Press Releases 2016

Dividend Payout (Year-end Dividend) and Dividend Forecast
for the Fiscal Year Ending March 2017

April 21, 2016
SoftBank Group Corp.

SoftBank Group Corp. (“SBG”) announces that today its Board of Directors resolved to submit the following proposal regarding dividend from surplus, which applies to SBG shareholders of record on March 31, 2016, to the 36th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled on June 22, 2016. The Board also decided the dividend forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2017.

1. Dividend for the fiscal year ended March 2016

(1) Details of resolution

Fiscal Year Ended March 2016 Reference:
Fiscal Year Ended March 2015
Year-end Interim (Actual) Year-end Interim
Dividend Resolved to be Distributed Latest Forecast
(announced on May 11, 2015)
Record date March 31, 2016 Same as on the left September 30, 2015 March 31, 2015 September 30, 2014
Dividend per share JPY 21.00 JPY 20.00 JPY 20.00 JPY 20.00 JPY 20.00
Total cash dividend JPY 24,085 million - JPY 23,477 million JPY 23,784 million JPY 23,778 million
Payable date June 23, 2016 - December 14, 2015 June 22, 2015 December 15, 2014
Dividend resource Retained earnings - Retained earnings Retained earnings
(Reference)
Total number of shares issued (excl. treasury stock) 1,146,900,167 - 1,173,855,097 1,189,197,090 1,188,896,131
Annual dividend per share JPY 41.00 (planned) JPY 40.00
Total annual cash dividend JPY 47,562million (planned) JPY 47,562 million
[Note]
  • *
    The total amounts of cash dividend are rounded off to the nearest million yen.

(2) Background of the resolution

SBG has proactively repurchased its own shares in the fiscal year ended March 2016 (“this fiscal year”), in an effort to return its profit to shareholders. In addition to the repurchase of 15,795,000 shares pursuant to the Board resolution made in August 2015, SBG has also repurchased 27,071,800 shares by the end of March 2016, pursuant to the Board resolution made in February 2016 (collectively, the “Share Repurchase”).

Resulting mainly from the Share Repurchase, the total number of shares issued (excluding treasury stock) as of March 31, 2016 decreased 3.6% from March 31, 2015. Nevertheless, for the purpose of making the total amount of annual cash dividend for this fiscal year equivalent to that for the fiscal year ended March 2015 (the “previous fiscal year”), the Board of Directors resolved to propose the year-end dividend for this fiscal year of JPY 21 per share, an increase of JPY 1 from JPY 20 of the year-end dividend for the previous fiscal year. Together with the interim dividend of JPY 20, this brings annual dividend for this fiscal year to JPY 41 per share, an increase of JPY 1 from the previous fiscal year.

SBG intends to substantially enhance the return of its profit to shareholders by the increase of dividend, as well as the Share Repurchase.

2. Dividend forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2017

The Board decided the forecast of the annual dividend for the fiscal year ending March 2017 to be JPY 44 per share, an increase of JPY 3 from this fiscal year. The Board intends to maintain the total amount of annual cash dividend, for the same purpose as this fiscal year, despite the expected decrease of the total number of shares issued (excluding treasury stock) along with the progress of the share repurchase.

Reference: Breakdown of Annual Dividend

Dividend per Share
Record Date Interim Year-end Total
Fiscal year ending March 2017 (forecast) JPY 22.00 JPY 22.00 JPY 44.00
Fiscal year ended March 2016 (actual and plan) JPY 20.00 JPY 21.00
(planned)
JPY 41.00
(planned)
Fiscal year ended March 2015 (actual) JPY 20.00 JPY 20.00 JPY 40.00
  • Releases, announcements, presentations and other information available from this page and elsewhere on this website were prepared based on information available and views held at the time of preparation and speak only as of the respective dates on which they are filed or used by SoftBank Group Corp. or the applicable group company, as the case may be. Such information is subject to change and may become out-of-date. Such information may also contain forward-looking statements which are by their nature subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Please read legal notices in its entirety prior to viewing any information available on this website.