Bridge Report:（3937）Ubicom fiscal year ended March 2022
President Masayuki Aoki
Ubicom Holdings, Inc. (3937)
TSE Prime Market
Information and communications
Joko Bldg., 9F, 2-23-11, Koishikawa, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo
End of March
Dividend Yield (Est.)
*The share price is the closing price on June 1. Each number is from the financial results for the fiscal year ended March 2022.
March 2019 (Act.)
March 2020 (Act.)
March 2021 (Act.)
March 2022 (Act.)
March 2023 (Est.)
*Unit: million yen, yen. Forecasts are those of the company. The definition for net income means net income attributable to owners of parent.
The company has adopted the "Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition" etc. at the beginning of the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2022.
This Bridge Report overviews the financial results of Ubicom Holdings, Inc. for the fiscal year ended March 2022 and more.
Table of Contents
1. Company Overview
2. Fiscal Year ended March 2022 Earnings Results
3. Fiscal Year ending March 2023 Earnings Forecasts
4. Efforts to Realize the Medium-term Vision
<Reference: Regarding Corporate Governance>
- In the term ended March 2022, sales were 4,726 million yen, up 12.6% year on year. In the global business, the sales and the number of orders for solutions from major clients remained healthy. In the medical business, the sale of packaged products of the Mighty Series, which is the mainstay, was firm. Operating income rose 12.4% year on year to 1,033 million yen. Gross profit rose 9.9% year on year, as sales grew, but gross profit margin declined 1.0 points due to strategic investment, etc. The increase rate of SG&A was only 7.4% year on year, so profit grew by double digits. Strategic investment was conducted from the first to third quarters earlier than scheduled, in addition to ordinary investment. The company entered the recoupment phase in the second half of the term, increasing sales. Ordinary income was 1,055 million yen, up 20.3% year on year. Any of sales, operating income, and ordinary income did not reach the forecasts, but all kinds of profits hit a record high.
- For the term ending March 2023, it is expected that sales will grow 15.2% year on year to 5,446 million yen, operating income will rise 21.4% year on year to 1,254 million yen, and ordinary income will increase 20.5% year on year to 1,271 million yen. Operating income and ordinary income are projected to hit record highs this term, again. The company will continue strategic investment, but aim to recoup it and increase profit by double digits. The dividend amount is still to be determined, but they plan to return profit to shareholders according to their profit level this term, too.
- In the term ending March 2023, the company will implement measures for fortifying its business base for driving the second growth, while checking the profit balance. The key points are (i) the enrichment of resources of experts contributing to the “Go Global Strategy”, (ii) the enhancement of recruitment and training of Filipino engineers, (iii) the strengthening of medical investment strategy, and (iv) execution of M&A.
- The profitability of the medical business is improving. Through the expansion of direct sale, up-selling, and cross-selling and price revisions, operating income margin reached 59.6% in the fourth quarter. If the full-scale operation of the insurance knowledge platform begins, in addition to Mighty Checker and Mighty QUBE, further improvement can be expected.
- The company reduced commissioned projects with low profitability amid the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, so quarterly sales were on a plateau from the first quarter to the fourth quarter, and annual sales increased slightly. On the other hand, recurring revenues from mainly the Mighty Series have expanded, accounting for about 90%. We would like to pay attention to whether they will show an upward trend again like in the term ended March 2021.
- In the global business, we would like to pay attention to the progress toward the goal of having 20 or more pillar clients in the term ending March 2024.
1. Company Overview
Ubicom Holdings is a one-of-a-kind business innovation company that creates IT solutions to social issues, such as the shortage of manpower and a medical crunch. It recognizes the medical, financial/public, automobile, and manufacturing/robotics etc. markets as strategic markets, and offers a broad range of IT solutions and services.
It has about 1,000 engineers mainly at the development center in the Philippines and operates two core businesses. One is the global business that solves the shortage of IT personnel and promotes digital transformation (DX) in Japan, by developing software and advanced solutions including AI. The other is the medical business that offers healthcare optimization solutions, such as medical claims inspection, support for medical safety, and cloud services, as a leading company that offers IT solutions for supporting the management of medical institutions. It established a highly profitable business model through business restructuring by implementing scrap and build. Furthermore, the company will promote a win-win investment model for accelerating its business through strategic alliances and M&A with leading companies and burgeoning enterprises, and quickly aims to establish new businesses with different approaches from the existing businesses, such as the platform business.
1-1 Corporate History
Mr. Masayuki Aoki, who had entrepreneurial ambition all along, took the position of President and CEO at WCL Co., which was a new business subsidiary of WORLD CO., LTD. in March 2005, and then found out that there are many young talented engineers who work vigorously in the Philippines when he visited there during his domestic and international search for seeds of various new businesses. As the adoption of IT on internal operations of companies progressed in Japanese companies, he thought that conducting the system development in the Philippines will open the possibilities to offer a wide array of system solutions globally at high performance and capture the demand and decided to commercialize the idea. In December 2005, He founded Advanced World Solutions, Ltd. (currently: Ubicom Holdings, Inc.)
Following the trend of ICT adoption, the increase of new clients progressed well, and the business expanded thanks to the competitive advantage of having a development center in the Philippines, which possesses many capable top-class engineers. In 2012, the company acquired AIS Co., Ltd., which is the largest company in the field of systems for medical claims, as a subsidiary. In June 2016, the company was listed on Mothers of Tokyo Stock Exchange. After it changed its name to Ubicom Holdings, Inc. In July 2017, it was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December of the same year.
In April 2022, the company got listed on the Prime Market of TSE after the restructuring of the market.
1-2 Corporate Ethos and Vision
The company advocates the following three management visions as the one and only business innovation company that creates innovative IT solutions combining people and technology.
