Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce that a company controlled by investment partnerships managed by NSSK affiliates (NSSK II) completed its investment in Reallyenglish Japan Co., Ltd. (("Reallyenglish" or the "Company";https://www.reallyenglish.co.jp/).
Reallyenglish was founded in 2001 as a subsidiary of UK-based Reallyenglish.com Limited and, for more than 15 years, has provided digital e-learning systems and a broad range of content for English language education to Japanese business enterprises (BtoB) and academic institutions (BtoA). More than 720 corporations and 170 academic institutions have utilized the services to educate their employees and students. The Company is a digital pioneer in the English education industry in Japan and provides quality e-learning services that can be personalized for each customer through its original e-learning platform accessible “anywhere anytime”. The user experience is enhanced through a digital platform that encompasses coaching, prompting and interactive features, including live conversations. Through this robust technology platform and user-friendly features, the Company achieves high course completion rate of users averaging around 88%.
In order to accelerate the next stage of growth of Reallyenglish, NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to implement global best business practices in all relevant areas, including accounting, finance, compliance, and governance, while driving customer base expansion and penetration, broadening products and services that lead to strong top line growth of the Company. NSSK is partnering with Reallyenglish’s current management team, who will continue to manage the Company.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce that the Chubu/Hokuriku Region Vitalization Investment L.P. ("Chubu/Hokuriku Investment L.P.") completed its investment in Niwakyu Co., Ltd. headquartered in Ena City, Gifu Prefecture ("Niwakyu”;http://www.niwakyu.com).
Niwakyu with more than 100-year history, sells baking soda, citric acid, sodiumsesquicarbonate and sodium percarbonate, all as detergents, as well as deodorants and table salt products. These products are made from natural materials and are characterized as being friendly to the human body and environment and, particularly, to those who are hypersensitive to chemical substance. Such characteristics are highly appreciated by safety and quality conscious housewives. As a result of its commitment to safety, environmentally friendly quality products, Niwakyu has enjoyed a very stable and loyal customer base.
NSSK will provide its Value Up Program ("NVP") to Niwakyu and implement at the company global best business practices with the initial focus on accounting, finance, governance, compliance, corporate identity, and ESG. NSSK will also support Niwakyu’s sales growth with strengthening marketing through NSSK’s network and sales promotion enhancement and new product development by leveraging synergies with NSSK Group’s portfolios.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce that a company controlled by investment partnerships managed by NSSK affiliates (NSSK II) completed its investment in ELSONIC Co., Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively "ELSONIC" or the "Company";http://www.elsonic.co.jp).
ELSONIC was founded in Osaka City, Osaka prefecture in 1995 and operates 46 retail stores in primarily urban shopping locations throughout Japan under the brand name of "Thank You Mart". The goods sold by the Company are fashionable, cute and "want to have" items each priced at 390 yen, approximately US$3.50, which is within a price range attractive to junior high and high school girls. In particular, the Company sells products that feature a wide variety of popular animation or video game characters such as Sesame Street, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Powerpuff Girls and attracts customers who follow these characters. The Company has its own illustrators for product development and releases one or more new products every day; with many products being original or unique to ELSONIC. Products include clothing wear, accessories, hand bags, jewelry, school supplies, among others. Moreover, the Company uses social media effectively as its main marketing medium with a very strong following on various social media platforms.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program ("NVP") to ELSONIC to implement global best business practices including accounting, finance, compliance and governance policies and procedures, promote corporate identity and ESG, strengthen same store sales growth and profitability, and accelerate new store openings by leveraging NSSK's real estate network. NSSK is partnering with ELSONIC’s incumbent management team.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hotel Castle Inn Group ("Castle Inn Group”;http://www.castleinn.co.jp) through the Chubu/Hokuriku Region Vitalization Investment L.P. (“Chubu/Hokuriku Investment L.P.”).
Castle Inn Group owns and operates six hotels located in the Mie Prefecture of the Chubu Region, where there is a strong demand for hotels that accommodate business and leisure travelers. Castle Inn Group offers 826 guest rooms targeting primarily business travelers. The hotels are differentiated in the market through its affordable pricing and attractive amenities, such as onsen-style bathing facilities, ample and accessible parking spaces and comfortable rooms. Castle Inn Group has a stable and loyal customer base that has resulted in steady revenues and strong profit margins.
NSSK will deploy NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) in managing Castle Inn Group and implement global best practices with the initial focus on accounting, finance, governance, compliance, corporate identity and ESG. NSSK will also work closely with its hotel management operating partners. The implementation of these measures is expected to increase RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room).
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce that a company controlled by investment partnerships NSSK affiliates manage (NSSK II) completed its investment in SOWA PROJECT CO., LTD. ("SOWA PROJECT " or the "Company"http://www.sowaproject.jp).
