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Isamu Oguni President and CEO

OPTEX GROUP (6914)

 

 

Company Information

Market

TSE 1st Section

Industry

Electric equipment (manufacturer)

President and CEO

Isamu Oguni

HQ Address

4-7-5, Nionohama, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture

Year-end

December

Homepage

https://www.optexgroup.co.jp/en/

 

Stock Information

Share Price

Shares Outstanding (Term end)

Total market cap

ROE Act.

Trading Unit

¥1,514

37,735,784 shares

¥57,131 million

4.3%

100 shares

DPS Est.

Dividend yield Est.

EPS Est.

PER Est.

BPS Act.

PBR Act.

¥30.00

2.0%

¥92.64

16.3x

¥896.02

1.7x

*The share price is the closing price on November 15. Shares outstanding, DPS and EPS are taken from the brief financial report for the third quarter of FY December 2021. ROE and BPS are the results in the previous term.

 

Earnings Trend

Fiscal Year

Sales

Operating profit

Ordinary profit

Net profit

EPS

DPS

December 2017

37,504

4,885

5,036

3,386

97.63

27.50

December 2018

40,113

4,989

5,038

3,775

104.85

30.00

December 2019

37,517

2,856

2,876

2,197

60.02

32.50

December 2020

34,846

2,098

2,176

1,395

38.59

30.00

December 2021 Est.

45,000

4,500

4,800

3,350

92.64

30.00

* Net profit is net profit attributed to parent shareholders. On April 1, 2018, a 2-for-1 stock split was implemented. Both EPS and DPS are revised retroactively.

 

This Bridge Report presents OPTEX GROUP’s earnings results for the third quarter of fiscal year ending December 2021 and so on.

 

Table of Contents

Key Points
1. Company Overview
2. The Third Quarter of Fiscal Year Ending December 2021 Earnings Results
3. Fiscal Year Ending December 2021 Earnings Forecasts
4. Future Points of Interest
<Reference1: Medium Term Business Plan>
<Reference2: Regarding Corporate Governance>

Key Points

  • In the third quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2021, sales grew 35.2% year on year to 34,049 million yen. In addition to the growth of the existing businesses, mainly the FA segment, IA business, Sanritz Automation contributed, which became a subsidiary in the previous term. Exchange rates increased sales by about 800 million yen. Operating profit was 3,816 million yen, up 201.3% year on year. Through the acquisition of Sanritz Automation as a subsidiary, gross profit margin declined, but gross profit rose thanks to the sales growth. The augmentation of SG&A, including the costs for acquiring Sanritz Automation as a subsidiary, was offset, and exchange rates increased profit by about 400 million yen. Consequently, profit grew considerably, and both sales and profit hit a record high.

     

  • There is no revision to the full-year earnings forecasts. For the fiscal year ending December 2021, sales are projected to rise 29.1% year on year to 45 billion yen and operating profit is forecast to grow 114.4% year on year to 4.5 billion yen. Double-digit sales growth is expected in all major segments and all regions. Sanritz Automation acquired as a subsidiary is expected to increase sales by about 3.5 billion yen. The company plans to pay a dividend of 30.00 yen/share, unchanged from the previous term. The expected payout ratio is 32.4%.

     

  • The company announced that MITSUTEC CO., LTD. which plans, develops, manufactures, and sells image processing and inspection equipment, would become a 100% subsidiary. Mitsutec plans, develops, manufactures, and sells image processing and inspection equipment in various industries, contributing to the improvement in quality of manufacturing with its advanced technologies. It also handles secondary battery manufacturing equipment, and as a system integrator for factory automation, it utilizes advanced mechatronics and image processing technologies for battery manufacturing equipment that is indispensable for a decarbonized society, etc., connects equipment with the Internet for IoT, enriches the traceability management function, and enhances measures for utilizing artificial intelligence (AI). By fusing the technologies and production capacities the two companies have nurtured, they will provide clients with comprehensive solutions, including the provision of innovative control and measurement devices, the installation of equipment, and the development of manufacturing lines, in the factory automation market.

     

  • The company announced that it would acquire treasury shares, to improve the return to shareholders and capital efficiency. The company will acquire up to 650,000 shares by paying up to 1 billion yen.

     

  • The progress rate in the third quarter was as high as 75.7% for sales and 84.8% for operating profit, but the earnings forecasts revised in July is unchanged. Bottoming out in the second quarter (Apr. to Jun.) of the previous term, business performance has been recovering thanks to the good performance in Japan and other Asian countries and in the IA Business. In the third quarter (Jul. to Sep.) of this term, sales grew from the same period of the previous year, but sales in all segments except the SS Business (automatic door-related) declined from the previous term. While there remain uncertainties due to the shortage of components, mainly semiconductors, the skyrocketing of material prices, etc., we would like to pay attention to the trend in the fourth quarter (Oct. to Dec.).

     

  • Regarding M&A, which is a priority measure, the company acquired Mitsutec this term, following the acquisition of Sanritz Automation in the previous term. It is noteworthy whether they can exert synergy in the IA Business(FA segment) speedily after changing its business model from the sale of tangible products to the sale of intangible things.