1. Unique beyond comparison
To remain a one-of-a-kind business innovation company that looks ahead to the future and creates IT solutions to social issues
2. Go Global
To use the business scheme of the Ubicom group globally mainly in the U.S. and Asian countries
To increase the “fellows” of the Ubicom group, by prospering together with customers, collaboration partners, and all other stakeholders
Based on five core assets: technology, human resources, intellectual property (IP), foresight, and partnerships, the company creates business innovations aimed at solving issues such as Japan’s aging society, healthcare crunch, a lack of IT personnel, and digital transformation (DX), which it sees as its social responsibility and raison d’être.
(From the company’s website)
1-3 Business Description
With more than 20 years of experience in embedded software development, application development, testing, and quality assurance services, the company perceives social structure changes such as globalization and the decreasing birthrate and aging population, as well as technological advances in the field of Medical Life Sciences, Cybernetics, and Robotics, as an opportunity to develop new businesses. In the medical, financial/public, automotive, and manufacturing/robotics sectors, which are strategic markets, the company has developed its own core solutions in the field of mainly AI (Artificial intelligence), Analytics and Automation/RPA (Automation of the running and management of software testing etc.), and is now working to develop and implement them, and provides services for many client companies.
1-3-2 The business environment surrounding the company
The business environment of Ubicom Holdings, which pursues the growth by offering IT solutions to social issues, such as the support for solving the shortage of manpower and the support for healthcare optimization, is as follows. The environment surrounding the global business and the medical business (which will be described in detail later) is favorable.
(From company documents)
1) Nationwide promotion of digitalization、Worsening labor shortage in the IT field
With the government's flag-waving for digitization in full swing, according to “Survey on the demand and supply of IT personnel” published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in March 2019, it is important to secure IT personnel who can contribute to the improvement in productivity by creating added value and streamlining business operations in an innovative fashion, but it is difficult to secure them, due to the declining birthrate and the aging population. When the growth of IT demand is classified into “minor,” “medium,” and “significant” ones, it is estimated that Japan will be 584,000 engineers shortage in 2025 and 787,000 engineers shortage in 2030 in the case of “significant” growth.
2) Augmentation of national medical expenditure and tightening of examination of Medical Claims, Crunch in medical institution management, work-style reforms for healthcare providers
The estimated medical expenditure (excluding expenses such as workers’ accident compensation insurance and payments when the full payment is covered with own expenses. It accounts for about 98% of the national medical care expenditure, which is the overall estimate of all expenses required for treating injuries or diseases after examinations by doctors in medical institutions) has marked a record high in 2018 at 42.6 trillion yen. As medical expenses are in an increasing trend due to the progression of the aging population, the financial situation of medical insurances keeps getting worse. In order to reduce insurance costs, the national government is implementing a measure for rationalizing medical expenses by tightening the examination of Medical Claims,etc.
(What are the medical claims?)
Under the current system of health care services provided by health insurance, medical institutions receive up to 30% from patients and the other 70% or more from the health insurance association, mutual aid associations, city or ward offices, etc.
Medical institutions define the detailed statement of diagnosis and treatment, which is required to claim the amount covered by insurance from these public institutions, a Medical Claim; and the tasks performed to issue the Medical Claim are a very important procedure, which makes up most of the revenue of medical institutions.
The submitted Medical Claims are meticulously scrutinized by the Examination and Payment institutions. In case there is a mistake in its content, the Medical Claim may be sent back (returned) by the Examination and Payment institution, or the scores of medical fees may be reduced. In case the Medical Claim is returned, it must be carefully examined, revised, and resubmitted. Submitting appropriate Medical Claims is an extremely important task for the efficient management of medical institutions.
In 2009, medical institutions were obligated to make online requests for Medical Claims, as a general principle.
(Workstyle reform for doctors, etc.)
While Japan's medical needs are rapidly expanding, diversifying, and becoming more sophisticated with the progress of a super-aging society, the problems of shortage and uneven distribution of medical doctors and workloads such as long working hours are becoming apparent.
In order to alleviate the ever-increasing burden on doctors and promote reforms in the way doctors work in the medical field, a cap on overtime work for doctors with penalties will come into effect in April 2024. As a result, medical institutions are faced with the urgent task of streamlining and optimizing the work of doctors and others.
The crunch in medical care provision systems and deterioration of hospital management caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming serious social issues. Against this backdrop, examination and payment institutions are moving to tighten the examination of medical claims, and work-style reforms are in progress for health care providers. Accordingly, it is now essential for the management of medical institutions to improve revenues through better operational efficiency for medical claim checks, etc., ensure the safety and quality of medical care, and deal with work-style reforms.
(3) Medical cloud market that is expected to grow rapidly
Thanks to the notice of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare titled “Regarding places for storing medical records” partially revised in February 2010, it became possible to store medical information at data centers owned by private enterprises, which made it easier for private enterprises to offer medical cloud services.
It is expected that application platforms and cloud services in which servers exist in networks will be utlized in the medical field for electronic charts, medical image management systems, regional medical cooperation systems, and various services for home care support, remote image diagnosis, clinical trials, and dispensaries.
Especially, as the volume of data in today’s medical instiutions increased steeply and networks are used more widely, expectations toward medical cloud services are growing, as cloud services have merits, such as “It is easy to cooperate with other facilities,” “It is unnecessary to maintain and manage data by yourself,” and “They are inexpensive,” and they turned out to be useful for anti-disaster measures after many medical charts were lost in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Furthermore, the medical crunch due to the spread of COVID-19 made us strongly aware of the necessity of online diagnosis and electronic charts.
Some point out the problem of safety from the viewpoint of protection of personal information, but the medical cloud market is expected to grow considerably for offering solutions to social issues while keeping a balance between the tightening and easing of regulations.
1-3-3 Strategic business domains
The company focuses its efforts to expand its business based on the strategic business domains of the “3As” fields, which will usher in the new age.