SOWA PROJECT is company founded in 1986 and headquartered in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The Company currently rents bridal gowns and accessories and operates three wedding banquet facilities and one church in Sapporo and holds roughly 1,000 wedding parties a year. Positioned as a fully integrated provider of wedding and reception services including importing handmade wedding dresses designed by leading designers in Europe for rentals and wholesale sales, the Company generates solid revenues per customer, strong margins and enjoys strong name recognition and customer loyalty.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to SOWA PROJECT to implement global best business practices including accounting, finance, compliance and governance policies and procedures, promote ESG, strengthen the profitability of its business lines, and assist in the expansion into other major metropolitan markets, such as Tokyo, by leveraging NSSK's network. NSSK is partnering with SOWA PROJECT’s incumbent management team, who will continue to manage the Company and will retain a minority stake.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko (“NSSK” http://www.nsskjapan.com) is pleased to announce that Yoshihito Ohta became Executive Advisor effective April 1, 2018. Mr. Ohta was formerly Managing Director of Kyocera Corporation, where he worked closely with its Founder, Kazuo Inamori, in its transformation to become a global company. When Mr. Inamori was Chairman of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. Mr. Ohta also served as Senior Managing Director and Advisor to the Chairman. They together worked on the successful corporate rehabilitation of Japan’s flagship air carrier during its bankruptcy restructuring. Most recently, Mr. Ohta was Chairman of Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd.
“It is a tremendous honor for NSSK to welcome a management guru of Mr. Ohta’s caliber. His broad management experience, strong business philosophy and association with Seiwajuku will positively impact our business in many ways.” Jun Tsusaka, CEO of NSSK commented.
Mr. Ohta remarked that “I hope to be able to use the skills and network I have accumulated to date to advance NSSK’s cause to realize a bright future for Japan by assisting SMEs and regional economies. I am a big believer in this important mission.”
“Through Mr. Ohta’s broad experience, insights and network, we will accelerate and enhance our investment activities focusing on Japan’s middle market and bring about benefits to Japan’s regional economies.” noted Jun Tsusaka.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK";http://www.nsskjapan.com/en) is pleased to announce that a company controlled by investment partnerships NSSK affiliates manage (NSSK II) completed its investment in RAY Field Co., Ltd. ("RAY Field" or the "Company"http://www.rayfield.jp).
RAY Field is a privately-owned company founded in 2001 and headquartered in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The Company operates beauty salons under the brand name of “RAY Field”. The Company currently operates 55 stores, primarily located in the suburban areas in the Tokai, Kyushu, Hokuriku and Chugoku regions. The Company also has franchise operations. Positioned as a "total beauty salon", the Company generates solid revenues per customer, strong margins and enjoys a high repeat rate and customer loyalty.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to RAY Field to implement global best practices including accounting, finance, compliance and governance measures, promoting ESG, strengthening of profitability, and the continued build out of new stores by leveraging NSSK's real estate network. NSSK is partnering with RAY Field’s incumbent management team, who will continue to manage the Company and will retain a minority stake.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko (“NSSK”) is pleased to announce the completion of the final closing of NSSK II, with the total commitments of approximately JPY60 billion.
The oversubscribed investment partnership experienced significant demand with support from a diverse range of institutional investors from North America, Europe, and Asia.
NSSK’s mission is to build leading alternative asset investment business by investing in Japanese SMEs in partnership with management. NSSK’s investment strategy is to generate superior returns by applying global investment discipline, operating expertise and human capital to the attractive SME market in Japan through proprietary and differentiated sourcing in partnership with local Japanese institutions.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko is pleased to announce the acquisition, through Chubu/Hokuriku Region Vitalization Investment L.P. (“Chubu/Hokuriku Investment L.P.”), of SORA GROUP Co., Ltd. (http://www.sora-g.jp) ("SORA GROUP” or the “Company”).
SORA GROUP is a medium-sized, privately held Japanese restaurant operator with more than 30 restaurants, which include Japanese restaurants, pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, ramen (Japanese noodle) restaurants and bakeries, in Nagoya City and its vicinities. Its restaurants are popular among local clientele because of its quality food and attractive ambience.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to SORA GROUP to implement global best practices including accounting, finance, compliance and governance measures, more effective management, profitability enhancement with the acceleration of development of new restaurant formats and opening new restaurants. NSSK is sending directors to the Company and is partnering with SORA GROUP’s existing management team, who will continue to manage the Company.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko is pleased to announce the acquisition, through a special purpose vehicle, of BUNKASHA PUBLISHING CO., LTD. (http://www.bunkasha.co.jp) and its affiliates (collectively "Bunkasha" or the “Company”) .
Bunkasha is a medium-size, privately held Japanese publishing group with a strong presence in the manga segment (Japanese comics) targeted to female readers as well as the leisure magazine segment in both print and digital formats. In particular, Bunkasha’s titles in their core segment of manga (horror, suspense and romance) have stable and strong readerships among 20 to 40 year old women. Further, its main title in the female fashion magazine segment has been ranked among the top 3 for the past several years by fashion conscious female readers in their 10s and 20s.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to Bunkasha to implement global best practices including accounting, finance, compliance and governance measures, more effective content accumulation and management, profitability enhancement with the acceleration of digitization of their extensive library of content, and a diversification of revenue source by expanding its media mix and distribution channels. NSSK is partnering with Bunkasha’s existing management team, who will continue to manage the Company.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko is pleased to announce the acquisition, through an acquisition vehicle, of SC Holdings Co., Ltd. ("SCH" or “the Company” (http://www.scholdings.co.jp/)).
