Press Releases 2015

Results of Tender in Tender Offer for Shares of a Subsidiary
Accompanied by the Change in Scope of Consolidation

June 2, 2015
SoftBank Corp.

As announced in the press release dated April 28, 2015, “Tender in Tender Offer for Shares of a Subsidiary Accompanied by the Change in Scope of Consolidation,” SoftBank Corp. (the “Company”) tendered in the tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) for shares of GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. (JASDAQ Standard, code 3765, “GungHo”).

The Company announces that GungHo no longer qualifies as a subsidiary and newly became an associate of the Company, due to the factors including this completion of the Tender Offer on June 1, 2015, as described below.

1. Outline of GungHo

(1) Name GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
(2) Address 3-8-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(3) Representative Kazuki Morishita, President & CEO
(4) Business description
  • Planning, development, operation, and distribution of PC online games
  • Planning, development, operation, and distribution of smartphone games
  • Planning, development, and sale of consumer games
(5) Common stock JPY 5,338 million (as of March 31, 2015)
(6) Founded July 1, 1998
(7) Operating results and financial position (consolidated, millions of yen)
Fiscal year ended Dec. 2012 Fiscal year ended Dec. 2013 Fiscal year ended Dec. 2014
Sales 25,821 163,060 173,069
Operating profit 9,298 91,228 94,283
Ordinary profit 9,355 90,104 93,524
Current net profit 8,209 54,768 62,038
Net assets 19,391 77,428 131,203
Total assets 25,085 125,390 161,081

2. Outline of the results of the Tender Offer

(1) Number of shares held before the tender 460,840,000 shares including indirect ownership*1
(Number of voting rights: 4,608,400)
(Voting rights ratio: 40.15%)
(2) Number of shares tendered in the Tender Offer 188,235,200 shares
(3) Number of shares held after the tender 272,604,800 shares including indirect ownership*2
(Number of voting rights: 2,726,048)
(Voting rights ratio: 28.41%) *3
[Notes]
  • *1
    GODOKAISYA Heartis Inc. (number of GungHo common shares held: 223,080,000, “Heartis”) and Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of the Company, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Exercise of Voting Rights for Deferment of Execution of Pledges (the “MOU”), on April 1, 2013. Under the MOU, all of GungHo common shares held by Heartis were pledged with Son Holdings Inc. (“Son Holdings”), Masayoshi Son's asset management company, as a pledgee. In order to defer the execution of pledges, Heartis agreed to the effect that at the shareholders' meeting of GungHo Heartis would exercise the voting rights related to 213,080,000 shares out of the common shares of GungHo held by Heartis, in accordance with Masayoshi Son's instruction (the “Agreement on Exercise of Voting Rights”). Before the tender in the Tender Offer, the total number of voting rights held by the Company, SoftBank Mobile Corp. and those voting rights held by Heartis to be exercised in accordance with Masayoshi Son's instruction was 6,739,200 and it accounted for 58.72% (rounded off to the second decimal place) of 11,476,886 voting rights of all the shareholders of GungHo as of December 31, 2014. The number of voting rights of all the shareholders of GungHo was presented in its securities report for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2015, which GungHo submitted on May 8, 2015.
  • *2
    The abovementioned pledge on 100,000,000 shares out of the common shares of GungHo held by Heartis was extinguished on June 1, 2015. With this and a result of the Tender Offer, GungHo no longer qualified as a subsidiary and newly became an associate of the Company.
  • *3
    The percentage of the voting rights accounted for 9,594,534 voting rights. 9,594,534 voting rights is obtained by subtracting 1,882,352 voting rights related to 188,235,200 shares tendered in the Tender Offer, from 11,476,886 voting rights of all the shareholders of GungHo as of December 31, 2014 (rounded off to the second decimal place). The number of voting rights of all the shareholders of GungHo was presented in its securities report for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2015, which GungHo submitted on May 8, 2015.

3. Impact on Financial Result

With the completion of the Tender Offer and the extinguishment of the abovementioned pledge on the common shares of GungHo held by Heartis, GungHo no longer qualified as a subsidiary and was excluded from the scope of consolidation of the Company accordingly as of June 1, 2015. GungHo newly became an associate of the Company and is accounted for under the equity method.

As for impacts of the Tender Offer on the financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2016, the Company expects to record JPY 78.0 billion of gain on sales of shares of subsidiaries and associates on its non-consolidated financial statements. The Company also expects to record income or loss resulting from loss of control on its consolidated financial statements. The amount is a difference between a) a carrying amount of GungHo on consolidated basis at the time of loss of control (on June 1, 2015) after reflecting GungHo's net income or loss from April 1 to June 1, 2015, and b) a fair value of GungHo at the time it became an associate (on June 1, 2015), which is the share price (i.e., the closing price) of GungHo of the date multiplied by the number of its shares held by the Company. The Company will separately announce the amount of income or loss resulting from loss of control, after a) becomes certain.

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