Current situation and future plans
After the practical use of AI chatbots in the Global Consulting Group, a leading auditing corporation’s group, and the support for installation of AI in product appearance inspection equipment for a manufacturer, they aim to expand the AI-related business in more diverse fields by enhancing the development of cutting-edge personnel.
After finishing development for audio AI and chatbots (automatic conversation programs), the company is promoting cross-sectoral application.
The company finished the development phase of Japan’s number one Medical Claims Inspection Software, the Mighty series, and analysis tools, and will proceed to a phase of achieving a new monetization model by building an engine that analyzes medical-related fields to improve the quantity and quality of the data.
In addition, the company provides solutions for predictive maintenance for factories and shipping companies.
The company has established an engine for software automation and is pursuing robotics and RPA (automation of business operations with robots).
It aims to expand its market reaching leading robotics and FA manufacturers.
The company reports 2 business segments; one is a global business that provides IT solution services to diverse markets such as Finance/Public, Medical, Automotive, Manufacturing and Robotics, and management improvement solutions etc for medical institutions such as the Medical Claims Inspection Software.
(From the company’s website)
1) Global business
Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Advanced World Systems, Inc. and Advanced World Solutions, Inc. are the major development centers in the Philippines, where it focuses on Finance, Public, Medical, Automotive, Manufacturing, and Robotics fields and delivers embedded software development, business application development, maintenance, and testing services.
The company defines “3As” (AI, Analytics and Automation/RPA) as a strategic business domain, and develops its own core solutions, utilizing these 3As technologies. The advanced capability of developing solutions is derived from its development centers in the Philippines, which has a top-class engineering group composed of about 1,000 engineers. This gives it a strong competitive advantage. (Refer to 【1-4 Characteristics and Strengths】 for more details.)
Its client companies range broadly from finance, public, medical, automotive, manufacturing, to service industry-related ones. As mentioned above, in addition to the worsening IT personnel shortage, there have been strong needs for the reduction of costs for development and operation, but the company, which has 1,000 IT person who are proficient in Japanese and English, is steadily meeting such needs.
On top of that, the rich experience of development for numerous big domestic clients over many years has further earned their trust and built its reputation.
2) Medical business
AIS Co., Ltd., which is a 100% subsidiary, engages in the development and sale of packaged solutions for medical institutions, cloud services, data analysis solutions, development support, and consulting services, contributing to the reform of workstyles of medical professionals and staff in medical institutions, the improvement of revenues at medical institutions, and the improvement in safety and quality of healthcare.
The “Mighty Series,” which improves the management quality and increases the work efficiency in medical fields, is well-received thanks to its user-oriented and cost-effective features. Sales were positively affected by work style reforms as of the end of March 2022, the Mighty series occupied the top market share and was being used by approximately 42.0% of hospitals with a patient capacity of 20 or more (3,434 facilities), and 14.0% of clinics with a patient capacity of 19 or less (15,041 facilities), for a total of about 18,475 facilities.
- Mainstay products and services
(1) The Medical Claims Inspection Software (Mighty Checker®)
As improvement in efficiency and precision of Medical Claims Inspection were required, the company was ahead of competitors in releasing Medical Claims Inspection Software (Mighty Checker®) in 1999; it was well-received for its usability and it managed to establish its position as a leading maker of “Medical Claims Inspection Software.” In FY 2019, it released “Mighty Checker® EX,” an AI-based new-generation Medical Claim check system and reaffirmed its market position.
Mainly, the company strongly supports the Medical Claim issuing process with the following features:
Mighty Checker® EX
- Top-end product in the Mighty Checker series released in the autumn of 2018
- Next-generation system for checking Medical Claims, which was developed by upgrading the highly evaluated functions and usability of the conventional product “Mighty Checker PRO” and incorporating AI for Medical Claims Inspection
Mighty Checker® PRO Analyze
- An advanced version of Medical Claims inspection software
- Analyzes inspection results and suggests an efficient inspection process.
- In addition to the assessment and return measures, it can use inspection results more efficiently by utilizing the result of checking medical claims.
- It makes it easier to modify the database by importing the assessment and return data; thus, it helps curb assessments and returns.
Mighty Checker® PRO Advance
- A standard version of Medical Claims inspection software.
- Validates the disease name, medicines, and medical care of the indication.
- Inspects the measures for assessment and return (cross-check inspection, general inspection, calculation day check, etc.)
- Validation by the claims support functions (checks items that can be calculated as consultation fees, etc.)
Mighty Checker® Cloud
- A cloud service for inspecting medical claims, which can be linked with electronic charts in the cloud
- Can be used for adopting the cloud for in-hospital systems, streamlining operations, realizing remote work, BYOD with any terminals, and BCPs, as it is easy to install and operate
- Collaborations with cloud-type electronic medical record systems to be pursued
(2) Medical Ordering check software, “Mighty QUBE® PRO”
This system utilizes the database of Mighty Checker® to immediately check appropriateness of treatment and medication with disease, dosage, number of days and administration at the time of ordering prescriptions, and report errors when there is any inappropriate treatment, or any disease name is missed. By preventing the erroneous input of medical instructions and mis operation, it can avoid medical accidents (near-miss accidents) and assessment (reduction of claimed amount), so that medical doctors can concentrate on their primary task, that is, healthcare. It is highly evaluated because it supports the financial and managerial improvement of hospitals through the pursuit of the safety and quality of medical treatment and the streamlining of business operation, and it also brings benefits to both hospital and patients, so many medical institutions have adopted it.
◎ Case study
In a case of installation in a hospital with 6 medical staff members, the hours for Medical Claims per month halved in a month after installation, and the claims support functions increased sales.
In the future, working hours will become even shorter as the staff gets used to operating the software. As more data accumulated, accuracy is also expected to improve further with the use of AI detection.
(3) SonaM, a medical cloud in preparation for disasters
This is a cloud service for supporting BCPs and preservation of medical data in medical institutions with one of the most advanced security bases in Japan.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, the necessity of online diagnosis and treatment attracted public attention, the diversification of diagnosis and treatment methods is progressing, and the demand for security in digital and cloud healthcare services is growing.
