Epson and Sony Execute Agreement for the Transfer of All Equity in Epson Subsidiary to Sony Group
TOKYO, Japan, Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced they have executed an agreement for Sony (China) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, to acquire all of the equity of Suzhou Epson Co., Ltd. (“Suzhou Epson”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epson located in China that is engaged in small- and medium-sized TFT LCD production. (In this press release, Epson and its subsidiaries are collectively called the “Epson Group”, Sony and its subsidiaries are collectively called the “Sony Group”.)
As part of its SE15 long-range corporate vision and mid-range business plan, Epson is completing business structure reforms in its small- and medium-sized TFT LCD business. In implementing these reforms, in April 2010 Epson transferred to the Sony Group certain assets of the small- and medium-sized display front-end process manufacturing-related business operated by its subsidiary, Epson Imaging Devices Corporation (“Epson Imaging”). Epson has now determined that it would also be beneficial to transfer Suzhou Epson, which undertakes the back-end and touch panel assembly processes of Epson Imaging’s display business, to the Sony Group.
The Sony Group expects that the acquisition of Suzhou Epson will enhance the speed and efficiency of business operations of the Sony Group’s small- and medium-sized TFT LCD production through a cohesive operation, which includes integrating manufacturing operations of TFT LCDs from back-end and touch panel assembly processes undertaken by Suzhou Epson to the front-end processes undertaken at Sony Mobile Display Corporation’s Tottori Plant located in Japan and other facilities. Through the acquisition of Suzhou Epson’s production capabilities for touch panels and LCDs for in-car units and smartphones, Sony aims to further strengthen its TFT LCD production capacity to meet increased market demand.
The Sony Group has been utilizing Suzhou Epson for the back-end process of small- and medium-sized TFT LCD production. The purchase price of this contemplated acquisition, as mentioned below, is 775 million Yuan, which was determined primarily based on Suzhou Epson’s inventories corresponding to the orders already placed by the Sony Group as well as the cash and deposits owned by Suzhou Epson. Epson and Sony plan to complete the transfer of all Suzhou Epson equity from the Epson Group to Sony (China) Limited in the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, subject to the receipt of any necessary government approval.
This joint development project will make use of the strengths of each company to integrate OLED display manufacturing technologies using Epson’s inkjet method with TEL’s production equipment technology. The two companies will undertake the joint development with the aim of creating next-generation OLED display manufacturing technologies as a total solution package.
Outline of Suzhou Epson
1. (1) Company name Suzhou Epson Co., Ltd.
2. (2) Location No.168, Jin Feng Road, Suzhou New District,
Suzhou, People’s Republic of China
3. (3) President Shigetoshi Yamada
4. (4) Establishment February 1996
5. (5) Business Activities Production of small- and medium-sized TFT LCD displays
6. (6) Fiscal Year End December 31
7. (7) Number of employees 5,899 (as of December 31, 2010)
8. (8) Capital 1,043 million Yuan (CNY) (Approx.12.8 billion yen/ rate
as of the end of December 2010)
9. (9) Ownership Seiko Epson Corporation 100%
(including indirect ownership)
Purchase Price and Date of Transfer
* Purchase Price775 million Yuan (CNY)
* Date of Transfer Planned for the first half of fiscal year ending March 31, 2012
(subject to the receipt of any necessary government approval)
Impact on Business Forecasts
No material impact is anticipated on Epson or Sony’s consolidated financial forecasts for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 80,000 employees in 102 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $78 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.
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