     

1. Company Overview

OPTEX GROUP Co., Ltd. is a holding company centered around OPTEX Co., Ltd. that manufactures and sells outdoor sensors (top share of 40% in the global market), automatic door sensors (30% share of the global market and 50% share of the domestic market) and environment-related products.
OPTEX GROUP holds subsidiaries including OPTEX FA CO., LTD., which deals with FA related sensing business; CCS Inc., which holds the global top share in the LED lighting business for image processing; Sanritz Automation Co., Ltd., which has a wealth of results in the development, manufacturing and sales of industrial computers, Mitsutec Corp., which plans, develops, manufactures, and sells image processing and inspection equipment, contributing to the improvement in quality of manufacturing with its advanced technologies (included in the scope of consolidation from the fiscal year ending December 2022), Three Ace Co., Ltd., which specializes in the development of various systems, applications, and digital content; Optex MFG Co., Ltd., which is responsible for manufacturing Group products, RAYTEC LIMITED (UK), which has attained the largest global share (about 50 %) for supplemental lights for CCTV; and FIBER SENSYS INC. (US), which deals with optical fiber intrusion detection systems.
As of December 31, 2020, the company operates in 84 locations worldwide, including 28 overseas companies.

 

OPTEX CO., LTD.

Develops and sells sensors for various uses, such as security sensors and sensors for automatic doors

OPTEX FA CO., LTD.

Development and sales of photoelectric sensors, image inspection systems, displacement sensors and measuring instruments

CCS Inc.

Development, manufacturing and sales of LED lighting devices, and systems for image processing

Sanritz Automation Co., Ltd.

Development, manufacturing and sales of industrial computers

MITSUTEC CO., LTD.

(included in the scope of consolidation from the fiscal year ending December 2022)

Development, manufacturing, and sale of image processing inspection system and automation system

THREE ACE CO., LTD.

Development of various systems, applications, and digital content

OPTEX MFG CO., LTD.

Manufactures products for the Group and provides contract manufacturing service for electronic equipment

SICK OPTEX CO., LTD.

Development of general-purpose photoelectric sensors. A joint venture of SICK AG (Germany) and OPTEX FA CO., LTD.

GIKEN TRASTEM CO., LTD.

Development, manufacturing and sales of people counting systems, customer traffic counting/management systems

ZENIC INC.

Contracted development of IC and LSI for image processing, and design and sales of FA systems

O’PAL OPTEX CO., LTD.

Management of outdoor activities and environmental hands-on learning programs

FIBER SENSYS INC. (US)

Development, manufacturing and sales of fiber-optic intrusion detection systems

FARSIGHT SECURITY SERVICES LTD. (UK)

Security company providing remote video surveillance services

RAYTEC LIMITED. (UK)

Development, manufacturing and sales of supplemental lighting for surveillance cameras

GARDASOFT VISION LIMITED. (UK)

Development, manufacturing, and sale of LED lighting controllers for machine vision

 

1-1 Corporate History

In May 1979, Mr. Toru Kobayashi (currently serving as a director and senior corporate adviser), who was developing security sensors in a manufacturer of anti-crime devices in Kyoto, established OPTEX Co., Ltd. with the spirit of the endeavor to “make their products recognized in the world as much as possible.”
In November 1979, the company developed “the world’s first far-infrared sensor for automatic doors.” Around that time, pressure-sensitive rubber mats were used for automatic doors, and an automatic door sensor that utilizes far-infrared light was epoch-making. OPTEX was unrivaled in maintenance and installation services and seized the largest share in the market of automatic door sensors in the third year after inauguration (currently occupying about 50% of the Japanese market).
Since then, the company has developed a wide array of products for security, automatic doors, and industrial equipment with its unique ideas and technologies that embodies them.

 

In the 1980s, the company entered overseas markets. While it had been considered impossible to set a far-infrared sensor outdoors because external factors, such as light, would cause errors, the company developed the outdoor far-infrared sensor “VX-40” with its original technology, and that sensor was highly evaluated mainly in the European market, and occupied the largest share in the global market of outdoor intrusion detection sensors.
Through business expansion, the company became an over-the-counter company (equivalent to being listed in the JASDAQ market) in 1991. Then, it was listed in the second section of Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in 2001, and in the first section of TSE in 2003.

 

Recently, the company has been strengthening solutions based on image processing technologies and high-end security systems. In 2008, it reorganized ZENIC INC., which undertakes the development of ICs and LSI for image processing, etc., into a subsidiary. In 2010, it acquired FIBER SENSYS INC. (US), which has plenty of experience handling high-end security systems (optical fiber intrusion detection systems) for important facilities in Europe and the U.S., as a subsidiary. In 2012, it acquired RAYTEC LIMITED (UK), which handles supplemental lighting for cameras of high-end security systems for important large-scale facilities, as a subsidiary.
In May 2016, it acquired CCS Inc., which has the world’s largest share in the market of LED lighting for image processing, as a subsidiary, and transformed it into a 100% subsidiary in July 2018.
With the aim of adopting next-generation business administration and pursuing group synergy, it shifted to the holding company system on January 1, 2017.
Mr. Isamu Oguni was appointed as President and CEO in March 2019.