In addition, at medical institutions that take more important roles at the time of disasters, it is imperative to secure safe, reliable places and methods for storing in-hospital medical data.
“SonaM,” which was developed for the purpose of supporting healthcare systems suffering the lack of resources under these circumstances, is used for preserving medical data, including medical claims, medical charts, and examination images, with the security cloud.
In order to handle medical data in the cloud, it is necessary to comply with the three medical information security guidelines (the generic term is Three Guidelines from Three Ministries) suggested by the three ministries: the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, but the company covered all of them, by adopting the advanced cloud security base of NTT East.
Multiple step-by-step plans are prepared for meeting various needs from individual medical institutions with different scales.
This is a new profitable subscription model following the Mighty series, and the company aims to increase the average spending per user by cross-selling it with the Mighty series and increasing direct transactions.
(4) Insurance Knowledge Platform
As a DX solution for the insurance industry, it helps streamline the procedure for claiming insurance money (assessment for payment), shorten the period until the receipt (payment) of insurance money, and popularize simplified procedures for insurance claim. In addition to the medical information retrieving system, which is the basic function, they announced Fluctuation Correction function, a DX service specializing in the improvement in precision of optical character reading (OCR) of medical documents, in November 2021.
(Overview and features)
Until now, insurance companies have needed to exert a great deal of effort to cover the scattered information in examinations of insurance claims from clients, such as medical practices, medical products, names of injuries and illnesses, advanced medical care, and law revisions.
The insurance knowledge platform, which uses a unique medical database backed by the company's track record of providing services to more than 18,000 medical institutions, can greatly streamline cumbersome screening operations.
After discharging the insured, it currently takes 2-4 weeks for insurance policy holders to receive benefits after completing paperwork with the insurance company and hospital, and it takes the insurance company about 2-3 weeks from examination to payment.
In Phase 1, the Insurance Knowledge Platform will shorten the above-mentioned period needed for the insurance company by at least one day.
In Phase 2, the claim process for the policy holder will be completed in minutes.
The company is aiming to achieve a high-priced, high-profit subscription model that surpasses the Mighty series.
Revenue consists of basic initial costs, basic connection usage fees, optional initial costs, and optional connection usage. The company has developed multiple options to meet diverse needs, planning to secure high profits by offering a wide range of solutions.
(Strengths of the platform)
1. Intellectual Property (IP)
Utilizing the company’s own medical database backed by a track record of providing solutions to more than18,000 medical institution users for over 20 years, the platform is equipped with medical treatment, drug codes, advanced medical information, etc., used for insurance examinations.
The platform also benefits from the knowledge of AI development.
2. Business model
The platform is operated via a cloud-based, next-generation service model with a high unit price and monthly subscription.
In addition, as the platform can be rolled out from the next year of development with only the burden of maintenance costs, its potential future value is enormous.
Also, the utilization of IT should reduce the burden of insurance claim procedures and shorten the number of days until insurance benefits are received. We also expect the company’s participation in the "Life Insurance Ecosystem Concept,” which aims to significantly reduce the administrative burden of insurance companies, to accelerate the platform’s market penetration.
Another big advantage is that the company can utilize its development resources in the Philippines to brush up its services.
The company believes it is the first industry player to foray into an uncontested market space.
There is a potential client base/market of approximately 100 companies, with an annual usage fee of several millions to tens of millions of yen per company.
The company aims to expand the Insurance Knowledge Platform across the entire insurance industry in the form of a new subscription-type solution in the medical business, as well as develop and implement a new menu equipped with AI and other advanced technologies geared toward further evolution of solutions for the insurance industry. Furthermore, it is focusing on capturing development demand associated with digital transformation and increased use of AI technology across financial services (including the insurance industry), boosted by the need to switch from "face-to-face services" to "non-face-to-face services" due to recent measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition, in November 2020, it was decided that the company would participate in the Life Insurance Ecosystem Concept for expanding the Insurance Knowledge Platform.
The life insurance ecosystem concept aims to reduce the burden of insurance claim procedures and shorten the time required to receive insurance benefits, as well as significantly reduce the administrative workload of insurance companies by utilizing IT.
IRRC Corporation (1st section of TSE, 7325), a company that has atypical AI-OCR technology and engages in insurance sales, solutions, and system businesses, as well as Assist Corporation, a company engaged in software sales and technical support, forms the core of the concept.
In order to develop and expand this concept, the company's insurance payment automation technology in the "Insurance Knowledge Platform" was highly acclaimed, and the company decided to participate as the first company to strengthen the concept.
Against the backdrop of many business inquiries for the "Insurance Knowledge Platform," the company is preparing to implement multiple functions as an option in addition to the "medical information search engine" for insurance payment examination operations, which is a basic function, in order to expand the user-oriented functions and strengthen the appeal of the platform.
In order to develop the provision of a subscription-based platform for the insurance industry, which is a new initiative for Ubicom, as one of its new core businesses, the company will create mutual benefits for insurance companies and their clients, synergies with collaborating companies, and establish technological innovations and business models.
In addition, from the third quarter of FY 3/21, the company will expand the use of its approximately 1,000 global IT personnel to develop advanced solutions for the insurance industry, including the Insurance Knowledge Platform, and to further strengthen its DX promotion.
Furthermore, the company plans to invest in human resource development to train the next-generation engineers specializing in advanced fields such as AI, to further increase its corporate value with an eye on the future.
1-4 Characteristics and Strengths of Ubicom
1-4-1 Training and utilizing approximately 1,000 engineers, mainly at its development sites in the Philippines
As was touched upon in the corporate history section, the president Aoki had inspected the site several times, and considered the Philippines as an optimum location for IT development. It not only is the source of the company's competitive advantage, but also plays an extremely important role for driving the future growth strategy.
