/long-term management goal “DIT 2030 Vision,” implemented the priority measure of improving the on-site performance of the core business and declared that it would actively conduct M&A if synergetic effects can be expected.

 

5. Conclusions

Profitability has been increasing. As SGA ratio has been decreasing due to the sales growth as well as the rise in gross profit margin thanks to the increase of commissioned projects, the growth of the original product unit, etc., operating income margin is expected to reach 12.5% this term. For commissioned projects, the company will keep concentrating on the increase of them, while for the original product business, “WebARGUS” and “xoBlos” have exceeded their break-even points, starting to earn profits, and DD-CONNECT has been performing well. In addition, “WebARGUS for Ransomware Protection (provisional name),” which is to be released this year, was developed from in-company resources, so it is expected to be highly profitable. While the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is weakening, we would like to pay attention to the progress of their measures for achieving the target operating income margin, which is 13.5% in the fiscal year ending June 2024, and quarterly results.

 

 

 

<Reference 1: Vision for 2030 and New Medium-term Management Plan>

In August 2021, the company announced its long-term vision, Vision for 2030, and the New Medium-Term Management Plan: Aiming to Become a Trusted and Chosen IT Brand.

 

(1) Summary of the Previous Medium-term Management Goals (FY 6/2017 to FY 6/2021)

(Overview)
In alignment with the previous medium-term management plan, the company has been promoting its business while solidifying its business foundation through stable transactions in a wide range of existing business domains and pursuing growth by providing new value centered on its own products.
The goal was to achieve the Triple 10, sales of 10,000 million yen, an operating income of 1,000 million yen, and an operating income margin of 10% within five years. In the fiscal year ended June 2017, this was achieved in sales, in the fiscal year ended June 2019 in operating income, and in the fiscal year ended June 2020 in operating income margin, ahead of schedule. In the fiscal year ended June 2021, they were able to further increase each target.

 

(Taken from company data)

 

Sales have increased for 11 consecutive fiscal years, with an average growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% over the past 10 years. The average growth rate for the five years up to the previous medium-term management target was 9.1%.
Operating income has increased for 11 consecutive fiscal years, with an average growth rate of 31.1% over the past 10 years. The five-year average growth rate up to the previous medium-term management target was 26.9%.
Operating income margin improved by 6.3 points over the five years of the previous mid-term management target, and ROE, as well, increased significantly.

 

(Results in each business domain)
The business solution and embedded solution units, which are the mainstay of their business, both expanded steadily and contributed significantly to stable growth.
The company's original product unit, which is a growth factor, expanded its lineup of products and services.
The system sales business shifted resources to focused businesses in response to the decline in sales of the mainstay Rakuichi sales.

 

 

(Results)
The results of the previous medium-term management plan are as follows:

Continued to increase sales and profits through strategic initiatives

-Shifted resources to highly profitable businesses and domains by promoting the optimization of the business portfolio

-Oriented toward business in high-profit areas close to end users

-Strategically expanded high-profit businesses (in-vehicle, IoT, infrastructure construction, ERP, etc.)

-Prevented failure of large projects through appropriate risk management

Steady growth of the original product unit

-Strengthened the product competitiveness of WebARGUS, their cyber security product, and large-scale users commenced its operation

-Expanded the security business domain under the DIT Security brand name

-Strengthened the product competitiveness of xoBlos, a solution for improving business efficiency, and increased the number of customers to over 500

Steady performance despite the novel coronavirus crisis

-Focused on and expanded operations that were less affected by the novel coronavirus (operational support, social infrastructure, and public sector)

-Received orders from customers affected by the novel coronavirus on a priority basis, ahead of other companies

Profitability of near-shore bases

-Matsuyama (Ehime Company), a regional base, strengthened and turned profitable

Decline of the system sales business

-In the middle of the fiscal year, there was an extraordinary demand as the government reduced tax rates for daily necessities, but the impact of the novel coronavirus was significant and the business shrank. Shifted resources to focused businesses.

Strengthening of inter-sectoral cooperation

-Dealt with the expansion of the scale of entrusted projects through collaboration among group companies

Increase of collaborating companies

-Increased collaborating companies in various fields, including Daiko Denshi Tsushin, Ltd.

M&A unrealized

-The company was prepared, but no parties who would exert synergies were found

Dividend policy

-Achieved the target of a dividend payout ratio of 30% or higher (30.8% for the fiscal year ended June 2021)

 

Even among customers who cut their budgets due to the novel coronavirus crisis, the company's competence and quality were highly evaluated, and the company suffered less damage than its competitors.
Regarding M&A, the company intends to expand its human resources in operational support and embedded development.

