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Kyoritsu Maintenance (9616)
Chairman Haruhisa Ishizuka
Chairman
Haruhisa Ishizuka
President Mitsutaka Sato
President
Mitsutaka Sato
 
Corporate Profile
Company
Kyoritsu Maintenance Co., Ltd.
Code No.
9616
Exchange
TSE 1st Section
Chairman
Haruhisa Ishizuka
President
Mitsutaka Sato
HQ Address
Soto Kanda 2-18-8, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Year-end
March
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Stock Information
Share Price Shares Outstanding (ex. Treasury Shares) Market Cap. ROE (actual) Trading Unit
¥1,467 14,364,644 shares ¥21.072 billion 3.5% 100 shares
DPS (Est.) Dividend Yield (Est.) EPS (Est.) PER (Est.) BPS (actual) PBR (actual)
¥38.00 2.6% ¥99.55 14.7x ¥2,099.90 0.70x
* Share price as of closing on January 11. Number of shares outstanding as of most recent quarter end, do not include treasury shares. ROE and BPS are calculated by using actual amounts during or at the end of the previous term.
 
Consolidated Earnings Trends
Fiscal Year Net Sales Operating Income Ordinary Income Net Income EPS Dividend
March 2008 75,606 4,492 4,167 2,740 ¥186.66 ¥38.00
March 2009 82,303 5,349 4,510 2,133 ¥148.49 ¥38.00
March 2010 84,513 4,033 3,012 1,254 ¥87.33 ¥38.00
March 2011 84,983 4,610 3,308 1,052 ¥73.29 ¥38.00
March 2012 Est. 92,000 4,850 3,500 1,430 ¥99.55 ¥38.00
* Estimates are those of the Company.
 
This Bridge Report presents Kyoritsu Maintenance' s earnings results for the first half of fiscal year March 2012.
 
Key Points
 
 
Company Overview
 
Kyoritsu Maintenance bases its management policy upon the concept of "contributing to a broad based development of society through the provision of healthy food and comfortable living services in various stages of life." In its dormitory business, Kyoritsu seeks to provide modern versions of the "traditional Japanese boarding house" (Geshukuya - Traditional Japanese dormitories that also provide food services). Its hotel business segment can be divided into the business hotel operations where "large hot spring type bathing facilities" and "good tasting breakfast menus" developed in its dormitory business are provided, and resort hotel operations where "reasonable and high quality resort lifestyles" are provided. Kyoritsu also provides various services including building maintenance for both residential and office buildings, building rental and leasing services, consigned operations of parking lot and other services in its contracted services business segment. In its food service business, restaurant operations and outsourced food facility management services are provided. Furthermore Kyoritsu is using its overwhelmingly strong brand recognition to maintain its position as the leader within the dormitory business, and to cultivate and accelerate growth in its hotel business.
 
 
 
 
First Half Fiscal Year March 2012 Earnings Results
 
 
Sales and Ordinary Income Rise 2.4% and 17.1%
Sales rose by 2.4% year-over-year to ¥43.83 billion yen during the first half of the current term. The successful results of a business structure reform project allowed the dormitory business to trend favorably, business hotels to see high occupancy rates surpassing previous year' s levels, and resort hotels to see a rapid recovery in occupancy rates from Golden Week onwards. With the exception of the construction business, which normally sees a seasonal concentration of work in the second half of the fiscal year, all of Kyoritsu' s other businesses also recorded sales growth. With regards to profits, the launch of the "Public Kyoritsu Partnership" business (PKP: Jointly conducted consigned services business for regional government bodies) led to higher anticipatory investments (Caused profits to fall by ¥170 million), but higher occupancy rates and contributions from hotels opened during the previous term allowed profits of the hotel business segment to grow. Also increases in marginal profitability and contributions from increased fees from new large corporate dormitory contracts allowed profits of the dormitory business segment to grow. Consequently operating income rose by 18.0% year-over-year to ¥3.35 billion. While ¥250 million in valuation losses on marketable securities contributed to ¥360 million in total extraordinary losses, the disappearance of ¥690 million in losses resulting from the implementation of asset retirement obligation accounting in the previous term and ¥120 million in extraordinary income from the sale of fixed assets allowed extraordinary income to improve and net income to grow by a large margin. Capital investments rose by 56.7% year-over-year to ¥2.56 billion, while depreciation fell by 21.7% year-over-year to ¥1.66 billion.

Furthermore, profits also exceeded estimates by a large margin due primarily to favorable trends in Kyoritsu' s hotel business. The business hotel operations, which saw higher than expected occupancy rates, contributed ¥250 million in profits, and the resort hotel operations, which saw a rapid recovery in occupancy rates from Golden Week onwards (During Golden Week, 8 of 18 facilities recorded 100% occupancy rates, and overall occupancy rates rose to 95.5% from 90.3% in the same period of the previous term.), contributed ¥500 million in profits, both exceeding expectations. In addition, the dormitory business and construction business segments saw larger than expected reductions in costs.
 