The development center in the Philippines and its predecessor have over 25 years of development experience, and their main characteristics are as follows:
1) The optimum location for global IT development: the Philippines
The Philippines enjoys the demographic dividend period, where a long-term population growth, especially in young age groups, continues. It maintains an economic growth rate of roughly 6% on average. Moreover, young citizens are full of vigor and strive for upward mobility.
In addition, the fact that English is the official language plant the seeds for engagement in global activities, the high IT literacy, its easily accessible location at the center of ASEAN countries, etc. make it an optimum location as a global base for IT development.
2) Employing elite staff
As many as about 1,000 engineers enrolled mainly in development centers in the Philippines, but it does not only boast of the quantity (number of people), but also the quality (their aptitude), which is unrivaled.
Backed by a long track record, the engineers who seek employment at the company highly value the development center in the Philippines, and the group receives a few thousand applications for engineer positions almost every year. However, only top 4% of applicants are accepted.
3) Human resources development with original education and training
Building a top-class engineering group cannot be achieved just by hiring elite personnel.
One of the differentiating factors that make it hard for competitors to catch up with the company is, in fact, its educational system and training, which turn staff into capable top engineers.
In April 2003, the corporate group established its own training center ACTION in the Philippines and started in-house developed training programs. It is constituted by 4 categories: basic concept for IT, advanced technologies, interpersonal skills, and the Japanese language. The training is conducted aiming employees to pass the PhilNITS (The Philippine National Information Technology Standards exam) and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test level 4.
After completing the training, the trainees present their achievements to the board members, and after going through interview assessments, they are finally assigned to projects. Even for elite students, the journey up to the point of being able to handle job assignments is not an easy one. The program graduates who overcome such hurdles acquire the skills needed for fulfilling their duties in an advanced technical field and a Japanese-speaking environment, hence they are overwhelmingly superior in the Japanese IT market, and they are the engine driving the company’s growth.
Furthermore, the company is always handling numerous challenging cutting-edge projects, giving highly motivated staff chances to shine. This is also one of the reasons why the corporate group is so popular as an employer in the Philippines.
4) Further upgrading and reinforcing of solution development capabilities
The company is already outshining competitors with its advanced solution development capabilities, but as it aspires to make robust use of this advantage, the company established the “Advanced Technologies Development Center” in 2017.
About tens of the center’s advanced engineers specialize in AI and big data analysis. By taking advantage of their native English to connect with top-class researchers globally, the company established a system that gives access to the latest cutting-edge technologies.
With this, it became possible to produce a prototype with highly added value that matches clients’ needs in a short period of time at low cost and directly offer it to major clients in Japan. Accordingly, the company’s capability of giving a proposal is improving considerably.
5) Receiving external acclaim
The work of its top engineers, who had overcome high hurdles and managed to participate in projects, has received high external acclaim, which led to the winning of numerous awards.
* In 2020, its Philippine subsidiary was awarded the Export Excellence Award for Software Development Services by the country’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
* In 2020, two engineers were selected as Asian top guns, who are outstanding among top passers of Asia’s common standardized version exam of the Japanese Information-Technology Engineers Examination.
* In 2017, its Philippine subsidiary, Inc. was awarded as the best software company across the Philippines in the “International ICT Award.”
* Its training program “ACTION” has been consecutively awarded the Outstanding Company Program award at the "e-Services Philippines Award” for 6 years.
1-4-2 A robust customer base
Armed with a strong competitive advantage of having both a global division and a medical division, the company has established a robust customer base.
The robust client assets are considered to play a big role for the expansion of the recurring-revenue business, which is based on subscriptions in the growth strategies, and matching the win-win investment model partners (growing corporations) with client enterprises, etc.
1-4-3 Feeling of partnership inside and outside the Group, and a corporate culture with a sense of ownership
The president Aoki considers all the employees, including those who work overseas, and their family members as "fellows." He thinks that one of the Group's strengths is that it achieves leaping growth thanks to all the employees who positively work with a cheerful never fading smile yet are never satisfied with status quo; each and everyone has a sense of ownership and thus pioneer the new times.
This feeling of partnership that values harmonious relationships extends to even outside the Group.
“The win-win investment model,” which is one of important growth strategies of the company, promotes the collaboration and strategic alliances with leading companies and growing enterprises, to accelerate the growth of existing businesses and create new businesses. The mindset that investors and investees aim to grow together as “fellows” regardless of business scale and the relationship between shareholders and portfolio companies is expected to motivate alliance partners further. This is probably the big difference from general VC (venture capital) and CVC (corporate venture capital).
1-5 ROE analysis
Net Income to Sales Ratio (%)
Asset Turnover Ratio (x)
*The asset turnover ratio and leverage are calculated with the average amount between the beginning and the end of the term. Calculated by Investment Bridge Co, Ltd. based on annual securities reports and brief financial statements.
Total asset turnover and leverage are on a downward trend, but margins continue to improve. The projected net income to sales ratio for the current fiscal year is 17.0%.
The company is likely to maintain a high level of ROE.
1-6 Shareholder Return
While the company recognizes returning profits to shareholders as one of the management priorities, it has been prioritizing expansion of its internal reserves for future business development and reinforcing the management quality. However, in FY03/19, the company paid a dividend of 5.00 yen per share for the first time considering the recent increase of orders received, robust business performance, and the establishment of the foundation for a profitable recurring-revenue business model. In the previous fiscal year March 2021, the company also paid a dividend of ¥7.00 per share, an increase by 2 yen, and the payout ratio was 13.1%.
From now on, the company will concentrate on the improvement of measures for returning profits to shareholders with the aim of achieving a payout ratio of 30% or higher in the future, while considering the balance between the improvement in business performance and strategic investment, based on the creation of stable cash flows through the shift to the subscription business model.