(2) DIT Group's Vision for 2030

DIT Group's vision for 2030 is to build a trusted and selected DIT brand.
To this end, as professionals, the company will provide a higher level of value in terms of services: safety and robustness, efficiency improvement, safe operation, problem-solving and proposal capabilities, high quality, and advanced technology.

 


(Taken from company data)

 

(Business environment)
With the full-scale arrival of the digital society, the DIT Group recognizes that it will enter an era of shakeout in which only the companies that can respond to changes such as the acceleration of DX, the shortage of IT human resources, threats to cyber security, and the increasing needs for societal issues such as the reformation of work styles will survive.
These changes that the IT industry is facing are an opportunity for the DIT Group that excels at responding to change, to make its presence known more than ever. The DIT Group will transform itself further to be even more responsive to changes, and focus on staying close to customers and increasing their value.

 

(Management goals)
The company has set Challenge 500, an endeavor to achieve sales of 50,000 million yen.

 

 

FY 6/2021

FY 6/2030

Organic Growth

New Business, M&A, etc.

Sales

14,400 million yen

30,000 million yen or more (+8.5%)

50,000 million yen or more (+14.8%)

Operating Income

1,720 million yen

4,000 million yen or more (+9.8%)

5,000 million yen or more (+12.6%)

*The CAGR is indicated within parentheses.

 

The company plans to increase the payout ratio to 35% or higher by the fiscal year ending June 2030.

 

(Steps to realize the vision)
The company will realize DIT Group's vision for 2030 through the following three steps.

FY 6/2022 to FY 6/2024

Promotion of business structure reform

To build up business capabilities by promoting the creation of a company and structure that will enable the next stage of growth.

FY 6/2025 to FY 6/2027

Realization of growth track

To establish a business style and place the business as a whole on a growth track.

FY 6/2028 to FY 6/2030

Establishment of the DIT brand

To establish a DIT brand that is trusted and selected by all stakeholders.

 

(Medium to long-term growth model)
The company will further strengthen its business promotion based on two major activities that has supported corporate growth to date.

 

In terms of the business base, they will further expand and stabilize it by continuously investing management resources in areas with growth potential and further expanding the business domain through comprehensive capability.
In terms of growth factors, they will provide new value and services through business expansion based on original products, expansion of business domains through the application of new technologies, and the expansion of new service-type businesses through collaboration and co-creation.

 

(SDGs: Contributing to the realization of a sustainable society)
They will strive to contribute to a sustainable society through appropriate corporate management and the introduction of their original products to customers etc.

 

In terms of corporate management, they will contribute to a sustainable society through appropriately prioritizing the enhancement of employee benefits, promoting diversity by appointing women to managerial positions, updating governance style, etc.
As for contributions via the introduction of original products, they will contribute to the establishment of a safe and secure Internet society and the improvement of social productivity through the introduction of their security product (WebARGUS) and products related to the reformation of work styles (xoBlos, DD-CONNECT).

 

(3) New Medium-term Management Plan (FY 6/2022 to FY 6/2024)

(Basic strategies)
The company will promote the three basic strategies: (1) Strengthening the management base: building structure and environment, (2) Core business: strengthening on-site capabilities, and (3) Product business: strengthening product competitiveness, aiming to build a company that can achieve long-term growth toward 2030.

 

(Outline of each basic strategy)
① Strengthening the Management Base
The company will promote the reinforcement of the corporate structure, improvement of the working environment, and strengthening of human resources as priority measures to strengthen the management base.
In so doing, they will achieve further improvement in profitability by supporting the business strategy of strengthening on-site capabilities and product competitiveness, to create a healthier cycle for strong growth as a company.

 

*Basic policies:

1

Standardization of various methods, development and utilization of IPs, and appropriate allocation of human resources to strengthen on-site capabilities.

2

Enhancement of the ability to respond to changes in the market and technology promptly.

3

Constant optimization of the business portfolio.

4

In-depth cultivation of customer needs to increase the value of customer business by proposing services.

5

Strengthening of near-shore functions by expanding and empowering regional bases.

 

Currently, they are receiving steady and ample orders from their customers with whom they have long established relationships based on mutual trust. However, to further solidify this foundation and develop new clients, it is essential to secure and train relevant project managers and increase the number of newly graduated engineers as the number of outsourced contracting projects increase. They recognize that strengthening their management base is crucial.
They have already initiated these various measures and intend to make steady progress toward achieving the goals of the current medium-term management plan.

