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[Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.]Strategic Joint Business in Leasing and Auto Leasing Businessesbetween Sumitomo Corporation Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group(1/1)

October 13, 2006

To whom it may concern:

 

 

Sumitomo Corporation

(Code No. 8053)

Sumisho Lease Co., Ltd.

(Code No. 8592)

Sumisho Auto Leasing Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

(Code No. 8316)

SMBC Leasing Company, Limited

SMBC Auto Leasing Company, Limited

 

 

 

Strategic Joint Business in Leasing and Auto Leasing Businesses

between Sumitomo Corporation Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

 

 

l        Sumitomo Corporation (hereinafter referred to as gSCh; Mr. Motoyuki Oka, President and CEO);

l        Sumisho Lease Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as gSumisho Leaseh; Mr. Hideki Yamane, President);

l        Sumisho Auto Leasing Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SC (hereinafter referred to as gSumisho Auto Leaseh; Mr. Hironori Kato, President);  

l        Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as gSMFGh; Mr. Teisuke Kitayama, President),

l        SMBC Leasing Company, Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SMFG (hereinafter referred to as gSMBC Leasingh; Mr. Koji Ishida, President); and

l        SMBC Auto Leasing Company, Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SMBC Leasing  (hereinafter referred to as gSMBC Auto Leasingh; Mr. Sumio Saito, President),

 

today announced that they have reached a basic agreement to pursue strategic joint businesses in leasing and auto leasing, summarized as follows:

 

 

1.Strategic Joint Business in Leasing and Auto Leasing Businesses

 

The domestic leasing market, which makes up about 10 percent of the private-sector capital spending, has been expanding among large as well as small-to-medium companies due to increase in capital spending sustained by their improvements in business performance, and the market size has reached 8 trillion yen.  As for the domestic auto leasing market, the number of automobiles held for leasing purposes still only makes up less than 4 percent of the total number of automobiles in Japan, and therefore further growth of the auto leasing market is expected as Japanese corporations become more interested in improving efficiency. On the other hand, there are uncertainties in both markets, such as the concerns about rising interest rates and modifications of the accounting standard for leasing.

 

 

Given these circumstances, the Sumitomo Corporation Group and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group agreed to position their leasing and auto leasing businesses as strategic joint business and to jointly aim to establish the best leasing and auto leasing businesses in Japan through the merger of SMBC Leasing and Sumisho Lease, and the merger of Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBC Auto Leasing.   Sumisho Lease and Sumisho Auto Lease, utilizing various value chain of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, have unique customer base and know-how.  On the other hand, SMBC Leasing and SMBC Auto Leasing, leveraging capabilities of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group to provide financial solutions, have different customer base and know-how.  These mergers will enable two groups to combine different customer base and know-how of each group.

 

In merging SMBC Leasing and Sumisho Lease, and also in merging Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBC Auto Leasing, we will make it a basic policy to provide our customers with value-added products and services by recognizing each other as best partners and pursuing best practices (such as thorough fairness, transparency, and a merit system) under mutual respect and spirit of cooperation, and aim for the early realization thereof.  In addition, SC and SMFG will fully cooperate as parent companies, and will render assistance to the fullest extent for the development of both businesses.

 

 

2.Summary of Strategic Joint Business

 

(1)    Joint Business in the Leasing Business (Merger of SMBC Leasing and Sumisho Lease)

 

        (i)   Goal

 

E    Achieving the highest volume of leases being handled in Japan through diversification of the types of leases being handled, etc., based on the high-quality customer bases of both the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Groupand the Sumitomo Corporation Group.

E    Creating a high quality leasing company that can respond appropriately to market needs which are becoming increasingly sophisticated, by combining and blending the know-how of SMBC Leasing as a subsidiary of a financial institution and Sumisho Lease as a trading firmfs subsidiary, thereby promoting diversification and differentiation of products and providing more value-added products with freeing from the traditional approaches.

E    Creating a strong management culture to effectively adapt to environmental changes, by strengthening funding capabilities and by promoting management efficiency.

