2015 ANNUAL REPORTYear ended March 31, 2015
KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. (Koito) is grateful to have celebrated its 100th
anniversary in business in April 2015 after having consistently led the industry in
automotive lighting since its establishment in 1915.
Today, our lighting is used in various forms of applications worldwide in a wide
range of fields. These include transportation, such as automobiles, aviation, railways
and shipping, and traffic systems. In all these areas, the Koito Groups lighting is
making contributions to safety.
Our products and technologies underpin our commitment to the slogan, Lighting
for Your Safety.
P01 ......................... TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORSP02 ......................... FINANCIAL OVERVIEW AND MEDIUM-TERM OUTLOOKP05 ......................... OPERATIONS BY REGION AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
P12 ......................... RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTP14 ......................... SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIESP16 ......................... CORPORATE GOVERNANCEP18 ......................... BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AUDITORS AND CORPORATE OFFICERSP19 ......................... FINANCIAL SECTIONP40 ......................... CORPORATE INFORMATIONP41 ......................... CORPORATE DIRECTORYP42 ......................... GLOBAL NETWORK
DISCLAIMER WITH RESPECT TO FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis annual report contains forward-looking statements concerning KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. and its consolidated subsidiaries future
plans, strategies and performance. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts; rather they represent assumptions and beliefs based
on economic, financial and competitive data currently available. Furthermore, they are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including,
but not limited to, economic conditions, worldwide competition in the automotive industry, market trends, foreign currency exchange rates, tax
rules, regulations and other factors. Koito therefore wishes to caution readers that actual results may differ materially from our expectations.
In order to ensure fair disclosure, Koito publishes annual reports in Japanese in addition to English annual reports. A certified public accountant
reviews the financial sections of Koitos Japanese annual reports to ensure consistency in presentation between the Japanese and English versions.
We hope the information presented in this annual report serves to deepen your understanding of Koito.
Masahiro OtakeChairman and CEO
This April, Koito celebrated its 100th anniversary. We would like to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to shareholders and all other stakeholders for their magnificent support and understanding over the years. We assure you of our willingness to endeavor for further growth in our business operations and would kindly ask for your continuing support and guidance.
During fiscal 2015, the period under review ended March 31, 2015, domestic production volume in the Japanese auto industry declined year on year, primarily due to sluggish sales following an increase in Japans consumption tax rate and a shift away from exports to manufacturing overseas. Overseas, global production volume of automobiles increased year on year, driven by growth in demand particularly in North America, China and Europe.
The consolidated performance of the Koito Group for fiscal 2015 improved year on year due to stable operation in the main-stay automotive lighting equipment segment. As a result, net sales, operating income, recurring profit and net income marked the third consecutive year of record business performance.
Looking ahead at the automotive industry, global automobile production is expected to expand, mainly driven by growing demand in the U.S., even as production volume in Japan continues to decrease and a further shift away from exports to manufacturing overseas.
In the face of these conditions, for the purpose of sales expansion of automotive lighting equipment in the mid- and
long-term perspective, the Koito Group is working to reinforce its production capacity and strengthen its product development capability around the five major regions of the world (Japan, North America, Europe, China, and Asia). In September 2014, a new plant of North American Lighting Mexico, S.A. de C.V. commenced operation, and in the same month, a new subsidiary called Hubei Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. was established in China, with production scheduled to start in June 2016.
With a view to expanding market share, the Koito Group will continue to strive to win orders, expand its production capacity, boost productivity, enhance its mutually complementary supply network and structure, build business systems that can quickly respond to environmental changes, and promote compliance and corporate governance to establish a reliable corporation.
The Koito Group, with our corporate message Lighting for Your Safety, aims to contribute to building a safer and more comfortable society by developing our products in automotive lighting equipment business as its core.
As a leading automotive lighting equipment manufacturer, we will continue to pursue the newest and best technologies, improve the performance and quality of our products, raise the ability and skill of our employees, and always stay true to our basic stance to adopt the perspective of customers to supply products and services that meet their expectations. We would greatly appreciate your continued understanding and support.
TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORS
Hiroshi MiharaPresident and COO
012015 ANNUAL REPORT
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW AND MEDIUM-TERM OUTLOOK
Fiscal 2015 Results
During fiscal 2015, some signs brightened in the Japanese economy as a result of the governments economic stimulus measures and upsides such as lower crude oil prices. This was despite negative growth caused for instance by personal con-sumption falling in reaction to an increase in Japans consump-tion tax and import prices rising as a consequence of the yen depreciating abruptly. Meanwhile the global economy strength-ened for the most part, as conditions picked up in the U.S. and were restored in Europe, despite deceleration in the Chinese economy and geopolitical risks such as conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine.
In the auto industry, production volume in Japan decreased year on year due to sluggish sales brought on by the hike in the consumption tax and a shift away from exports to manufacturing overseas. Overseas, growth in demand mainly from North America, China, and Europe drove global production volume to increase year on year.
In this climate, the Koito Group reported consolidated net sales of 706.4 billion, up 18.2% year on year, due to significant sales growth in the mainstay automotive lighting equipment seg-ment. On the earnings front, operating income was 64.1 bil-lion, up 29.6% year on year. The gain was mainly attributable to revenues rising in Japan, as well as the other segments of North America, China, Asia and Europe, and contributions from the
full-fledged operation of a new plant overseas. Recurring profit increased 28.9% to 66.8 billion.
Net income amounted to 36.0 billion, up 68.7% year on year, marking the third consecutive year of record earnings. In addition to rising revenues, the increase was mainly attributable to the absence of an extraordinary loss in relation to the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade posted in the previous fiscal year.
At the end of the second quarter of the fiscal year under review, Koito paid a dividend of 14 per share to shareholders. Koito paid a year-end dividend of 16 per share, 2 per share higher than in the previous fiscal year. This increase reflects the Companys recordhigh results in terms of net sales, operating income, recurring profit, and net income.
In addition to ordinary dividends, Koito paid a commemora-tive dividend of 10 per share to mark its 100th anniversary of foundation in April 2015 and to show its appreciation for the support shareholders have shown over the years.
As a result, in combination of the commemorative dividend, interim dividend, and year-end dividend of 26 per share, Koitos full-year dividend increased 14 from the previous fiscal year to 40 per share.
Looking ahead, we will continue our efforts to achieve even higher earnings to meet the expectations of all shareholders.
Masahiro OtakeChairman and CEO
02 KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
Millions of yen (except per share amounts)
Thousands of U.S. dollars
(except per share amounts)
2013 2014 2015 2015
Annual:Net sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472,843 597,502 706,470 $5,878,921Operating income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,668 49,506 64,155 533,868Net income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,625 21,378 36,060 300,074Per share (yen and U.S. dollars):Net income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103.46 133.04 224.41 $ 1.87Year-end:Total assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418,087 483,093 575,268 $4,787,118Total equity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218,131 256,072 316,826 2,636,481Notes: 1. Amounts in U.S. dollars are translated from yen, for convenience only, at the rate of 120.17 = US$1, the rate prevailing on March 31, 2015. 2. The above total equity includes noncontrolling inter