1-7 ESG-related initiatives
The company believes that it has a social responsibility and raison d'etre to create business innovation based on its five core assets: technology, human resources, intellectual property, foresight, and partnerships, and solve issues such as the declining birthrate and aging population, the shortage of medical care, the depletion of IT human resources, and DX. The company's ESG initiatives are as follows.
* Client DX (Business process reforms for clients through advanced technology support such as AI/Analytics/Automation/cloud)
* Improvement of Japan’s global competitiveness through globalization support for domestic companies
* Pursuing the Three Way Satisfaction (insurer/insured/medical institution) through the Platformization of non-competitive areas as represented by the new business for the insurance sector
* Workstyle reform for doctors, medical healthcare DX (improvement of healthcare safety and quality, improvement in revenues and business operations of medical institutions, shift to paperless and cloud operations, and support for diversification of medical care, including remote diagnosis)
Group as a whole
* Resilient business management (reinforced business continuity structure including remote working)
* Strategic alliances with companies with a high social impact that contribute to the SDGs
* Providing education and opportunities to young talent in Asia
* Diversity in employees and management positions
* Enhancement of incentives for employees
2.Fiscal Year ended March 2022 Earnings Results
2-1 Earnings Trends
Ratio to sales
Ratio to sales
Compared with forecast
*Unit: million yen
Sales and profits increased. Profits hit a record high.
Sales increased 12.6% YoY to 4,726 million yen. Global business continued to be strong in sales from major pillar customers and in securing orders for solutions. In the medical business, package sales of the mainstay Mighty series were steady. Operating income increased 12.4% YoY to 1,033 million yen. Although gross profit margin declined 1.0 points due to strategic investments in the global business, gross profit increased 9.9% YoY. SG&A expenses increased only 7.4% YoY, resulting in double-digit profit growth. Strategic investments were added to regular investments in previous years and were executed ahead of schedule from the first quarter to the third quarter. The company entered the recovery phase in the second half of the year, which has led to an increase in sales. Ordinary income increased 20.3% YoY to 1,055 million yen. Although net sales, operating income, and recurring profit did not reach the forecast, all kinds of profits reached a record high.
2-2 Trend of Segments
Ratio to sales
Ratio to sales
Consolidated Operating Income
*Unit: million yen. Sales is the sales toward external customers. Ratio to sales in Operating Income is profit margin. Figures for FY 3/21 do not include “Others”.
Sales and profit increased.
The company kept earning sales from pillar clients and receiving orders for solutions. To pursue a more profitable business model by developing DX personnel and enhancing measures for increasing sub-pillar clients, the company resumed the recruitment of new graduates (employing about 70 people) and the new graduates training course ACTION in the third quarter.
To enhance the lab development model based on alliances with enterprises in the public sector, the company promoted Ubicom Development Partnership in Japan. The enterprise business section continued upstream business and active investment in human resources in Japan, and pursued projects other than IBM. In addition, the company is expected to deal with more projects for cutting-edge technologies involving mainly young staff and more projects for upgrading, operating, and maintaining decrepit legacy systems in the financial field by using Japanese project managers.
In China, sales and profit grew over 50% than planned, thanks to the expansion of offices, investment in human resources, increase of employees, and acquisition of prospective global pillar clients other than Lenovo in the first half.
While considering the DX amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance, the company continued strategic investment in overseas footholds, in which they are expected to receive new orders, for expanding business further. Prospective pillar clients are steadily increasing, as the company increased new clients, including leading technology-based real estate companies.
Sales and profit increased.
As the new product Mighty Checker EX contributed, the number of medical institutions that have purchased the packaged products of the Mighty Series has been increasing healthily. The impact of the voluntary restraint of visiting medical institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic shrank, and the number of new users is on a recovery trend.
While reducing commissioned projects with low profitability, the company established a highly profitable subscription model, implemented the price policy, and sold solutions to existing clients, so the profit in this segment improved considerably, and the operating income margin rose to 57.0%. The ratio of the operating income to sales in the fourth quarter (Jan. to Mar.) of the term ended March 2022 was 59.6%, nearly 60%.
The company received many inquiries about Mighty Checker EX, a next-generation medical claim checking system, which has been launched on a full-scale basis, and Mighty Checker Cloud, which started to be supplied through the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and they have been installed in hospitals of medical groups, showing a healthy performance.
Through the shift to website-based marketing and support for coping with COVID-19, the company increased direct accounts (direct sale).
As the company monetized the Insurance Knowledge Platform, a new solution for insurance companies, and continued demonstration experiments with several insurance companies, the number of orders received and clients increased. To secure a new subscription-based revenue source following the Mighty Series, the company continued active investment, including intellectual property strategy.
2-3 Financial position and cash flow
Main Balance Sheet
End of 3/21
End of 3/22
End of 3/21
End of 3/22
Cash and Deposits
ST Interest Bearing Liabilities
Advances received/Contract liability
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
*Unit: million yen
Total assets increased 1,183 million yen from the end of the previous year to 5,624 million yen thanks to increases in cash and deposits and receivables, etc.
Total liabilities increased 313 million yen to 1,811 million yen.
Net assets increased 870 million yen to 3,812 million yen due to an increase in retained earnings.
As a result, capital adequacy ratio rose 1.5 points from the end of the previous term to 67.8%.
Increase and Decrease
Operating cash flow
Investing cash flow
Free cash flow
Financing cash flow
Cash, equivalents at term-end
*Unit: million yen
Operating cash flow and free cash flow decreased.
The cash position improved.
3. Fiscal Year ending March 2023 Earnings Forecasts
(1) Earnings Forecasts
Ratio to sales
FY 3/23 Est.
Ratio to sales
*Unit: million yen. The forecasted values were provided by the company.
Sales and Profit increase. Profit to achieve record highs for consecutive years.
The company forecasts net sales of 5,446 million yen, up 15.2% from the previous fiscal year, an operating income of 1,254 million yen, up 21.4%, and an ordinary income of 1,271 million yen, up 20.5%. Operating income and ordinary income are expected to reach record highs this fiscal year too.