 

In December 2020, the company acquired Sanritz Automation Co., Ltd., which has an abundance of experience in developing, manufacturing, and selling industrial computer systems, as a subsidiary. In February 2021, it announced a three-year medium-term management plan ending fiscal 2023. To achieve this plan, the company aims for further growth as the global niche No. 1 company by promoting business model reforms and strengthening solution proposal capabilities.

 

 

1-2 Business Description

The Company’s business is composed of its main SS business (security sensor segment and automatic door sensor segment), sensors for industrial machinery, LED lighting device and system for image processing, the “IA Business” which works towards the automation, labor saving, and optimization of the production line using industrial computers, “EMS business,” which was included in the SS business up until the previous term and provides contract manufacturing services for electronic equipment in China, and “Other business”, which operates programs for outdoor activities and experiencing and learning of the environment and develops apps and digital content. The above segmentation will be put into practice from the first quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2021.

 

Segment

Business Description

SS Business

Security Sensor segment

Main products include various indoor and outdoor sensors, wireless security systems and LED lighting control systems, etc. For outdoor sensors, the company has the leading share in the global market. Recently, it focuses on development of the automobile detection sensor using microwave technologies.

Automatic Door Sensor segment

The company developed the world’s first automatic door sensor using infrared rays.

Main products are automatic door opening/closing sensors, shutter sensors for factories, wireless touch switches, etc.

Other

Equipment for measuring water quality. Transportation safety products, Customer traffic counting/management systems, developing/marketing of image processing-related products.

IA Business

FA segment

Main products include photoelectric sensors used for quality control and automation of production lines, displacement sensors, image sensors, LED lights, etc. In Japan, these products are provided to a wide range of industries such as food or pharmaceutical for quality control of production lines. In Europe, its products on an OEM basis through its technological partner SICK AG (Germany) that has the largest share in industrial sensor market. Also, its house-brand products have been launched in Asia and North America.

MVL segment

The company has a significant share in the LED lighting business for image processing. The company offers solutions using the natural light LED developed by the company, which boasts the best color rendering property in the field.

IPC segment

Has shown great results in the development, manufacturing, and sale of industrial computers. Specializes in the development of devices and systems that require both “hardware” and “software” of industrial built-in computers.

EMS-related

Contract manufacturing services for electronic equipment, developed at a factory in China.

Others

Operating outdoor activities and environmental hands-on learning programs and development of applications and digital content.

*SS: Sensing Solution、IA:Industrial Automation、FA:Factory Automation、MVL:Machine Vision Lighting、IPC:Industrial PC 、EMS:Electronics Manufacturing Service。

 

1-3 Advantages: Diversified Technologies/Expertise on Sensing and Unique Sensing Algorithm

To produce stable and reliable sensors, it is essential to build on a number of elemental technologies and expertise, as well as “algorithms” to control physical changes. The company takes advantage of its technologies/expertise suitable for intended applications and its unique sensing algorithm to secure the largest share in the global market.

 

Noise abatement technology

・Hardware design to minimize various noises

・Conduct a number of environmental assessments based on its own standard, and launch products that passed the assessments

Sophisticated optical design

・Make use of optical simulation to achieve high-density areas eliminating blind spots

・Packaging technologies to enable downsizing

Compliant to public standards for reliability

・Adapted and compliant to any global standards

・Adapted and compliant to industry standards and guidelines

(CE marking, EN standard [TUV certified], ANSI, JIS, etc.)

Environment friendly design

・By identifying 15 restricted-use materials and 10 self-control materials, the company succeeded in excluding toxic substances in all products

・Compliant to RoHS directive, lead-free solder alloy

・Design to minimize the effect from CO2 when in use

Secure & safe control

・Adopt self-diagnosis functions in emergency or in failure to prevent system outage, and fail-safe devices for sensors

・Propose preventive maintenance measures to maintain functions

Unique sensing algorithm

・Unique algorithm to eliminate the impact of noise ineliminable by hardware, detect, scan and analyze only the intended events

・Various automatic correction functions to maintain performance in the field

 

1-4 ROE analysis

 

FY12/ 11

FY12/ 12

FY12/ 13

FY12/ 14

FY12/ 15

FY12/ 16

FY12/ 17

F 12/ 18

FY12/ 19

FY12/ 20

ROE (%)

6.0

4.6

8.2

8.6

8.7

7.4

12.6

12.3

6.8

4.3

Net profit margin (%)

5.58

3.99

6.87

7.39

7.38

5.83

9.03

9.41

5.86

4.00

Total asset turnover (times)

0.85

0.91

0.92

0.89

0.91

0.91

0.95

0.95

0.86

0.76

Leverage (times)

1.27

1.28

1.30

1.31

1.30

1.41

1.48

1.38

1.35

1.41

 

The company is aiming for an early recovery to the target of 10% or more.

