KOKUBU & CO., LTD. ("Kokubu"), a leading Japanese food wholesaler, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") have agreed in principle to enter into an equity alliance in wholesale businesses of foods and liquor in Hokkaido area, Japan. Detailed information is as follows.
Kokubu, MITSUI FOODS CO., LTD. ("MITSUI FOODS"), and Mitsui have been continuing discussions seeking for the optimum business alliance formation among the three companies based on a strategic alliance agreement signed in last April. Parties have reached an agreement where Mitsui shall consolidate its food and liquor wholesale subsidiaries in the Hokkaido area, and then Kokubu shall make an equity participation into such consolidated organization.
Through this equity participation Kokubu and its wholesale subsidiaries ("Kokubu Group"), who will have the largest wholesale market share of foods and liquor in Hokkaido, will seek to offer various functions and competitive pricing to customers.
2. Outline and schedule of the equity alliance
1) Hokushuren Co., Ltd. ("Hokushuren"), a foods and liquor wholesale subsidiary of Mitsui, will restructure its capital structure by combining capital reduction and allocation of new shares to Mitsui.
2) MITSUI FOODS will transfer major part of its businesses of its Hokkaido Branch to Hokushuren by the end of September 2007.
3) Kokubu will purchase 70 percent of Hokushuren shares from Mitsui on October 1, 2007, with the purchase price to be determined later.
Kokubu and Mitsui will make every effort to implement this reorganization, together with these two subsidiaries of Mitsui.
Kokubu and Mitsui will also seek for further effort to improve the quality of service provided to customers, including business combinations or integration of distribution bases and IT system among Hokushuren and other Kokubu Group companies in Hokkaido area.
3. Outline of Mitsui's food and liquor wholesale subsidiaries in Hokkaido area
||Hokushuen, Co., Ltd
||MITSUI FOODS CO., LTD
|Address of Head Office
||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
||Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
(Hokkaido Branch: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan)
||1,639 million yen
||12,031 million yen
|Sales (Year ended March 2006)
||69.7 billion yen
||542.3 billion yen
(Hokkaido Branch: 51.8 billion yen)
||Wholesale of liquor and foods
||Wholesale of foods and beverages
|Major Shareholders (As of September 2006)
4. Impact on Mitsui's consolidated financial results
The impact of this integration and capital affiliation on Mitsui's consolidated financial results is insignificant.
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