Showa Denko believes disclosure and investor relations play vital roles in deepening shareholder and investor understanding of our approach to various issues, including corporate management, business activities, and strategy, helping these stakeholders accurately assess our corporate value. Our information disclosure measures are based on the following policies:
■ Outline of the basic policies:
- 1.We seek to communicate proactively with shareholders and investors and to improve management transparency.
- 2.We strive to disclose information concerning Showa Denko in a clear, fair, timely, and accurate manner to deepen understanding of and trust in our company.
Activities in 2015
We communicated with shareholders and investors through various means as explained below.
Showa Denko holds its regular general meeting of shareholders in late March every year. In 2015, in addition to invitations mailed out about three weeks before the meeting, we also published all the necessary details on our website to ensure shareholders had sufficient time to consider the agenda items. In order for more shareholders to exercise their voting rights, we enabled the shareholders who were not able to attend the meeting to exercise their votes by means of mail or the Internet.
During the meeting, we explained the business outlook and the Medium-term Business Plan and answered questions from shareholders in as clear and intelligible manner as possible. We also provided a display space to introduce some of the Group’s products and technologies.
Communicating with institutional investors and shareholder
For institutional investors and securities analysts in Japan, in addition to meeting them individually upon request, we also held briefings and online conferences to explain financial results as well as meetings to keep them updated on the progress of the business plan and main businesses. In December 2015, when the new Medium-term Business Plan Project 2020+ was announced, we actively contacted institutional investors and securities analysts both in and outside Japan to explain the details of the plan.
For institutional investors and shareholders outside Japan, financial results reports and other materials prepared in English were provided, while the president and/or members of the management team visited Europe, North America, and Asia several times during the year to explain in person the financial results and the business plan.
For individual investors, we participated in events organized for individual investors, as part of which we held seminars on our businesses and business plan and exhibited our products.
Provision of IR information through our website
The information provided on the IR site included press releases, financial results summaries, and other materials disclosed in a timely manner; graphs of the main financial and performance indexes selected freely by each shareholder and investor; and real-time share price data. We also ensured that investors outside Japan were kept updated on our business via the English IR site, which has almost the same composition as the Japanese IR site, providing financial results summaries and other materials in English promptly after their disclosure.
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