 

        (ii)  Form of Merger

 

SMBC Leasing and Sumisho Lease plan to merge on October 1, 2007 .  Before this merger, SC plans to acquire the shares of Sumisho Lease by the tender offer (the gTOBh).  If SC cannot acquire all outstanding shares of Sumisho Lease by the TOB (except for the shares of Sumisho Lease currently held by SC and Sumisho Leasefs treasury shares), SC plans to make Sumisho Lease its wholly-owned subsidiary by share exchange (gkabushiki kokanh) with cash as the consideration pursuant to Item 2, Paragraph 1, Article 768 of the Company Law.  In such TOB and share exchange, shares of Sumisho Lease will be delisted in accordance with the criteria for delisting securities on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange.  For details of the TOB and share exchange, please see the announcements separately made today by SC and Sumisho Lease.

 

Note: Each step will be conducted subject to the approvals at the general shareholdersf meetings of each party and/or of the relevant authorities, etc. under applicable laws and regulations.

 

(iii) Summary of New Leasing Company (Planned)

 

Business description:             General leasing business

Address of the head office:    9-4, 3-chome, Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Shareholder composition:      SMFG 55% (a consolidated subsidiary of SMFG)

                                                                          SC 45% (an equity-method affiliate company of SC)

Representative:                      Representative Chairman of the Board (Co-CEO)

                                             Mr. Hideki Yamane (current President of Sumisho Lease)

Representative President (Co-CEO)      

Mr. Koji Ishida (current President of SMBC Leasing)

 

Details of the merger such as the trade name and amount of capital, etc. will be determined prior to the execution of the merger agreement.

 

(iv) Summary of Accounting Treatment

 

The new leasing company is expected to become a consolidated subsidiary of SMFG and an equity-method affiliate company of SC.  This merger is an acquisition under the accounting standards for business combinations, and upon this merger taking effect, SMFG plans to recognize goodwill for purposes of its consolidated financial statements.  However, the amount to be recognized has not yet been determined at present.

 

(2)    Joint Business in the Auto Leasing Business (Merger of Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBC Auto Leasing)

 

        (i)   Goal

 

E    Winning a place in the auto leasing industry that is becoming increasingly competitive and establishing a structure aiming to be ranked number one with respect to the market share, based upon the high-quality customer bases of both the Sumitomo Corporation Group and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

E    Establishing a highly profitable company by combining high-value-added services based on Sumisho Auto Leasefs value chain and business network of SMBC Auto Leasing.

E    Achieving better customer satisfaction by combining and blending the know-how of Sumisho Auto Lease as a trading firmfs subsidiary and SMBC Auto Leasing as a subsidiary of a financial institution, thereby pursuing various services.

 

        (ii)  Form of Merger

 

Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBC Auto Leasing plan to merge on October 1, 2007 after making SMBC Auto Leasing a direct subsidiary of SMFG, which is subject to the approval at the general shareholdersf meetings and other requirements . ,

 

        (iii) Summary of New Auto Leasing Company (Planned)

 

Business description:                Leasing business of various automobiles

Address of the head office:      20-2, 3-chome, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Shareholder composition:        SC 60% (a consolidated subsidiary of SC)

                                             SMFG 40% (an equity-method affiliate company of SMFG)

Representative:                   Representative Chairman of the Board (Co-CEO)

                                                 Mr. Katsuyuki Shibabuki (the current Chairman of the Board of SMBC Auto Leasing)

Representative President (Co-CEO)  

Mr. Hironori Kato (the current President of Sumisho Auto Lease)

 

 

Mr. Sumio Saito, the current President of SMBC Auto Leasing is scheduled to become Representative Director, Vice President of the new auto leasing company.

 

Details of the merger such as the trade name and amount of capital, etc. will be determined prior to the execution of the merger agreement.

 

        (iv)Summary of Accounting Treatment

 

The new auto leasing company is expected to become a consolidated subsidiary of SC and an equity-method affiliate company of SMFG.  SC will apply the accounting standard under the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (gU.S. GAAPh).  However, the amount of goodwill, etc. has not been determined at present.