 

 

1-5 Efforts on ESG

The company believes that building a relationship of trust with a wide range of stakeholders is essential for improving corporate value and has posted 「ESG information」(https://www.optexgroup.co.jp/en/esg/stakeholder.html)on its website to further enhance ESG information disclosure. In addition, Published the ESG Bridge Report through Investment Bridge Inc.
The company identify the materiality for sustainable growth for the first time, and mention the challenges and initiatives for the future in the report.
https://www.bridge-salon.jp/report_bridge/archives/eng/6914/20210525.html

 

 

2. The Third Quarter of Fiscal Year Ending December 2021 Earnings Results

(1) Business Results

 

3Q of FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

3Q of FY 12/21

Ratio to sales

YoY

Sales

25,178

100.0%

34,049

100.0%

+35.2%

Gross profit

13,495

53.6%

17,845

52.4%

+32.2%

SG&A

12,228

48.6%

14,029

41.2%

+14.7%

Operating profit

1,266

5.0%

3,816

11.2%

+201.3%

Ordinary profit

1,343

5.3%

4,191

12.3%

+212.1%

Quarterly Net Profit

713

2.8%

2,952

8.7%

+313.8%

*Unit: million yen. The Quarterly Net profit is the quarterly profit attributable to owners of the parent company. The same shall apply hereinafter.

 

Substantial increase in sales and profit, the initial forecasts were exceeded considerably
Sales grew 35.2% year on year to 34,049 million yen. The acquisition of Sanritz Automation Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in the previous term as well as strong growth of the existing businesses such as the FA segment, IA business, contributed to the sales increase. Foreign exchange also made a positive contribution of about 800 million yen. Operating profit was 3,816 million yen, up 201.3% year on year. Although the acquisition of Sanritz Automation as a subsidiary reduced gross profit margin, the rise in sales increased gross profit. The company achieved significant profit growth by offsetting an increase in SG&A, the foreign exchange also made a positive contribution of approximately 400 million yen. Profit increased substantially.
Both sales and profits reached record highs.

 

◎Trends in each quarter

Quarterly sales and profit increased considerably from the same period of the previous year, but declined 4.1% and 7%, respectively, from the previous quarter (the second quarter).

 

◎Regional trends

 

3Q of FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

3Q of FY 12/21

Ratio to sales

YoY

Consolidated Sales

25,178

100.0%

34,049

100.0%

+35.2%

Domestic

11,196

44.5%

15,395

45.2%

+37.5%

Overseas

13,982

55.5%

18,654

54.8%

+33.4%

 America

3,205

12.7%

4,043

11.9%

+26.1%

 Europe

7,600

30.2%

9,838

28.9%

+29.4%

 Asia

3,177

12.6%

4,773

14.0%

+50.2%

*Unit: million yen. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 35.2% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

Sales grew considerably inside and outside Japan. In particular, the sales in Asia, mainly China, increased about 50%.

 

 

◎Average exchange rate

 

3Q of FY 12/20

3Q of FY 12/21

USD

¥107.59

¥108.50

EURO

¥120.90

¥129.83

 

(2) Earnings by Segment

①Trends in each segment

 

3Q of FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

3Q of FY 12/21

Ratio to sales

YoY

SS Business

12,435

49.4%

15,023

44.1%

+20.8%

IA Business

12,093

48.0%

18,183

53.4%

+50.4%

EMS Business

299

1.2%

477

1.4%

+59.7%

Others

349

1.4%

364

1.1%

+4.3%

Sales

25,178

100.0%

34,049

100.0%

+35.2%

SS Business

833

6.7%

1,809

12.0%

+117.0%

IA Business

793

6.6%

2,174

12.0%

+174.0%

EMS Business

59

19.7%

254

53.2%

+330.5%

Others

-35

-

-12

-

-

Adjustments

-385

-

-409

-

-

Operating profit

1,266

5.0%

3,816

11.2%

+201.3%

*Unit: million yen. Ratio to sales of Operating profit refers to Sales Profit margin. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 35.2% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

②Trends in each segment and region

 

3Q of FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

3Q of FY 12/21

Ratio to sales

YoY

SS: Security

8,263

100.0%

10,334

100.0%

+25.1%

Japan

1,615

19.5%

1,820

17.6%

+12.7%

AMERICAs

1,679

20.3%

2,105

20.4%

+25.4%

EMEA

4,170

50.5%

5,465

52.9%

+31.1%

Asia

799

9.7%

944

9.1%

+18.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS: Automatic door

2,886

100.0%

3,265

100.0%

+13.1%

Japan

1,492

51.7%

1,593

48.8%

+6.8%

AMERICAs

749

26.0%

859

26.3%

+14.7%

EMEA

558

19.3%

720

22.1%

+29.0%

Asia

87

3.0%

93

2.8%

+6.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:FA

5,294

100.0%

7,245

100.0%

+36.9%

Japan

2,462

46.5%

3,205

44.2%

+30.2%

AMERICAs

77

1.5%

99

1.4%

+28.6%

EMEA

1,691

31.9%

1,946

26.9%

+15.1%

Asia

1,064

20.1%

1,995

27.5%

+87.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:MVL

6,799

100.0%

8,430

100.0%

+24.0%

Japan

3,939

57.9%

4,336

51.4%

+10.1%

AMERICAs

700

10.3%

953

11.3%

+36.1%

EMEA

1,181

17.4%

1,707

20.2%

+44.5%

Asia

979

14.4%

1,434

17.0%

+46.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:IPC

-

-

2,508

100.0%

-

Japan

-

-

2,482

99.0%

-

AMERICAs

-

-

26

1.0%

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMS

299

100.0%

477

100.0%

+59.5%

Japan

207

69.2%

312

65.4%

+50.7%

AMERICAs

-

-

1

0.2%

-

Asia

92

30.8%

164

34.4%

+78.3%

*Unit: million yen. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 35.2% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