 

In terms of hiring new graduates, they are aiming to increase the number of new graduates from the current 50 to 100 by visiting many schools, including universities and technical colleges, and by actively implementing an internship system.
In addition, they believe that it is necessary to expand the near-shore business to secure engineers.

 

② Core Businesses: Strengthening On-site Capabilities
Measures to be taken in the business solution unit and the embedded solution unit:

 

*Business Solution Unit

1

Improvement of QCD and productivity, as well as expansion of the scale of commissioned projects through development standardization and the development and application of IPs.

2

Cultivation of additional needs from existing customers and the development of new end users or users close to them.

3

Shift to a commissioned project/service-oriented business model to receive orders for all processes as a one-stop provider.

4

Contributing to solving issues for the many Japanese companies marked on the 2025 Digital Cliff (Legacy system renewals, advancements in DX, SAP renewals, etc.).

 

*Embedded Solution Unit

1

Increasing the share of transactions with existing blue-chip customers such as automobile, Tier 1, and semiconductor manufacturers.

2

In the in-vehicle solutions business, they focus on acquiring projects not only in innovative solutions development but also in the field of mass production development.

3

Completing the standard method of embedded verification to improve quality and expand business.

4

Creation of solutions to develop new customers in their specialty area of IoT.

 

“On-site capabilities” refers to the ability to respond to requests from customers. The company has been responding to a variety of requests from customers, with each person in charge addressing the requests individually. By sharing, developing, and utilizing the content and knowledge of such development projects, the company will be able to speedily provide high-quality, low-cost solutions, thereby further strengthening its on-site capabilities.

 

③ Product Business: Strengthening Product Competitiveness
As a driver for business promotion, they expand mainly the original product unit.

 

*Basic policies:

1

For existing products, they enhance product competitiveness and promote sales focusing on large-scale customers.

2

They promote the commercialization of products in the company's fields of expertise and aim to make them profitable within the current mid-term period.

3

Enrichment of the product lineup to meet the needs of the New Normal society.

4

Continuation of the development of products that meet the needs of the times.

 

WebARGUS and xoBlos are already profitable. Increasing the number of installations will contribute significantly to profit growth.
They aim to make DD-CONNECT and Shield CMS profitable during the current medium-term plan.
Specific measures to realize these are as follows:

 

*Cyber Security Unit

1

Regarding WebARGUS, they aim to realize its introduction to various major financial institutions by taking advantage of their experience with other such institutions. To this, they will increase target OSs and enhance product competitiveness (in addition to Linux/Windows, they will align with AIX).

2

Enrichment of the DIT security product lineup in response to cyber security guidelines with increasingly heightening requirements.

3

Continuation of the exploration of business opportunities for the IoT version of WebARGUS.

 

*Business Optimization Unit

1

For xoBlos, the promotion of sales mainly to large corporations, aiming for a cumulative total of more than 700 customers (515 companies as of July 2021).

2

Providing new AI-based services that are easy for customers to adopt.

3

Expansion of the scope of the business optimization unit by collaborating with RPA and BPM companies.

 

*Commercialization in areas of strength

1

The sales of CMS, which is their area of expertise, with functions that differentiate it from others, to achieve profitability within the current medium term.

 

Differentiating features:

i) Editing functions that can be used by both beginners and advanced users (as-you-see and direct HTML editing functions).

ii) Cyber security functions are incorporated into standard equipment (WebARGUS is installed, providing security measures).

2

Collaboration with building entrance gate equipment manufacturers to develop a web-based entrance reservation system using face recognition technology, and to implement it into multiple buildings.

 

*A product lineup that meets the needs of the New Normal society

1

Achievement of the full-scale deployment of electronic contract outsourcing service (DD-CONNECT)

2

Realization of the lineup and commercialization of AI voice recognition, AI OCR, and other products that are compatible with the New Normal society.

 

(Management targets)
They aim to achieve sales of 18,500 million yen and an operating income of 2,500 million yen in the fiscal year ending June 2024 through organic growth.
The target dividend payout ratio will be raised to 35% or higher from this fiscal year.

