Sony Value Stock - Dividend - Research Selection
Market price: 10.700,00 JPY
Sony Corp Fundamental data and company key figures of the share
|Annual reports in JPY|
|Net operating cash flow||1.349.740.000.000|
|Free cash flow||909.979.025.408|
|Liabilities & Shareholders equity||23.039.300.000.000|
|Diluted shares outstanding||1.262.260.000|
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|Market Capitalization||130.397.757.440,00 USD|
|Raw Data Source||US GAAP in Millionen JPY|
Description of the company
Sony Corporation was established in Japan in May 1946 as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, a joint stock company (Kabushiki Kaisha) under Japanese law. In January 1958, it changed its name to Sony Kabushiki Kaisha (“Sony Corporation” in English).
In December 1958, Sony Corporation was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (the “TSE”). In June 1961, Sony Corporation issued American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) in the U.S.
In March 1968, Sony Corporation established CBS/Sony Records Inc. in Japan, as a 50-50 joint venture company between Sony Corporation and CBS Inc. in the U.S. In January 1988, the joint venture became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, and in April 1991, changed its name to Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (“SMEJ”). In November 1991, SMEJ was listed on the Second Section of the TSE.
In September 1970, Sony Corporation was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”).
In August 1979, Sony Corporation established Sony Prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd. in Japan, as a 50-50 joint venture company between Sony Corporation and The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
In April 1991, the joint venture changed its name to Sony Life. In March 1996, Sony Life became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, and in April 2004, with the establishment of SFH, a financial holding company, Sony Life became a wholly-owned subsidiary of SFH.
In July 1984, Sony Magnescale Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was listed on the Second Section of the TSE. The subsidiary changed its name to Sony Precision Technology Inc. in October 1996 and then to Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation in April 2004. In April 2012, Sony Manufacturing Systems was merged into Sony EMCS Corporation. Sony EMCS Corporation changed its name to Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation in April 2016.
In July 1987, Sony Chemicals Corporation, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was listed on the Second Section of the TSE. The subsidiary changed its name to Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation in July 2006, and changed its name again to Dexerials Corporation in October 2012.
In January 1988, Sony Corporation acquired CBS Records Inc., a music business division of CBS Inc. in the U.S. The acquired company changed its name to Sony Music Entertainment Inc. in January 1991 and then to Sony Music Holdings Inc. in December 2008.
In November 1989, Sony Corporation acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S.
In August 1991, Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. changed its name to Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (“SPE”).
In November 1993, Sony established SCEI in Japan. SCEI changed its name to Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. (“SIEI”) in April 2016.
In October 1995, Sony/ATV was formed as a 50-50 joint venture company between Sony Corporation and Michael Jackson. In September 2016, the joint venture became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
In January 2000, acquisition transactions by way of a share exchange were completed such that three subsidiaries which had been listed on the TSE — SMEJ, Sony Chemicals Corporation (currently Dexerials Corporation), and Sony Precision Technology Inc. (which was merged into Sony EMCS Corporation) — became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Sony Corporation.
In September 2012, Sony Corporation completed the sale of certain of its chemical products businesses, including Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation(currently Dexerials Corporation) to Development Bank of Japan Inc.
In October 2001, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”), a 50-50 joint venture company between Sony Corporation and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson”) of Sweden, was established.
In February 2012, Sony acquired Ericsson’s 50% equity interest in Sony Ericsson. As a result of the acquisition, Sony Ericsson became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony and changed its name to Sony Mobile Communications AB.
In June 2003, Sony Corporation adopted the “Company with Three Committees” corporate governance system in line with the revised Japanese Commercial Code then effective. (Refer to “Board Practices” in “Item 6. Directors, Senior Management and Employees.”)
In April 2004, Sony Corporation established SFH, a financial holding company, in Japan. Sony Life, Sony Assurance Inc. (“Sony Assurance”), and Sony Bank became subsidiaries of SFH. In October 2007, SFH was listed on the First Section of the TSE in conjunction with the global initial public offering of shares of SFH by Sony Corporation and SFH.
In April 2004, S-LCD Corporation (“S-LCD”), a joint venture between Sony Corporation and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of Korea for the manufacture of amorphous thin film transistor LCD panels, was established in Korea. Sony’s stake in S-LCD was 50% minus 1 share. In January 2012, Sony sold all of its shares of S-LCD to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
In August 2004, Sony combined its worldwide recorded music business, excluding its recorded music business in Japan, with the worldwide recorded music business of Bertelsmann AG (“Bertelsmann”), forming a 50-50 joint venture, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (“SONY BMG”). In October 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann’s 50% equity interest in SONY BMG. As a result of the acquisition, SONY BMG became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. In January 2009, SONY BMG changed its name to Sony Music Entertainment (“SME”).