 

 

(3)    Business Cooperation

 

The Sumitomo Corporation Group and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group will engage in necessary business cooperation such as introducing customers and deals to the merged companies so as to jointly promote the leasing business and the auto leasing business, and they will develop the structure with which the merged companies can effectively and smoothly utilize customer bases and know-how of both the Sumitomo Corporation Group and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

 

 

3.System for Promoting Joint Business

 

For the purpose of smoothly implementing the joint business in leasing and auto leasing businesses, a gMerger Preparatory Committeeh will be established for each business.  The committee for the leasing business will be chaired by the presidents of SMBC Leasing and Sumisho Lease, and the one for the auto leasing business will be chaired by the presidents of Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBC Auto Leasing.  At the same time, separate subcommittees to discuss individual topics such as planning, financial accounting, human resource management, system development, etc. will be constituted under the gMerger Preparatory Committee.h  In addition, a merger preparatory office will be constituted in each of the four companies.

 

 


4. Schedule (Planned)

 

(1)    Leasing Business

 

October 13, 2006 (Today)   Signing of a letter of intent

October 31, 2006                 Commencement of the TOB of Sumisho Lease by SC

December 7, 2006                Completion of the TOB of Sumisho Lease by SC

May, 2007                           In case SC cannot acquire all the shares of Sumisho Lease:
     Execution of a share exchange agreement

 (SC and Sumisho Lease)

June, 2007                           Annual general meeting of shareholders to approve the share exchange (SC and Sumisho Lease)

 

                                            If the share exchange is deemed to be a simplified share exchange (gkanfi kabushiki kokanh) or a short-form share exchange (gryakushiki kabushiki kokanh), a resolution of approval by the general meeting of shareholders may not be needed.

July, 2007                             Delisting of shares of Sumisho Lease

August, 2007                        SC makes Sumisho Lease its wholly-owned subsidiary by the share exchange

August, 2007                        Extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to approve the merger (SMBCLeasing and Sumisho Lease)

October 1, 2007                   Merger of SMBCLeasing and Sumisho Lease

 

(2)    Auto Leasing Business

 

October 13, 2006 (Today)   Signing of a letter of intent

August, 2007                        Extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to approve the merger (Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBCAuto Leasing)

October 1, 2007                   Merger of Sumisho Auto Lease and SMBCAuto Leasing

 

SMFG plans to make SMBCAuto Leasing its wholly-owned subsidiary by acquiring all the shares of SMBCAuto Leasing from SMBC Leasing,prior tothe merger on October 1, 2007 .

 

The schedule above may be changed upon consultation among the parties upon unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5. Process of Integration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Business Forecast

                                                                                     

(1) SC:

 

The business forecast for the year ended march 31, 2007 is not revised as a result of this transaction.

 

(2) Sumisho Lease:

 

The business forecast for the year ended march 31, 2007 is not revised as a result of this transaction.

         

(3) SMFG:

 

The business forecast for the year ended march 31, 2007 is not revised as a result of this transaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.Corporate Profile of the Four Companies that are the Parties to the Management Integration (as of March 31, 2006 )

 

(1)         (1)               Leasing Business

 

Company Name

Sumisho Lease Co., Ltd.

SMBC Leasing Company, Limited

Representative

President

                    Hideki Yamane

President

                     Koji Ishida*

Location

5-33, Kitahama 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka

9-4, Nishi-Shimbashi 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Date of Incorporation

January 12, 1948

September 2, 1968

Main Business

General leasing business

General leasing business

Number of Employees

589

893

Capital

14,760 million Yen

82,600 million Yen

Total Number of Issued Shares

Common Stock

43,396 thousand shares

Common Stock

30,000 thousand shares

Preferred Stock

1,375 thousand shares

Amount of Shareholdersf Equity

106,670 million Yen

179,719 million Yen

Total Assets

1,163,734 million Yen

 

1,805,247 million Yen

 

Fiscal End

March 31

March 31

Principal Shareholders and Voting Right Ratio

Sumitomo Corporation

36.21%

STB Leasing Co., Ltd.

