July 27, 2016
Unison Capital, Inc.
Fukuoka Capital Partners Co., Ltd.
Shizuoka Capital Co., Ltd.
Acquisition of Yuko Yuko Corporation
Yuko Yuko Holdings Inc., backed by funds respectively operated by Unison Capital, Inc., Fukuoka Capital Partners Co., Ltd., and Shizuoka Capital Co., Ltd., together with Dentsu Inc. (together, the “Consortium”), today announced the signing of a share purchase agreement with Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. for the Consortium to acquire all outstanding shares of Yuko Yuko Corporation (“Yuko Yuko”).
In Japan, demand for healthy and fulfilled lifestyle amongst the growing aging population is expected to magnify. Revitalization of regional areas, notably through means such as sightseeing, is a separate but equally significant social subject.
Yuko Yuko is one of the leading travel media outlets in Japan, catering to the elderly population. The solid customer base will allow Yuko Yuko to expand its business horizon beyond servicing travel needs. Therefore, Yuko Yuko is well-positioned to evolve into a commercial/services platform serving lifestyle needs for the growing elderly population. Further shift towards the online platform will also be made to reflect changes in purchase patterns of elders.
Yuko Yuko will benefit from the full support of the Consortium which brings distinct expertise and value: Unison Capital has a longstanding track record and the experience to enhance corporate value; Fukuoka Capital Partners and Shizuoka Capital have strong local network and footprint in Kyushu region and Shizuoka prefecture, respectively, both of which are home to prominent hot spring destinations; and Dentsu has expertise in branding and marketing.
The share transfer is expected to be executed in late August.
Yuko Yuko Corporation (As of March 31, 2016)
Unison Capital, Inc. https://www.unisoncap.com/
||Ginza Namiki Dori Building, 2-3-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan
||January 12, 2000
||Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. (100%)
||7,928 million yen (fiscal year ended March 2016)
||Koji Hagiwara, Representative Director
||Publisher and operator of domestic hotel information magazine “Yuko yuko” and domestic hotel booking website “yukoyuko. net”
Unison Capital was established as an independent private equity firm in 1998. As a pioneer of buyout investments in Japan, Unison Capital has contributed to enhance the corporate value of Japanese mid-cap companies since its establishment. To date, the Unison Capital Group has launched five funds and has invested in 27 companies, accumulating to approximately 730 billion yen in enterprise value.
Fukuoka Capital Partners Co., Ltd. http://www.fukuokacp.com/
Fukuoka Capital Partners is a fund managing company established in 2006 under the mission of “contributing to the regional economy” through community development and corporate support in Kyushu. To date, Fukuoka Capital Partners has managed seven funds in total of 55.9 billion yen, invested by Fukuoka Bank and other investors in and out of Kyushu.
Shizuoka Capital Co., Ltd. http://www.shizuokabank.co.jp/companyinfo/scc.html
Shizuoka Capital is Shizuoka’s only venture capital established in 1984. Its shareholders include the Shizuoka Bank group. To date, Shizuoka Capital has raised 14 funds in total of 26.8 billion yen, and has supported the IPO of 58 companies while delivering various capital-related business solutions, such as succession issues for companies in need.
Dentsu Inc. http://www.dentsu.com
The Dentsu Group provides the best solution to global clients within the communication domain, covering a diverse range of services including management and business solution-building, corporate branding/marketing communication and service development. More than 48,000 employees in 146 countries across five continents are engaged with over 11,000 clients around the globe.
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Public Relations, Unison Capital, Inc.