In December 2005, Sony Communication Network Corporation, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was listed on the Mother’s market of the TSE, and was later listed on the First Section of the TSE in January 2008. Sony Communication Network Corporation was renamed So-net Corporation (“So-net”) in July 2013.
In January 2013, Sony Corporation acquired all of the common shares of So-net through a tender offer and subsequent share exchange and, as a result of the acquisition, So-net became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation. So-net was renamed Sony Network Communications Inc. (“SNC”) in July 2016.
In April 2013, Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc. (“SOMED”), a medical business venture between Sony Corporation and Olympus Corporation (“Olympus”) was established in Japan. Sony’s stake in SOMED is 51%.
In July 2014, Sony Corporation sold its personal computer (“PC”) business operated under the VAIO brand to Japan Industrial Partners, Inc.
In July 2014, pursuant to a separation of Sony’s businesses into distinct subsidiaries, the television business was split out and began operations as Sony Visual Products Inc. (“SVP”).
In October 2015, the video and sound business was split out and began operations as Sony Video & Sound Products Inc. (“SVS”).
In April 2016, the semiconductors business was split out and began operations as Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation (“SSS”).
In April 2017, the imaging products and solution business was split out and began operations as Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. (“SIPS”), which completed the sequential separation of Sony’s business units into distinct subsidiaries.
The agent in the U.S. for purposes of this Item 4 is Sony Corporation of America (“SCA”), 25 Madison Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10010-8601 (Attn: Office of the General Counsel).
Principal Capital Investments
In the fiscal years ended March 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Sony’s capital expenditures were 251.0 billion yen, 468.9 billion yen and 272.2 billion yen, respectively. Sony’s capital expenditures are expected to be approximately 330.0 billion yen during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For a breakdown of principal capital expenditures and divestitures (including interests in other companies), refer to “Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.” The funding requirements of such various capital expenditures are expected to be financed by cash provided principally by operating and financing activities or the existing balance of cash and cash equivalents.
Sony invested approximately 260 billion yen in the Semiconductors segment, including the acquisition of semiconductor fabrication facilities, equipment and related assets owned by Toshiba, during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. This 260 billion yen investment included approximately 206 billion yen for image sensor fabrication capacity. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, Sony invested approximately 84 billion yen in the Semiconductors segment. This investment included approximately 45 billion yen for image sensor fabrication capacity.
Sony is engaged in the development, design, production, manufacture, offer and sale of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets such as mobile phones, game hardware and software, network services, still and video cameras, televisions, audio and video recorders and players, and semiconductors. Sony is engaged in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming and the operation of television and digital networks. Sony is also engaged in the development, production, manufacture, and distribution of recorded music and the management and licensing of the words and music of songs as well as the production and distribution of animation titles. Further, Sony is also engaged in various financial services businesses, including life and non-life insurance operations through its Japanese insurance subsidiaries and banking operations through a Japanese Internet-based banking subsidiary.
Sony has striven to ensure the implementation of 1) clearly attributable accountability and responsibility, 2) management policies with an emphasis on sustainable profit generation and 3) the acceleration of decisionmaking processes and reinforcement of business competitiveness. To achieve this, Sony has implemented plans to sequentially separate business units within Sony Corporation to form distinct subsidiaries and operate them alongside existing Sony Group companies. These separations include SVP in July 2014, SVS in October 2015, SSS in April 2016, and SIPS in April 2017. As a result of this sequential separation of businesses, all segments are now being operated as subsidiaries of Sony Corporation.
Sony realigned its business segments from the first quarter of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 to reflect a change in the Corporate Executive Officers in charge of certain segments and modifications to the organizational structure of certain segments as of April 1, 2016. In connection with this realignment, Sony separated the Devices segment into the Semiconductors segment and the Components segment. In addition, the operations of the automotive camera business, which were included in the Imaging Products & Solutions (“IP&S”) segment, and the operations of the Imaging Device Development Division, which were included in Corporate and elimination, are now included in the Semiconductors segment. Additionally, certain operations which were included in All Other and Corporate and elimination are now included in the Music segment and All Other, respectively.