 (2) Business Segment Trends
 
Dormitory Business
Sales and operating income rose by 1.6% and 2.4% year-over-year to ¥20.06 and ¥3.03 billion respectively. While cancelations of dormitory rooms by students from the earthquake affected regions arose, occupancy rates got off to a strong start by rising 2.4% points from the same period in the previous term to 95.3% at the start of the year. Furthermore fees from new contracts for new employee training facilities and for foreign student dormitories also boosted earnings. At the end of the first half of the current term, the number of contracted residents rose by 913 from same period in the previous term to 28,702.
 
 
Hotel Business
Sales and operating income rose by 7.0% and 71.1% year-over-year to ¥16.97 and ¥1.27 billion respectively. The hotel business segment can be divided between the Dormy Inn (Business hotels) and resort hotel operations. During the first half occupancy rates at existing Dormy Inn facilities, which benefitted from earthquake disaster recovery related demand, exceeded the previous year' s levels. Specifically, strong improvements in occupancy rates were recorded at business hotel facilities in the earthquake affected Tohoku regions (Occupancy rates at Sendai Main rose from 76.8% to 97.3%, Sendai Annex from 82.3% to 97.4%, Sendai Station Front from 85.1% to 98.7%, and Koriyama from 78.1% to 88.7%). Furthermore, resort hotel operations, which had been negatively impacted by weaker demand due to restraint in travel in the wake of the earthquake, saw a rapid recovery in occupancy rates beginning in the Golden Week Holiday in early May with high levels of occupancy rates continuing throughout the peak summer resort demand season. During the first half of the current term, three new Dormy Inn facilities were opened ( "Natural Hot Spring Fugaku no Yu, Dormy Inn Mishima," "Natural Hot Spring Shirasagi no Yu, Dormy Inn Himeji," and "Natural Hot Spring Sodeminato, Dormy Inn PREMIUM Hakata Canal City Front" ).
 
 
Other Businesses (Contracted Services, Food Services, Construction, Other)
In the contracted services business, improvements in occupancy rates in consigned building rental services contributed to higher sales and profits. And while profitability in the construction business improved, anticipatory investments of ¥170 million arising from the new PKP business led to a decline in profits. At the same time, weak demand and intensified pricing competition led to losses in the food services business.
 
 (3) Financial Conditions and Cash Flow
 
Total assets declined by ¥18.15 billion from the end of the previous term to ¥123.16 billion at the end of the first half. Growth in receivables arising from higher sales, increases in inventories due to a rise in real estate for sale (Growing from ¥1.08 to ¥2.38 billion) for development projects expected to be completed during the second half, and declines in tangible fixed assets due to the sale of self-owned properties to REITs were noted during the first half. Contraction in the overall size of the balance sheet was achieved through the use of funds recovered and cash on hand to reduce interest bearing liabilities. Consequently net asset ratio improved by 3.9% points to 25.2% at the end of the first half from 21.3% at the end of the previous term.
 
 
With regards to cash flow, an increase in operating capital caused the net outflow in operating cash flow grow by a large margin during the first half. At the same time the sale of tangible fixed assets and declines in security and other deposits led to a contraction in the net outflow in investing cash flow. Free cash flow saw a marginal rise in the net outflow to ¥3.64 billion. Financing cash flow turned from a net inflow in the previous term to a large net outflow in the current first half due primarily to reductions in interest bearing liabilities. Consequently cash and equivalents declined by ¥17.85 billion from the end of the previous term to ¥9.04 billion at the end of the first half.
 
 
Fiscal Year March 2012 Earnings Estimates
 
 
FY3/12 Earnings Estimates Remain Unchanged, Sales and Ordinary Income Expected to Rise by 8.3% and 5.8%
While earnings during the first half exceeded estimates, Kyoritsu has decided to maintain its outstanding earnings estimates due to "various uncertainties including potential increases in food material costs and public utility fees." Consequently sales are expected to rise by 8.3% year-over-year to ¥92.0 billion. The contribution from increased revenues arising from revisions in rent schedules in the contracted services business, and from the new PKP business are expected to allow other business sales to rise by 12.9% year-over-year. At the same time the dormitory and hotel business segments are expected to also trend favorably and grow by 3.3% and 5.0% year-over-year respectively. And while the factoring in of higher food material costs and utility fees are expected to contribute to increases in the ratio of cost of goods sold, and selling, general and administrative costs to sales, the higher level of sales are expected to offset these factors. Consequently operating income is expected to grow by 5.2% year-over-year to ¥4.85 billion. Capital investments are expected to rise by 54.8% year-over-year to ¥4.7 billion and depreciation to fall by 15.8% year-over-year to ¥3.6 billion. A yearend dividend of ¥19 is expected to be paid (Combined with the interim dividend for a total full year dividend of ¥38.).
 