 

◎SS Business
Sales and profits increased.
(Security sensor segment)
Sales increased.
* Japan: The sales of outdoor intrusion detectors for security companies and large-scale critical facilities were healthy, resulting in an steady increase in sales.
* AMERICAs: The sales of products for general housing, business offices and large-scale critical facilities were favorable, resulting in a large increase in sales.
* EMEA: The sales of products for general housing, business offices and large-scale critical facilities were favorable, resulting in a significant increase in sales.
* Asi The sale of products for critical facilities was favorable, resulting in a large increase in sales.

 

(Automatic door sensor segment)
Sales increased.
* Japan: Due to the steady demand from stores that sell daily necessities and the demand for the sensor for the use of non-contact, the sale to automatic door dealers has increased steadily, resulting in an increase in sales.
* AMERICAs: The sale of products for major automatic door manufacturers in North America was favorable, resulting in a large increase in sales.
* EMEA: The sale of products for major automatic door manufacturers in Europe was favorable, resulting in a large increase in sales.

 

◎IA Business
Sales and profits increased.
(FA segment)
Sales increased.
* Japan: The sales for the food industry and electric devices, electronics and semiconductor related investments were favorable, resulting in a significant increase in sales.
* EMEA: The sale of displacement sensors for electronic parts was healthy, resulting in a large increase in sales.
* Asi The vigorous capital investment demand in China caused a steady growth in the sale of displacement sensors, resulting in a large increase in sales.

 

(MVL segment)
Sales increased.
* Japan: The sale for the automotive industry was sluggish, but the sale for electric devices, electronics and semiconductor related investments was healthy, resulting in a slight increase in sales.
* AMERICAs: The continued projects for the medical industry in the North American region and the orders received for semiconductor related investments resulted in a large increase in sales.
* EMEA: The sales for the French subsidiary expanded due to the recovery of economic activities in Europe and product distribution to the United States of America, resulting in a large increase in sales.
* Asi The sale for semiconductor related investments in China expanded, resulting in a large increase in sales.

 

(3) Financial Conditions

◎Main BS

 

End of Dec.2020

End of Sep.2021

Increase/ decrease

 

End of Dec.2020

End of Sep..2021

Increase/ decrease

Current Assets

33,067

37,498

+4,431

Current liabilities

11,421

13,275

+1,854

Cash

14,583

15,848

+1,265

Payables

1,961

2,744

+783

Receivables

8,305

9,817

+1,512

ST Interest Bearing Liabilities

6,420

6,103

-317

Inventories

8,318

9,994

+1,676

Noncurrent liabilities

3,343

16,480

+13,137

Noncurrent Assets

14,323

14,236

-87

LT Interest Bearing Liabilities

232

81

-151

Tangible Assets

6,167

6,387

+220

Net defined benefit liabilities

1,289

1,286

-3

Intangible Assets

3,742

3,319

-423

Liabilities

14,765

16,480

+1,715

Investment, Others

4,413

4,529

+116

Net Assets

32,625

35,253

+2,628

Total assets

47,390

51,734

+4,344

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

47,390

51,734

+4,344

*Unit: million yen

 

Total assets increased 4,344 million yen from the end of the previous term to 51,734 million yen, due to the growth of cash, receivables, inventories, etc.
Total liabilities went up 1,715 million yen from the end of the previous term to 16,480 million yen because, in part, the amount of payables increased while the amount of borrowings dropped.
Net assets were 35,253 million yen, up 2,628 million yen from the end of the previous term, due to an increase in retained earnings, etc.
The equity ratio was 67.6%, down 0.8 point from the end of the previous fiscal year.

 

(4) Topics

① Acquisition of Mitsutec Co., Ltd. which plans, develops, manufactures, and sells image inspection system and automation system, as a 100% subsidiary
In November 2021, the company announced the acquisition of Mitsutec (Hyogo Prefecture), which plans, develops, manufactures, and sells sells image inspection system and automation system, as a 100% subsidiary

 

(Outline of Mitsutec Co., Ltd.)
Mitsutec Co., Ltd. was established in 1987. It plans, develops, manufactures, and sells image processing and inspection equipment for various industries, and contributes to the improvement in quality of manufacturing with advanced technologies. Since it was established, it has been handling secondary battery manufacturing equipment, and as a system integrator for factory automation, it utilizes advanced mechatronics and image processing technologies for battery manufacturing equipment required for a decarbonized society, etc.
In recent years, it has made equipment compatible with IoT, enriched the traceability management function, and enhanced measures for adopting artificial intelligence (AI).
In the fiscal year ended March 2021, Mitsutec posted sales of 2,112 million yen, an operating loss of 241 million yen, total assets of 3,888 million yen, and net assets of 3,391 million yen.

