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Announcement of the FY 2014 Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection-Eighteen outstanding, listed enterprises that have most promptly undertaken Competitive IT Strategies-

On May 26, 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) jointly selected 18 enterprises for the Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection, and METI hereby announces the enterprises listed below. This selection is one of the efforts for the promotion of strategic IT utilization in Japanese enterprises.

The Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection is a program in which METI and the TSE select and publicize enterprises that are attractive to investors who prioritize improvement in corporate value from a long-term perspective. From now on, METI and the TSE aim to make the program an incentive for more enterprises to undertake Competitive IT Strategies.

1. Outline of the Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection

Under the program, METI and the TSE select and publicize outstanding enterprises by industry from all the enterprises listed on the TSE that undertake Competitive IT Strategies to implement investment in and practical use of IT for the sake of increase in profits, business innovation, and the like.

The enterprises that take the lead in undertaking Competitive IT Strategies are expected to achieve increases in corporate value and growth in the enterprises’ mid-to-long term performance by creating new business models and enhancing profitability, and consequently to raise their stock prices by gaining reasonable understanding and appreciation from investors.

When selecting such enterprises, METI conducted a survey titled “Survey on Competitive IT Strategies to Realize Practical Use of and Investment in IT in a Competitive Manner” for all listed enterprises on the TSE in order to assess the actual conditions of IT usage at each enterprise. Then METI used the survey results to conduct the screening using financial status as well as scoring based on the five items listed below to select the 18 outstanding enterprises.

  1. Priority of practical use of and investment in IT in a competitive manner in the enterprise’s management plan
  2. Enterprise’s internal structure and human resources dedicated to IT related to planning of practical use of and investment in IT in a competitive manner
  3. Status of implementation of practical use of and investment in IT in a competitive manner (practical use of IT for business innovation)
  4. Status of results and post-evaluations of competitive IT investment
  5. Foundational efforts for competitive IT investment

2. List of the selected companies (18 companies, in order of industry category)

Securities Code Company name Category of industry
1928 Sekisui House, Ltd. Construction
2502 Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Foods
3402 TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. Textiles and Apparels
7947 FP CORPORATION Chemicals
5108 BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION Rubber Products
5411 JFE Holdings, Inc. Iron and Steel
6301 KOMATSU LTD. Machinery
6501 Hitachi, Ltd. Electric Appliances
7201 NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. Transportation Equipment
7731 NIKON CORPORATION Precision Instruments
7862 TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. Other Products
9532 OSAKA GAS CO., LTD. Electric Power and Gas
9020 East Japan Railway Company Land Transportation
9467 AlphaPolis Co., Ltd. Information & Communication
8031 MITSUI & CO., LTD. Wholesale Trade
8316 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. Banks
8766 Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. Insurance
8439 Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation Other Financing Business

Selection criteria

  1. Enterprises with scores for answers to the survey exceeding a certain reference figure
  2. Enterprises with an average ROE for the last three years exceeding that in the industry
  3. Enterprises that have not committed any serious legal violations

(Reference) Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) news release
http://www.jpx.co.jp/news/0010/20150526-01.html External Site Link (in Japanese)

(Reference) Details of Competitive IT Strategy Stock Selection
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/it_policy/investment/keiei_meigara/keiei_meigara.html (in Japanese)

Release date

May 26, 2015

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI

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