8.13%

SMFG     100%

Main Banks

The Sumitomo Trust and Banking  Company, Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking         Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking      Corporation

* Elected on June 29, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)         (2)               Auto Leasing Business

 

Company Name

Sumisho Auto Leasing Corporation

SMBC Auto Leasing Company, Limited

Representative

President

                    Hironori Kato

President

                    Sumio Saito

Location

20-2, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

13-12, Nihombashi Kayaba-cho 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Date of Incorporation

February 21, 1981

January 6, 1995

Main Business

Leasing business of various vehicles

Leasing business of various vehicles

Number of Employees

503

514

Capital

2,750 million Yen

4,200 million Yen

Total Number of Issued Shares

19,415 thousand shares

15 thousand shares

Amount of Shareholdersf Equity

33,845 million Yen

14,146 million Yen

Total Assets

167,541 million Yen

249,976 million Yen

Fiscal End

March 31

March 31

Principal Shareholders and Voting Right Ratio

Sumitomo Corporation

100%

SMBC Leasing Company,      Limited

100%

Main Banks

The Sumitomo Trust and Banking Company, Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.Business Results for the Most Recent Three Fiscal Years (Unit: Millions of Yen, except for per share data)

 

 

Sumisho Lease (Consolidated)

Fiscal Year Ended

March 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Net Sales

413,028

430,872

450,482

Operating Income

18,117

21,861

25,731

Ordinary Income

20,631

24,714

28,363

Net Income

12,321

15,158

17,080

Net Income Per Share

283.41 Yen

349.03 Yen

393.35 Yen

Cash Dividends Per Share

24.00 Yen

30.00 Yen

40.00 Yen

Shareholderfs Equity Per Share

1,760.54 Yen

2,072.10 Yen

2,727.32 Yen

 

 

SMBC Leasing (Non-Consolidated)

Fiscal Year Ended

March 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Net Sales

553,011

589,179

619,749

Operating Income

23,267

28,028

32,240

Ordinary Income

14,556

20,177

26,729

Net Income

6,314

12,476

17,560

Net Income Per Share

209.47 Yen

527.73 Yen

546.84 Yen

Cash Dividends Per Share: Common Stock

0.00 Yen

45.00 Yen

78.00 Yen

Shareholderfs Equity Per Share

1,863.51 Yen

3,437.32 Yen

4,118.81 Yen

 

 

Sumisho Auto Lease (Non-Consolidated)

Fiscal Year Ended

March 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Operating Revenues

85,804

91,643

95,282

Operating Income

7,781

9,139

7,904

Ordinary Income

7,858

9,141

7,931

Net Income

4,416

5,403

4,686

Net Income Per Share

226.73 Yen

276.44 Yen

239.89 Yen

Cash Dividends Per Share

24.00 Yen

26.00 Yen

26.00 Yen

Shareholderfs Equity Per Share

1,273.99 Yen

1,524.51 Yen

1,741.76 Yen

 


 

 

SMBC Auto Leasing (Non-Consolidated)

Fiscal Year Ended

March 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Operating Revenues

95,331

105,558

116,771

Operating Income

3,077

3,486

3,656

Ordinary Income

3,031

3,463

3,642

Net Income

1,694

1,539

1,795

Net Income Per Share

144,440.97 Yen

131,943.66 Yen

119,682.13 Yen

Cash Dividends Per Share: Common Stock

25,000.00 Yen

33,334.00 Yen

33,334.00 Yen

Shareholderfs Equity Per Share

450,425.89 Yen

853,790.53 Yen

943,114.03 Yen

 

 

(Contacts for inquiries about this matter)

 

Sumitomo Corporation

Public Relations Department                     Mr. Iba                       TEL: 03-5166-3089

 

Sumisho Lease Co., Ltd.

Business Planning Department                   Mr. Matsubayashi       TEL: 03-3515-1906

 

Sumisho Auto Leasing Corporation

Operation Department                              Mr. Oguma                 TEL: 03-5358-6388

 

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Public Relations Department                     Mr. Morishima            TEL: 03-5512-2678

 

SMBC Leasing Company, Limited

Planning Department                                 Mr. Hiratoko              TEL: 03-5404-2301

 

SMBC Auto Leasing Company, Limited

Management Planning Department            Mr. Hayashi                TEL: 03-3660-8200

End of Document

 

 

 

This press release contains information about future business prospects, etc. Please note that the information provided in this press release is based on the predictions of the management of the parties at the time of this press release and involves risks and uncertainties. The actual results may differ from what is disclosed here, subject to changes in business environment, etc. Furthermore, this press release is not made for the purpose of solicitation of any kind, domestic or foreign.

 

 




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