 

(Purpose of the acquisition as a subsidiary)
By fusing the technologies and production capacities the Optex Group and Mitsutec have nurtured, they will provide clients with comprehensive solutions, including the provision of innovative control and measurement devices, the installation of equipment, and the development of manufacturing lines, in the factory automation market, cultivate business domains in promising fields, and improve the corporate value of the entire group.

 

(Taken from the reference material of the company)
(Overview of the acquisition as a subsidiary and the future outlook)
Optex Group will acquire 600 shares (100% of voting rights) from the representative director and president Hisanao Mitsu of Mitsutec.
The acquisition price is undisclosed. The scheduled date of acquisition is November 30, 2021.
Mr. Noboru Higashi, who is currently a director in charge of strategies of Optex Group, will be appointed as representative director and president of Mitsutec.

 

Its impact on the business performance in the current term is minor. The impact on the business performance in the fiscal year ending December 2022 is being examined. If there emerge any items that should be disclosed, they will disclose them immediately.

 

② Announcement of acquisition of treasury shares
In November 2021, the company announced that it would acquire treasury shares to improve the return to shareholders and capital efficiency.

 

Total number of shares to be acquired

Up to 650,000

Ratio to the total number of outstanding shares excluding treasury shares: 1.80%

Total acquisition price

Up to 1 billion yen

Acquisition period

November 16, 2021 to December 23, 2021

Acquisition method

Buying via Tokyo Stock Exchange

 

③ Application for listing on the new market Prime Market
In July 2021, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. notified the company that it satisfies the criteria for remaining listed on the Prime Market as the results of the first screening for the new market classification, which will become effective in April 2022.
In response, in September 2021, the company decided to apply for listing on the new market Prime Market.
From now on, the company will proceed with the specified procedure for choosing a new market in accordance with the application schedule specified by Tokyo Stock Exchange.

 

④ GVS-OCR Series, an image sensor for print inspection, received the machinery award at the 24th Excellent Food Award of Japan Food Journal
In September 2021, GVS-OCR Series, an image sensor for print inspection of Optex FA Co., Ltd., received the machinery award at the 24th Excellent Food Award of Japan Food Journal.

 

This award was established by The Japan Food Journal Co., Ltd. with the aim of commending excellent products among all kinds of machines, materials, and ingredients that support the food industry.
This sensor was highly evaluated, because it is the highest-quality model with significantly improved on-site usability and text reading capacity and compatible with DX.
As other highly evaluated points, the company has made efforts to distribute print inspection equipment with excellent operability, installability, and cost-effectiveness in the food industry for over 15 years, and since it is possible to prevent recall or voluntary collection, it can contribute to society from the viewpoints of fulfilling “responsibilities to produce and use” in SDGs and reducing food loss.
The company received this award for the second time, after receiving it with the image sensor CVS1 series in 2004.

 

⑤ CCS Inc. participated in SoftBank 5G Consortium
In July 2021, CCS Inc. participated in SoftBank 5G Consortium, which was organized by SoftBank Corp.

 

In SoftBank 5G Consortium, SoftBank Corp. cooperates with business companies, related partners, external intellectuals, and others in various fields, in conducting demonstration experiments for 5G solutions to problems in each field and development for commercialization, for the purpose of accelerating the spread of 5G.

 

CCS proposes AI-based inspection automation solutions, because by combining cameras, lenses, and lighting suited for inspection targets in AI-based image recognition, it is possible to improve recognition precision and stabilize judgment.
If it becomes possible to transmit heavy data rapidly through the spread of 5G, it will be possible to judge whether each product is good or bad with AI software in the cloud, and it will be unnecessary to set an AI-installed PC at each production site, making it easier to adopt AI, so the company will pursue the utilization of AI-based inspection.

 

3. Fiscal Year Ending December 2021 Earnings Forecasts

(1) Earnings forecast

 

FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

FY 12/21 Est.

Ratio to sales

YoY

Progress rate against the full year

Sales

34,846

100.0%

45,000

100.0%

+29.1%

75.7%

Operating Profit

2,098

6.0%

4,500

10.0%

+114.4%

84.8%

Ordinary Profit

2,176

6.2%

4,800

10.7%

+120.5%

87.3%

Net Profit

1,395

4.0%

3,350

7.4%

+140.1%

88.1%

*Unit: million yen.

 

No revision to the earnings forecasts. Sales and profit expected to grow considerably.
There is no change in the financial forecast. Sales are expected to increase by 29.1% YoY to 45 billion yen and operating profit by 114.4% YoY to 4.5 billion yen. Sales are expected to increase by double digits in all major segments and all regions. SanritzAutomation, Inc., which became a subsidiary, will contribute approximately 3.5 billion yen to sales.
We plan to pay a dividend of 30.00 yen per share, the same as the previous fiscal year. The forecast payout ratio is 32.4%.

 

◎Regional trends

 

FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

FY 12/21 Est.