The company will continue to make "strategic investments," but by absorbing these investments, it aims to achieve double-digit profit growth.
The company has not decided on a dividend at present but intends to continue to provide appropriate shareholder returns in line with profit levels this fiscal year.
(2) Priority measures
While checking the profit balance, the company will implement measures for fortifying the base for promoting the second growth phase.
These are the following four key points.
1.Enrichment of resources of experts contributing to the Go Global Strategy
The company will strive to increase young expert personnel who will lead the next-generation business.
2.Enhancement of recruitment and training of Filipino engineers
The company plans to recruit over 200 people, mainly new graduates.
The company will conduct AI education based on the alliances with enterprises in digitally advanced countries.
3.Strengthening of medical investment strategy
The company will develop new solutions for medical institutions, regarding cloud computing, DX, and reform of workstyles.
The company will further develop medical engineers in the Philippines.
4.Execution of M&A
4. Efforts to Realize the Medium-term Vision
4-1 Trend of each business
(1) Global business
◎Direction of the global business
The company believes that the potential market for software development in Japan is about 10 trillion yen, of which the current offshore utilization rate is only about 2%, and that there is room for increasing it to 10% in the future.
Moreover, we assume that there is a global potential market over 10 times larger than the Japanese potential market.
On the other hand, it is said that we will be 545,000 DX workers short in 2030.
In order to meet such demand, the company will focus on investing in education to develop human resources who can work on DX offshore with technical, language, and global development skills.
The company will improve the company's attractiveness by offering more attractive careers for young Asian talent.
It is also looking into not only in Japan, but also in Europe and the United States, which are huge markets.
In the term ending March 2023, they will form business alliances with global investees while promoting global M&A and strategical alliances to cultivate this immense market. They intend to break through with technological alliances with advanced personnel and project managers of their investees.
Moreover, they will engage in the establishment of a business model whose average spending per customer is high.
Having engineers who can speak both English and Japanese will further increase the company's competitive advantage. The company believes that crossing English and Japan quality are high added values only the company can provide.
The company defines its pillar clients ("mainstay clients") as market leaders in their respective industries with whom it has an ongoing business relationship and sales of several hundred million yen.
For new clients, 1-5 people are initially dispatched to the client's site for on-site development, but as sales expand, the number of engineers assigned to the client's site increase, and the company begin to shift to an offshore development system. The goal is to eventually have a big-pillar clients with more than 50 people working on development on a continual basis.
In the process of reaching this stage, an increase in profitability is expected, owing to the advantage of scale, the elevation of development productivity based on the accumulated industrial knowledge, the development of their original solutions for test automatization, etc.
In the fiscal year ended March 2022, the company acquired 12 new potential pillar customers.
The company is aiming to establish more than 20 pillar customers in addition to the existing 7 pillar customers (billions of yen in sales by customer) by the fiscal year ending March 2024.
◎Acceleration of development of pillar and a business model whose average spending per customer is high
They will accelerate the development of pillar and a business model whose average spending per customer is high by growing together with their alliance partners, M&A partners, and business alliance partners both in Japan and overseas.
In Japan, they will support the technical participation of upstream process architects and cultivation of leaders through their alliances, connecting it to the improvement of the offshore development unit cost.
In addition, they will work toward boosting their development capability, entering the global market, and accelerating the shift to a business model with high average spending per customer through M&A and alliances.
◎Expansion of AI-related business based on the cultivation of advanced human resources
After the COVID-19 crisis, business related to computer manufacturers is rapidly growing due to a rise in demand brought about by the workstyle reform. While the sales of mainly computer manufacturer clients accounted for about 20% before the COVID-19 crisis, the percentage increased to about 40% in the previous term.
They will keep incorporating this kind of demand while they focus on the cultivation of advanced human resources and expansion of orders in the AI field.
(2) Medical Business
◎Direction of the medical business
As mentioned in the "Business Description" section, Japan is facing a serious shortage in medical care. The company provides multifaceted support for the management of medical institutions to improve the situation.
(Enhancement of the improvement of medical institution management through Mighty Checker and Mighty QUBE)
The installation of Mighty Checker, assuming a middle-scale hospital with about 200 beds, would reduce the time for dealing with health insurance claims by about 60%. Costs would be reduced by 55%.
Moreover, Mighty QUBE for doctors shortens the working hours of outpatient clinic doctors by about 28 hours (in one month per one doctor) and lessens excessive stress. Furthermore, it is effective for improving profitability by 70 million yen per year including the increase in income brought about by the reduction of related expenses such as overtime pay and reduction of assessment due to the omission of a disease name, etc. In addition, it contributes to the elevation of the safety and quality of medical care through the prevention of typing errors based on the typing support of electronic medical records, support for streamlining operations other than examination which allow for concentrating on the care for patients, etc.
This enables the solving of the issue of lack of human resources, workstyle reform for doctors and others, and reduction of overtime work, making a significant contribution to the improvement of medical institution management.
(Note: These are results of an investigation under conditions set up by the company, assuming a middle-scale hospital with about 200 beds)
＊Insurance Knowledge Platform
The company has been conducting marketing, prototyping, and demonstration tests for several insurance companies, and is making steady progress toward a full-scale launch (start of the recurring business).
In November 2021, the company began offering Fluctuation Correction, a new DX service for the partial automation of insurance benefit payment operations at insurance companies. Business use has also begun.
◎ No. 1 niche platform in the medical field
The company estimates the target market scale of the Mighty Series for supporting both the reform of doctors’ workstyles and the medical care system and management to be 10 billion yen and the scale of the same market for the Insurance Knowledge Platform for DX in the insurance industry to be 4 billion yen.
They will progress with the horizontal development of the Insurance Knowledge Platform by using the Mighty Series as the trigger, and they are currently considering and preparing for the construction of a new medical care platform for both Japan and overseas in the future as further horizontal development.
