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Management's Message

Shingo Kaneko

Aiming to enhance enterprise value by proactively transforming business models

Thank you very much to our shareholders for their ongoing support of Toppan.

The Toppan Group has closed its accounts for the 171th fiscal term (April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017), and its performance was as follows.

During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, the Japanese economy generally followed a moderate recovery trend as corporate earnings and the employment and income environment showed signs of improvement. Meanwhile, the economic outlook remains uncertain due to factors including a lack of stability in the exchange rate and stock prices amid increasing uncertainty due to growing concerns about the expansion of protectionist policies in the U.S., as well as a slowdown in China and other Asian emerging economies and the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

In the printing industry, while corporate advertising expenditure grew mainly for online advertising, demand for paper media including publication printing was on a declining trend. In addition, the market environment is undergoing major changes including diversification of purchasing behavior due to changes in lifestyles, and the operating environment was tough overall.

Amid this environment, the Toppan Group reviewed its business fields in November 2016 based on TOPPAN VISION 21, which sets out Toppan’s Corporate Structure and Business Fields for the 21st century, and identified Healthcare & Life Sciences, Education & Cultural Exchange, Urban Space & Mobility, and Energy & Food Resources as four business fields for growth. Guided by the concept of “Designing Infinite Possibilities – Discover the Value of the Future. Make it Real with Planning and Creativity,” the Group strives to expand its business by realizing total solutions through enhanced Group collaboration and combinations of technologies and knowhow. In order to establish new revenue models at an early stage, the Group worked to enhance competitiveness by reducing costs and strengthening technology development in existing businesses, and proactively put management resources into new businesses.

As a result, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, consolidated net sales decreased by 2.9% from the previous year to ¥1,431.5 billion. Further, operating profit increased by 6.3% to ¥51.6 billion, ordinary profit decreased by 4.2% to ¥49.6 billion, and profit attributable to owners of parent was ¥32.5 billion, a 7.7% decrease.

The year-end dividend has been set at ¥10 per share. This means that the total annual dividend is ¥20 per share.

The Toppan Group aims to enhance enterprise value by producing results from its initiatives thus far to create new businesses and markets and implement structural reform, and by taking proactive steps to transform its business models.

The continued understanding and support of our shareholders is greatly appreciated.

June 2017
Shingo Kaneko
President & Representative Director

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