Ratio to sales

YoY

Progress rate against the full year

Consolidated sales

34,846

100.0%

45,000

100.0%

+29.1%

75.7%

Domestic

15,494

44.5%

21,299

47.3%

+37.5%

72.3%

International

19,352

55.5%

23,701

52.7%

+22.5%

78.7%

 AMERICAs

4,402

12.6%

5,109

11.4%

+16.1%

79.1%

 Europe

10,428

29.9%

12,599

28.0%

+20.8%

78.1%

 Asia

4,522

13.0%

5,993

13.3%

+32.5%

79.6%

*Unit: million yen. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 29.1% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

(2) Trends in each segment

①Sales of each segment

 

FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

FY 12/21 Est.

Ratio to sales

YoY

Progress rate against the full year

SS Business

17,398

49.9%

20,388

45.3%

+17.2%

73.7%

IA Business

16,488

47.3%

23,490

52.2%

+42.5%

77.4%

EMS Business

472

1.4%

570

1.3%

+20.8%

83.7%

Others

488

1.4%

552

1.2%

+13.1%

65.9%

Consolidated sales

34,846

100.0%

45,000

100.0%

+29.1%

75.7%

*Unit: million yen. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 29.1% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

②Trends in each segment and region

 

FY 12/20

Ratio to sales

FY 12/21 Est.

Ratio to sales

YoY

Progress rate against the full year

SS: Security

11,549

100.0%

13,724

100.0%

+18.8%

75.3%

Japan

2,312

20.0%

2,708

19.7%

+17.1%

67.2%

AMERICAs

2,255

19.5%

2,639

19.2%

+17.0%

79.8%

EMEA

5,752

49.8%

7,035

51.3%

+22.3%

77.7%

Asia

1,230

10.7%

1,342

9.8%

+9.1%

70.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS: Automatic door

3,938

100.0%

4,477

100.0%

+13.7%

72.9%

Japan

2,030

51.5%

2,228

49.8%

+9.8%

71.5%

AMERICAs

999

25.4%

1,180

26.4%

+18.1%

72.8%

EMEA

783

19.9%

914

20.4%

+16.7%

78.8%

Asia

126

3.2%

155

3.5%

+23.0%

60.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:FA

7,307

100.0%

9,115

100.0%

+24.7%

79.5%

Japan

3,436

47.0%

4,183

45.9%

+21.7%

76.6%

AMERICAs

109

1.5%

159

1.7%

+45.9%

62.3%

EMEA

2,264

31.0%

2,424

26.6%

+7.1%

80.3%

Asia

1,498

20.5%

2,349

25.8%

+56.8%

84.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:MVL

9,181

100.0%

10,805

100.0%

+17.7%

78.0%

Japan

5,233

57.0%

5,741

53.1%

+9.7%

75.5%

AMERICAs

1,039

11.3%

1,114

10.3%

+7.2%

85.5%

EMEA

1,629

17.7%

2,226

20.6%

+36.6%

76.7%

Asia

1,280

13.9%

1,724

16.0%

+34.7%

83.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA:IPC

-

-

3,570

100.0%

-

70.3%

Japan

-

-

3,554

99.6%

-

69.8%

AMERICAs

-

-

16

0.4%

-

162.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMS

472

100.0%

570

100.0%

+20.8%

83.7%

Japan

338

71.6%

369

64.7%

+9.2%

84.6%

AMERICAs

-

-

1

0.2%

-

100%

Asia

134

28.4%

200

35.1%

+49.3%

82.0%

*Unit: million yen. The cells with year-on-year sales growth rates exceeding 29.1% (company-wide sales growth rate) are colored.

 

4. Future Points of Interest

The progress rate for the third quarter is high at 75.7% for sales and 84.8% for operating income, but the company has left the revised forecast unchanged in July.
After bottoming out in the second quarter (April-June) of the previous fiscal year, the company has been recovering in Japan and Asia by region, and in IA business by segment, but in the third quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year, sales increased year on year but declined year on year except for the SS business (automatic door related). However, in the third quarter (July-September) of this fiscal year, sales increased year on year, but decreased year on year except for the SS business (automatic door related). Amidst the continuing uncertainties such as shortage of parts and materials, especially semiconductors, and soaring raw material prices, we will be keeping a close eye on the trends in the fourth quarter (October-December).
On the other hand, in the area of M&A, which is one of the company's core strategies, following the acquisition of SanritzAutomation in the previous fiscal year, the company acquired Mitsu Tec as a group this fiscal year. As the company works to change its business model from " mono-selling to multi-selling," it will be interesting to see if it can quickly generate synergies in the IA business (FA and MVL related).

 

 

<Reference1: Medium-Term Business Plan>

1 Medium-term Managerial Goals

Under its business philosophy, “We aim to become a corporate group full of Venture Spirit!” OPTEX GROUP is taking on another challenge to generate sales of 50 billion yen in the fiscal year ending December 2023.
It revised the full-year business forecast for the fiscal year ending December 2021 upward, delivering a business performance stronger than the initial forecast. The company strives to achieve sales of 50 billion yen, a goal set for the final fiscal year, ahead of schedule.

 

 

2 Three Pillars of Management Strategy

In order to achieve the goals of the medium-term management plan, it is necessary to further strengthen the group management, and the company has positioned "Business Gowth," "Strengthening Manufacturing Systems," and "Strengthening the Management System" as the three pillars of management strategy.