They aim for the No. 1 niche platform in the medical field, with their position as a market leader of DX solutions tailored for medical care as the impetus.
Moreover, in the medical field there are not only doctors, but also various key players, such as the heads of administration, medical affairs division, hospital directors or agents, and their respective communities.
The company predicts that the scale of the potential market targeting these communities will be 300 billion yen, and will develop new solutions in addition to new platforms to give form to such immense market and create a new market.
The engagement of the sales team in consulting, development of medical engineers, reinforcement of direct customer support, and development of a platform for providing new intellectual property and information are actions necessary for the creation of a new market.
◎ Promotion of M&A strategy
The company has been successful in the expansion of sales and profit and the improvement of profit ratio in M&A of this business section by going through the steps of implementation of the reform of awareness, elevation of profit ratio, and success of taskforces in the Group. They are aiming for the realization of new M&A contributing to the platformer strategy, utilizing their post-merger integration (PMI) know-how.
(3) Entire group
The company will strengthen the training of medical engineers and the development of next-generation medical engines using its base in the Philippines to build up its SaaS/recurring model.
Furthermore, the company aims to quickly establish an alliance system with M&A partners and global partners in the medical field, etc.
4-2 Growth Vision
The company will maximize synergies between existing businesses and M&A, and promote the accumulation of new recurring/SaaS models.
The company will implement strategic investments to realize the growth visions of each business and promote the “Niche No. 1 Platformer Strategy.”
(From the company’s website)
The profitability of the medical business is improving. Operating income margin of the third quarter has exceeded 60%, thanks to increased direct sales, cross-selling expansion and price revisions. In addition to the existing Mighty checker and Mighty QUBE, the insurance knowledge platform is expected to improve further once it fully operational.
On the other hand, with the impact of the Corona disaster still remaining, quarterly sales remained flat from the first quarter to the fourth quarter, and full-year sales rose only slightly, due in part to a reduction in low-profit margin projects.
We will keep a close eye on whether the company will return to the upward trend seen in FY 3/21.
In the global business, the company will focus on progress toward its goal of establishing at least 20 pillar customers in FY3/24.
(Prepared by Investment Bridge based on company documents)
<Reference: Regarding Corporate Governance>
◎ Organizational structure and composition of directors and corporate auditors
Company with corporate auditor
5, out of which 2 are outside directors. (including 2 independent executives)
3, out of which 2 are outside auditors. (including 2 independent executives)
◎ Corporate Governance Report
Last updated: December 27, 2021
The corporate ethos of our company is “to remain a one-of-a-kind business innovation company,” “global business operation,” and “co-prosperity based on a win-win model.” We recognize that it is essential to enrich and tighten our corporate governance, in order to improve our corporate value and maintain our global competitiveness under this ethos. In detail, our basic policy is “to aim to enhance our profitability and maximize the profits for shareholders by conducting more efficient, sound business activities” and put importance on compliance. Under this policy, we strive to strengthen our corporate governance, while considering that it is essential to fulfill our social responsibilities toward all kinds of stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, business partners, and local communities, and achieve sustainable growth and expansion.
<Reasons for Non-compliance with each Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>
Based on the Code revised in June 2021 (excluding principles for the Prime Market).
Reasons for not following
[Supplementary Principle 2-4-1 Ensuring Diversity in the Promotion of Core Human Resources, etc.]
Our company expands business through mid-career recruitment based on experience, ability, etc. regardless of sex and nationality. That is why we do not set any policies or goals regarding the promotion to managerial positions tailored for women, foreigners, and mid-career recruits. Furthermore, while we do not have any female or non-Japanese executives, we are pushing forward with the promotion of personnel with outstanding personalities, opinions, and management skills, regardless of sex and nationality. Moreover, currently one female executive (of foreign nationality) has a successful career as a director at an overseas subsidiary, and we will make endeavors in the promotion of diverse human resources from now on as well.
We will consider a human resources strategy for the medium- to long-term improvement of the corporate value, including the policy for cultivating human resources and policy for arranging an in-house environment to ensure further diversity.
[Supplementary Principle 3-1-3 Initiatives Regarding Sustainability]
While our company discloses initiatives regarding sustainability so that they may be viewed on the company website, we will further consider disclosure concerning investment in human capital and intellectual property, etc.
[4-2-2 Initiatives Pertaining to Sustainability (Formulation of the Basic Policy)]
Our company discloses the basic policy (Basic ESG Policy) for initiatives pertaining to sustainability so that it may be viewed on the company website (https://www.ubicom-hd.com/ja/sustainability.html).
In the future, we will consider having the Board of Directors debate on strategies concerning the allotment of management resources such as investment in human capital and intellectual property, and the business portfolio including the effectiveness thereof, and supervise it at the point of formulating a mid-term management plan and a single-year plan.
<Disclosure Based on each Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>
The information is based on the revised Code of June 2021 (excluding principles for the prime market).
Principle 1-4 【The strategically held shares】
Our company may hold shares strategically, if they are considered to contribute to the enhancement of the value of our corporate group from the mid/long-term viewpoint. Our policy is to hold such shares, as long as we can secure the rationality of shareholding purposes, such as the maintenance and cementing of transaction relations through business alliance, collaboration, etc. For exercising the voting rights of the shares, we discuss whether or not a bill is consistent with our shareholding policy.
Moreover, there are no strategically held shares as of the day of the submission of this report.
Principle 5-1 【Policy for constructive dialogue with shareholders】
We positively respond to shareholders’ application for dialogue.
The finance and accounting department and the strategic planning department are in charge of our IR activities, and have developed an IR system based on their daily close cooperation, so that they can accept the phone interviews from investors, small meetings, etc.
In addition, we hold a result briefing session involving the representative director and distribute a result briefing video twice or more times every year.
In addition, our company discloses information and manages insider information in accordance with our disclosure policy.
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