Communication with Shareholders and Investors
Proactive information disclosure
Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) is committed to building a long-term relationship with its shareholders and investors based on trust by increasing opportunities to provide them with the latest information in a comprehensive way.
For shareholders, BIL publishes shareholder newsletters twice a year (The full year’s issue is integrated with the notice of a shareholders meeting.) to keep them up to date with the Brother Group's business performance and the latest topics on the Group.
For institutional investors and securities analysts, BIL holds financial results briefings four times a year, in which the president himself gives a presentation, and actively arranges individual visits to them and accepts their requests for an interview. For private investors, BIL provides explanations on the Brother Group’s business activities and management strategies mainly in company information sessions held at branch offices of securities companies. In FY2017, BIL held such sessions three times in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and was able to interact with more than 483 private investors in total.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, BIL held the 126th annual shareholders meeting at Nagoya Tokyu Hotel, located in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, with the attendance of 276 shareholders, and presented the Brother Group's business results for FY2017 and its business outlook for FY2018. All items on the agenda were approved and passed as drafted by a majority of the shareholders. This shareholders meeting was followed by a social gathering, where the shareholders talked with Brother's executive officers face-to-face.
BIL will continue to create opportunities to communicate with more shareholders and investors and actively disclose information.
To Convey the Appeal of Our Company and Products
Brother’s first events for individual shareholders
In August and September of 2017, BIL, for the first time, held events for individual shareholders in response to the many requests received to provide more information on Brother and to increase communication opportunities in a questionnaire for shareholders.
In August, BIL held an event at the Nagoya City Science Museum in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, where the head office of BIL is located. This event, attended by 235 people including those from the general public, consisted of a presentation on Brother's efforts to address various environmental issues all over the world, a lecture on endangered species, and a planetarium show in the planetarium dome "Brother Earth."
In September, BIL organized a tour in Brother Museum. This tour, having a total of 29 participants composed of individual shareholders and their companions, introduced Brother's 109-year history and business, changes in its business performance, and so forth. The tour also provided time for the participants to try out some Brother products and experience their attractiveness. The participants, for example, cut out a snowflake from a piece of color construction paper with a "ScanNCut," a home cutting machine designed for cutting paper or cloth, and made their own name labels with a "P-touch," a labeling system capable of creating original labels.
The comments BIL received from the participants include: "I have felt much closer to Brother than before." "I thought Brother was a company centering on sewing machines. I, however, have understood the company focuses on overseas expansion and nature conservation." "I had already known that Brother is an excellent company through its shareholders meetings, and this conviction was further strengthened through the explanation provided in the tour."
BIL values opportunities to directly communicate with shareholders and investors in order to convey the attractiveness of the company and its products, and remains committed to further generating "Brother fans."