Chori’s Issue 3 – Cross share-holdings | Increase both Chori’s and Toray’s shareholders’ value
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What we hope Tosho to improve the shareholders’ value as a shareholder are
1) Increase the value of the overall Toray Group by increasing shareholder value of Chori and
2) Improve corporate governance

Chori’s Issue 3 – Cross share-holdings

 As of FY2018 (19/03 in below chart), Chori stated they held 3.98 billion yen of cross share-holdings of which just less than half, 1.8 billion yen, was in Wacoal Holdings Corp. (“Wacoal”).

(Source:QUICK Astra Manager)

 Strategic Capital had an opportunity to meet with Wacoal on June 2015, where we asked them their view on the disposal of Wacoal shares held by Chori. The response is as follows:

 “In the past, we asked them to hold for strategic reasons but we have no issue with them selling it now and even if they were to sell, it would not impact our dealings with them”.

 This was communicated to Chori but they have stubbornly decided to continue holdings the shares during the board of directors meeting as they believe “there is purpose in maintaining and expanding transactions” with Wacoal.

 In their Corporate Governance Report, Chori advocates the following policies regarding holding and reducing cross-shareholdings.

Policy on holding and reducing strategically held shares
The Company and its subsidiaries may acquire and hold shares in listed companies for the purpose of maintaining, expanding and sustaining their business. At that time, the department to be in charge of the acquisition is determined and the management status and profitability of the investment is considered with the decision on whether to acquire being determined by the Board of Directors. In addition, the significance of holding the shares is discussed annually and those that are determined to no longer serve a purpose are considered for reduction or selling entirely.

Source:6/18/2019 Corporate Governance report

 First, deals are something that should be acquired on the “strength” of products or services so we find it difficult to understand why Chori, through holding the strategic shareholding, business will be sustained and expanded.

 Also, even assuming that cross-shareholdings will contribute to “maintaining and expanding transactions”, we struggle to understand Chori’s rationale to hold shares where we have already determined, “would not impact (Wacoal’s) dealings with them”

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