SCH is a leading operator of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities for seniors with a primary presence in the Greater Kanto area of Japan. With over 120 facilities that operate primarily under the “Furusato Home” and “Anshin Home” brands, SCH differentiates its service offering through provision of high quality nursing care services at attractive price points.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to SCH to implement global best practices including accounting and finance, compensation and performance review programs, and funding and ROI analysis around new facility openings. NSSK is partnering with SCH’s existing management team, that will continue to run the Company.
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko ("NSSK") is pleased to announce that today a holding company controlled by funds advised by NSSK completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Kantoku Global Corporation, Ltd. ("KGC" or “the Company” http://www.kantoku.co.jp/).
KGC is a family-owned company founded in 1968 and based in Saitama Prefecture, that purchases Japanese branded used trucks and industrial machinery from major Japanese companies in the logistics, leasing and manufacturing sectors. After purchasing the vehicles and machinery, the Company maintains, de-manufactures or disassembles them into component parts in Company-owned factories (located in Saitama Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture) and sells them to third parties, primarily dealers of second hand vehicles in emerging markets.
NSSK will provide NSSK’s Value Up Program (“NVP”) to KGC to implement global best practices in sourcing, supply chain, sales force productivity, finance and accounting, among others and support its future expansion. KGC’s existing management team will continue to manage the Company and will retain a minority stake.
NSSK is pleased to announce that today it entered into definitive agreements to acquire Meotoiwa Paradise Co, Ltd. ("Meotoiwa Paradise"; http://www.futami-seaparadise.com) from Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd.
Meotoiwa Paradise, is in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, and on a tour bus route from Ise Shrine. It is a shopping and entertainment arcade development that includes souvenir stores, restaurants and shops selling seafood and other local products. Contiguous with the arcade is Futami Sea Paradise, an aquarium which is famous for the close and personal encounter and interaction with walruses, seals and other marine mammals.
In close cooperation with local businesses, financial institutions and governments and in partnership with the employees, NSSK plans to help revitalize the business. The corporate carve-out investment in Meotoiwa Paradise illustrates NSSK's commitment to invest in local businesses with high growth potential in Japan's regional economy and represents its strategy of investing in businesses well positioned to benefit from increasing domestic and overseas tourist activity.
NSSK announced today that Yasuhiko Matsunaga joined the organization as Senior Advisor. NSSK will benefit greatly from his extensive experience in finance.
Mr. Matsunaga started his career with the Industrial Bank of Japan, where he worked mainly on forex dealing and M&A advisory for 24 years. Since 1993, he had served as the Forex Chief Dealer for three years. Thereafter, he worked for IBJ Securities, Shinko Securities, and Mizuho Securities as Senior Executive. Since 2011, he had served as Head of Investment Banking and Head of Global Markets at Tokai Tokyo Securities. Currently he is the President of Tokai Tokyo Investment, a venture capital arm of Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings.
NSSK announced today that Shinji Yamada joined the organization as Regional Operations Leader. NSSK will benefit greatly from his extensive experience in M&A advisory and management consultancy.
Mr. Yamada started his career with Mitsubishi Bank Ltd., where he worked in Japan and the US for 9 years and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago. Thereafter, he worked for Bain & Company as a management consultant, and then served as an M&A banker at Deutsche Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Shinsei Bank and Tokai Tokyo Securities for 15 years. Currently, Mr. Yamada is the CEO of Intelligence Advisory Ltd., an independent advisory firm.
NSSK announced today that Izumi Ogura joined the organization as Senior Advisor. NSSK will benefit greatly from his extensive experience in both government and private financial sectors.
Mr. Ogura started his career with the Bank of Japan, where he worked mainly in the Money Market Operations Department and the Foreign Exchange Section of the International Department for 12 years. Thereafter, he worked for Dresdner Bank for about 10 years and then served as senior executive officers at Aozora Bank and Shinsei Bank for 11 years. During 2011-14, Mr. Ogura served as Head of Financial Service Industry for Abeam Consulting Ltd. and led approximately 300 consultants of the division.
NSSK is pleased to announce its first investment in Mie-prefecture based US.Mart Corporation (Ise, CEO: Yoshihiro Taguchi, http://www.usmart.co.jp). US.Mart is a leading owner and operator of indoor playground facilities (over 90 facilities throughout Japan) and franchisor of 100 Yen stores. NSSK and US.Mart entered into a definitive agreement on December 17, 2014 whereby NSSK will acquire a controlling interest (70%) in US.Mart and enter into a strategic alliance agreement with the company.
The company is looking to continue its expansion in Japan and will begin its international expansion into selected Asian markets. Given its rapid growth and future expansion plans, Mr. Taguchi has decided to engage with NSSK to help execute its strategic objectives by implementing NSSK’s NVP program throughout its operations.
NSSK will drive the company’s growth by enhancing operations of existing stores as well as accelerating new store opening through NSSK’s business network.
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