 

① Business Growth -Evolution of business model, M&A strategy-
We will pursue sales and profit growth through a three-tiered structure: further growth of existing businesses (SS and IA businesses), growth through evolution of the business model from the sale of products to the sale of solutions and services, and acceleration of growth through M&A, etc.In the "Growth through evolution of business model from mono-selling to multi-selling", the following initiatives will be promoted in the SS and IA businesses.

 

*SS Business:Security Sensor segment
The company will expand sales of its image verification solutions in the United States and Europe. It will provide not only sensors but systems as well.

 

*SS Business: Automatic Door Sensor Segment
The company will expand its Data Service Business using its advantage of occupying 50% of the domestic market.
The company launched a sharing service, OMNICITY, in February of this year.

 

(Taken from the reference material of the company)

 

(Taken from the reference material of the company)

 

*IA Business:FA segment
The company will further promote cooperation with SICK AG, the world’s leading sensor manufacturer.

(Taken from the reference material of the company)

 

*IA Business (Machine Vision Lighting (MVL) segment)
The company proposes comprehensive solutions by using AI and robots to cultivate data in the field of visual inspection that is currently performed with the human eye.

(Taken from the reference material of the company)

 

② Strengthening Manufacturing System — Cost reduction through group synergy
In June 2021, the company placed the engineering department, the research and development department, the production department, and the quality assurance department of OPTEX MFG CO., LTD., and CCS Inc. in the same location.
While OPTEX MFG engages primarily in providing mass-produced products by manufacturing sensors for security, automatic doors, and factory automation, CCS mainly offers custom-made products by manufacturing LED lights for image inspection.
Taking advantage of the difference in the product characteristics between the two companies, OPTEX GROUP shares their know-how and implements measures for improving quality, cost, delivery (QCD), such as reduction of the cost of parts and processing costs.

 

③ Strengthening the Management System — Improvement of the unifying power as the holding company
The holding company OPTEX GROUP will serves as a control tower to conduct business operations that will further raise the corporate value when they are carried out from a group-wide viewpoint among the operations conventionally run by each of the group companies.
Starting off with adopting a cash management system (CMS), the company aims to cut down on cost by integrating indirect operations through adoption of shared services.
It will also enhance its group management structure by focusing on understanding the group-wide business conditions, strengthening the strategic planning functions and management power, and minimizing risks.

 

OPTEX GROUP aims to continuously achieve management indexes such as a sales growth rate of over 10%, a rate of operating profit on sales of over 15%, and a return on equity (ROE) of over 10%, which it has considered to be important, by enhancing management capabilities.
Giving a particular focus to one of the indexes, a rate of operating profit on sales of over 15%, the company projects that the cost of goods sold and the SG&A ratio will account for 45% and 40%, respectively, of the total cost.

 

<Reference2: Regarding Corporate Governance>

◎Organization type, and the composition of directors and auditors

Organization type

Company with audit and supervisory committee

Directors

11directors, including 4 outside ones

 

◎Corporate Governance ReportThe latest revision date: March 26, 2021

 

<Fundamental concept>
As the Group, we recognize that it is our greatest mission to continuously improve corporate value while earning the trust of our shareholders, investors, customers and society. To practice it, we consider enhancement of the corporate governance as one of important management tasks and aim to improve the transparency of management, maintain management systems accompanying fair and prompt decision making and strengthen management monitoring function.

 

<Reasons for Non-compliance with the Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>
The company has implemented all of the principles of the Governance Code.

 

<Disclosure Based on the Principles of the Corporate Governance Code (Excerpts)>

Principle

Items to be disclosed

Principle 1-4 Cross-Shareholdings

Only if the Company deems it to be strategically conducive to the enhancement of business relationships and

increased corporate value for the Group will it acquire shares for cross-shareholding upon discussions and

resolutions of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Company examines the significance of cross-shareholdings

at a meeting of the Board of Directors every year. If the Company determines it to be rationally

pointless to hold certain shares in light of the intended objectives of cross-shareholding, it will sell them in

consideration of market trends, etc., thereby endeavoring to reduce such holdings.

Listed shares currently held by the Company: One stock amounting to 55 million yen

(amount recorded on the balance sheet)

With regard to exercising the voting rights it holds, the Company approves or disapproves shareholder

proposals based on comprehensive judgment by examining each agenda item individually according to its

criteria for exercising voting rights and by taking into consideration whether or not the proposed motion will

contribute to the sustained growth of the subject company and the enhancement of corporate value thereof

and whether or not the proposed motion will cause significant damage to shareholder value.

Principle 5-1 Policy for the constructive dialogues with shareholders

To facilitate proactive and constructive dialogue with shareholders, the Company has established a public relations/ IR section

and endeavors to provide clear explanations of the Company’s management policy and management situation.

In addition, the representative director, president, officer in charge, and public relations/IR personnel systematically hold briefings for institutional investors and briefings

for individual investors and field requests for interviews from institutional investors.

Moreover, the ordinary general meetings of shareholders are held on Saturdays to ensure the attendance of a

wide range of shareholders, and these meetings are followed by briefings for shareholders and social

gatherings for shareholders to ensure that they understand the Company’s policies for the future.

Note: At the 42nd Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, the Company cancelled the social gathering for

shareholders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

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