 

 

FY 6/21 (actual)

FY 6/22 (forecast)

FY 6/23 (planned)

FY 6/24 (planned)

CAGR

Sales

144

1

168

185

+8.7%

Operating Income

17.2

20.0

21.5

25.0

+13.3%

Operating Income Margin

11.9%

12.5%

12.8%

13.5%

-

ROE

29.2%

28.6%

Maintain 20% or higher

-

Dividend Payout Ratio

30% or higher

42.7%

35.4%

35% or higher

-

*Management targets for organic growth, in billions (yen), CAGR is calculated by Investment Bridge.

 

 

They will continue to pursue higher profit margins.
In addition to the improvement in outsourcing and direct contracts with end customers, they believe that sales growth of their own products, which are increasing as a percentage of sales, will also make a significant contribution.

<Reference 2: Regarding Corporate Governance>

Organization type, and the composition of directors and auditors

Organization type

Company with auditors

Directors

11 directors, including 4 external ones

Auditors

3 auditors, including 2 external ones

 

Corporate Governance Report
Last Update: March 13, 2022

 

<Basic principle>
The company recognizes that compliance with laws and regulations, maintaining transparency in management, and improving the soundness and sustainability of its corporate value are the most important management issues.
In order to tackle these issues and to fulfill social responsibilities to shareholders and other stakeholders, the company has established the following corporate governance system. The company considers it important to further strengthen this system, verify its functions on a regular basis, and implement necessary measures.

 

<Reason for not Following the Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>
It is based on the Corporate Governance Code revised in June 2021.

Principles

Reasons for not implementing the principles

< Supplementary principle 3-1-3>

(1) Sustainability initiatives

The DIT Group Code of Conduct requires business and individual activities to be environmentally conscious. Based on this, we strive to tackle environmental issues earnestly and gain a public understanding of the business activities.

As stated in the medium-term management plan, we will enhance employees’ welfare, promote diversity by recruiting women for managerial positions, and carry out appropriate business management with an emphasis on governance. We also aim to promote a convenient and safe Internet society, improve the productivity of the society, and contribute to the environment, the society, and the corporate growth through our products and services, such as security products and work style reform-related products.

 

(2) Investment in human capital and intellectual property

① Investment in human capital

In the medium-term management plan, strengthening the management base is a basic strategy, and one of the main measures is to create human resources by increasing the personnel who are an asset to the company and train them.

We will promote the proactive recruitment of new graduates and mid-career employees, the expansion and systematization of education and training systems, and the improvement of a program that provides personnel with the fees needed to acquire qualifications.

② Investment in intellectual property

Based on our basic strategy of improving product capabilities in the medium-term management plan, we will continue to work on product development that meets the needs of the times and promote investment in intellectual property such as research and development and patents.

 

(3) The company has not collected and analyzed the necessary data regarding the risks and business opportunities related to climate change and their impact on our business activities and profits. Hence, it cannot be disclosed under TCFD or its equivalent frameworks. In the future, we will positively consider it as needed.

 

<Disclosure Based on the Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>
The information is based on the Corporate Governance Code as revised in June 2021.

Principles

Disclosure contents

<Principle 1-4>

<Policy and principle related to reduction in strategically-held shares>

In case the company expects synergy effects with its important stakeholders such as business partners, it will strategically hold the shares of the concerned companies, based on its basic principles to enhance corporate value in the mid/long term and ensure sustainable growth while promoting co-existence and co-prosperity with all the stakeholders.

The company will clarify the objective when acquiring new shares, and verify the trading activity periodically after the acquisition. If the company finds no mid/long term prospect of enhancing its corporate value, it will reduce the number of shares through sale or any other means.

 

<Verification details to determine the appropriateness of holding strategically-held shares>

The appropriateness of possessing strategically-held shares is verified periodically. Once a year, the Board of Directors reviews the appropriateness of holding policy shareholdings by examining their contribution to improving corporate value over the medium to long term and confirming the appropriateness of continued ownership.

 

<Standards for exercising voting rights concerning strategically-held shares>

The company will decide whether to give approval for exercising the voting rights of strategically-held shares after a careful individual examination to confirm that there is no possibility of damaging our corporate value.

<Supplementary Principal 2-4-1>

 

1. Regarding ensuring diversity in recruiting the core human resources, the DIT Group Code of Conduct stipulates that we should not discriminate in recruiting based on gender, age, place of origin, nationality, race, ethnicity, etc., and that the human rights should be respected.

The current status and future goals for ensuring diversity in recruiting core human resources are as follows.

① Recruitment of women: As of the end of September 2021, we have 13 female managers, accounting for 9.8% of all managers.

Going forward, we will continue to actively hire talented women for managerial positions, aiming to increase the ratio of female managers to 20%.