 
 
New Midterm Business Plan: "Kyoritsu Value Up Plan!"
(From FY3/12 to FY3/16)
 
 (1) New Midterm Business Plan Highlights
 
Earnings had been negatively impacted by deterioration in occupancy rates at dormitories and by investment costs for the hotel business. However the New Midterm Business Plan calls for a review of the dormitory business and a recovery of investments in the hotel business, in addition to the cultivation of a new business as the third cornerstone of Kyoritsu' s business and the fortification of its management structure. And during the final year of the Plan in fiscal year March 2016, Kyoritsu has established sales and operating, ordinary, and net income targets of ¥135.0, ¥11.0, ¥9.0, and ¥4.5 billion respectively. In order to achieve these targets, Kyoritsu will implement measures including reforms of its dormitory business, new growth strategies, acceleration of the expansion in the hotel business during its investment recovery phase, cultivation of the third cornerstone of business, and training and optimized allocation of human resources.
 
 (2) Growth Strategy Targets
 
Kyoritsu will fine tune its facility development activities to accurately match the needs of corporate clients and in consideration of locations of academic institutions to which it provides services. At the same time, the Company will promote a "scrap and build" strategy that takes the various conditions of each facility into consideration. Furthermore, Kyoritsu will increase the number of contracted rooms of its Domeal facilities by introducing a new product called "High Domeal" (3,000 rooms are called for by the Plan) to capture the strong demand for studio type condominiums, and establish a new service called "Dormy Club" to provide residents with job search information called "+α" in addition to the provision of traditional services of "food" and "living facilities."
 
 
In the business hotel operations, facilities will be reorganized into "STANDARD," "PREMIUM," "EXPRESS," and "WEEKLY" brand categories according to the various conditions at each facility, including their location. Also service and quality levels will be standardized within each brand category to extract the maximum potential of each facility. In addition, Kyoritsu will endeavor to capture demand in the high growth Asian markets to accelerate its overall growth, and conduct activities to raise the recognition of its various brands on a global basis. At the same time, the Company seeks to raise customer satisfaction by providing "positive surprises" that exceed customers' expectations to capture repeat business in the resort hotel business. Kyoritsu will also implement measures to raise the average spend per customer and the productivity of labor in order to drastically improve its earnings structure.
 
 
Public Kyoritsu Partnership (PKP) Business Prospects
The potential market for services that could be outsourced by 1,700 regional government bodies nationwide to private companies is estimated to be worth ¥2 trillion. Furthermore these regional government bodies currently retain 100,000 full time and 500,000 part time workers. Regional government bodies are now considering various means of reducing their operational costs (Including the reduction of staff numbers, facilitation of regional transportation networks, and facilitation or abandonment of third sector projects and public corporations), and Kyoritsu will provide services to match the needs of nationwide municipalities with populations of less than 300,000 for "comprehensive consignment" and municipalities with populations of over 300,000 for "large projects" and "partial consignment."

The basic strategy for the PKP business is to provide integrated consigned services ranging from institutional design to operational consignment. It also covers the comprehensive consigned operations of transportation vehicles and other various operations. Kyoritsu expects the range of consigned services to include facility operation management (Including school cafeterias, libraries and other facilities), transportation vehicle operation management (School busses, government owned vehicles, and others), and regional facilities operation support (Public hot spring baths, lodging facilities and others).
 
Track Record as of November 30, 2011
Kyoritsu' s consigned service track record includes work outsourced from 14 regional government bodies (Including comprehensive consigned services contracts with 2 regional government bodies: Yubetsucho, Hokkaido and Hidakagawacho, Wakayama)
Consigned facility numbers: 36 facilities, 357 vehicles and staff
 
 
 (3) New Midterm Business Plan Numerical Targets and Assumptions
 
 
 
 
Conclusions
 
The "sale and lease back" of facilities owned by Kyoritsu to REITs to reduce tangible fixed assets carried on the balance sheet was nearly completed during the first half and contributed to improvements in Kyoritsu' s financial strategy with a 17% year-over-year reduction in interest bearing liabilities. Furthermore, Kyoritsu is now entering the recovery phase of its aggressive investments made during the past several years to expand the number of facilities in its business and resort hotel operations, and profitability in the hotel business is expected to improve dramatically. Against this backdrop, efforts to fortify both of the main businesses of dormitories and hotels will be undertaken as part of the New Midterm Business Plan, which was started in the current term, in addition to overseas deployment of the hotel business and the cultivation of the PKP business leveraging knowhow accumulated in existing operations. The PKP business is off to a good start with sales expected to reach ¥1.0 billion in the current term, and expected to grow to ¥3.4 billion and achieve profitability on a facility by facility basis (Not considering Group wide expenses) in fiscal year March 2013. While sales of PKP are expected to rise by ¥2.4 billion in fiscal year March 2013, official orders are expected to be determined as customers decide upon their consigned work budgets at the end of the current fiscal year.

In the future, earnings are expected to expand on the back of growth through newly developed dormitory facilities, the implementation of a scrap and build strategy for existing facilities, and the start of the recovery phase of investments in the hotel business. Kyoritsu appears to have returned to its previous course of strong growth given the favorable start of the PKP business, its progress in cultivating other new businesses, and the impending start of its overseas expansion of its hotel business.
 
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