② Recruitment of mid-career personnel for managerial positions: We have many mid-career hires, and the ratio of mid-career hires to managerial positions is already almost 70%, so we have not set any future goals.

③ Recruitment of foreigners: We mainly hire foreigners as new graduates, and as of the end of September 2021, the company has seven foreigners, accounting for less than 1%. We will continue to actively hire talented human resources, whether they are new graduates or mid-career.

 

2. The policy for ensuring diversity was also stated in the medium-term management plan. As part of the company's measures to strengthen the management base for improving corporate value over the medium to long term, we will endeavor to establish a system for the company that includes organizations and policies, to create an environment that provides employees with job satisfaction, and to increase human resources, which are considered assets for the company, and train them.

<Principle 3-1>

(ⅰ) Our management philosophy, business strategies, and business plans are disclosed at financial results briefings and on our webpage (at the following URL).

Information for financial results briefings https://www.ditgroup.jp/english/ir/tanshin.html

 

(ⅱ) Our actions concerning corporate governance are published on our webpage (at the following URL).

Corporate Governance

https://www.ditgroup.jp/ir/governance.html

 

(ⅲ)The principles and procedures to determine remuneration of the board directors are based on the Rules and Regulations for Board of Directors. The remuneration takes into account the common level of remuneration, the Company’s business performance and other employees’ salaries. It is determined at a board of directors meeting within the limits of total remuneration determined at a general shareholders’ meeting. From now on, the board of directors will consult with the nomination and remuneration committee, which is an arbitrary advisory body of the board of directors and determine the remunerations of directors based on their opinions within the above-mentioned limit.

 

(ⅳ) Regarding the appointment of directors, we specified the standards for appointment in our regulations, in which the representative director and president will propose the appointment of candidate directors while comprehensively considering their track records, knowledge, experience, etc. after receiving advice from outside directors, the board of directors will deliberate and make a resolution, and then submit their proposal to a general meeting of shareholders. A proposal for dismissal of directors will be made by the board of directors in accordance with the regulations for the board of directors.

From now on, the board of directors will consult with the nomination and remuneration committee, and submit a proposal for appointment of directors to a general meeting of shareholders based on the advice from the nomination and remuneration committee. Regarding a proposal for dismissal of directors, the board of directors will consult with the nomination and remuneration committee and then make a decision based on their advice, in accordance with the regulations for the board of directors.

Regarding the appointment of auditors, we formulated regulations for appointment, in which the representative director and president will propose the appointment of candidate auditors while comprehensively considering their track records, knowledge, experience, etc. after receiving advice from outside directors, the board of auditors will deliberate and make a resolution, and then submit their proposal to a general meeting of shareholders. A proposal for dismissal of auditors will be made by the board of auditors in accordance with the regulations for the board of auditors.

 

(ⅴ) The reasons for nomination and appointment of each director or auditor are described in the notice of general shareholders’ meeting. We will also describe the reasons for dismissal, in case of any.

<Supplementary Principal 4-11-1>

 

Our company select candidate directors from personnel who can exert their management abilities in each domain, personnel who are adequate for business administration, and other intelligent personnel. Outside directors are selected from those who possess plenty of experience and profound technical knowledge as employers, to develop a structure oriented toward the balance and diversity of the board of directors and secure the effectiveness of the board of directors.

In addition, the board of auditors of our company is composed of 1 full-time auditor and 2 independent outside auditors. Those who possess advanced technical knowledge of legal affairs and accounting are selected as auditors, to secure the effectiveness of the board of auditors. Furthermore, by cementing the cooperation with comptrollers, they can conduct an audit to a sufficient degree.

We regularly analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the board of directors while enlisting support from external specialized institutions, and strive to improve its function.

*The skill matrix is shown on page 10 of the convocation notice of our company.

<Principle 5-1>

The company is making efforts in collaboration with relevant departments, led by the President, to achieve constructive dialogue with shareholders.

As an action to enrich dialogue methods other than individual meetings, the company hosts financial settlement briefings every half-period for the analysts and institutional investors. The IR Department also proactively receives IR interviews through meetings and phone calls from investors.

As a measure to appropriately and effectively provide shareholders’ opinions and concerns to the executives and board directors, the company regularly reports the questions raised at the financial settlement briefings and opinions from shareholders and investors to the management executives.

The company also ensures appropriate management of insider information during dialogues with shareholders and investors in accordance with the internal regulations.

 

 

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