Shareholder Returns & Dividends

Dividend Policy

During the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY2020) to the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (FY2022), our basic policy*1 is to pay stable and continuous per-share dividends, and flexibly consider implementing share buyback programs, with a guidance total shareholder return ratio to net income attributable to owners of the SoftBank Corp. of approximately 85%*2.

We consider the return of profits to shareholders to be an important goal for our management along with the increase in medium to long term corporate value. We believe we can achieve both a high rate of shareholder returns and growth investments based on our ability to make highly efficient investments in new businesses in cooperation with the SoftBank Group portfolio companies. To increase corporate value, we will make capital investments to enable early deployment of 5G nationwide, as well as continuing investments in new businesses.

Our basic policy is to distribute surplus twice a year as interim and year-end dividends. Our dividend policy is to consider performance trends, financial condition and the total shareholder return ratio including share buybacks on a comprehensive basis while paying attention to the stability and sustainability of dividends. For FY2020, the annual dividend per share is planned to be 86 yen (of which, the interim dividend per share is planned to be 43 yen).

We will continue to grow both telecommunications business and new businesses, striving to increase our corporate value and make an appropriate return of profit to shareholders.

[Notes]
  1. *1
    Announced in August 2020. Our policy is changed from paying dividend per share with a guidance payout ratio of approximately 85% of net income attributable to owners of SoftBank Corp. to adding share buybacks as an option to paying dividends with a guidance total shareholder return ratio of approximately 85%. There is no change in the forecast of the dividend per share (86 yen) for FY2020, which we announced on May 11, 2020
  2. *2
    Total dividends and share buybacks for FY2020 to FY2022 / total net income attributable to owners of SoftBank Corp. for FY2020 to FY2022

Dividend History

Dividend per Share (JPY) Payout Ratio (%)
Interim Year-end
Fiscal year ending March 2021 (Forecast) 86.0 43.0 (Forecast) 43.0 (Forecast) 84.5
Fiscal year ended March 2020 85.0 42.5 42.5 85.6
Fiscal year ended March 2019 - - 37.5 83.3*
[Note]
  1. *
    Converted to annual ratio.

Share Buyback

   
Period of Acquisition Method of Acquisition Total Number of Shares Acquired Total Amount Paid for Acquisition
(Billions of yen)
March 1, 2021
to March 5, 2021
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 4,089,300 5.8
February 1, 2021
to February 28, 2021
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 9,091,900 12.9
January 1, 2021
to January 31, 2021
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 10,661,500 14.4
December 1, 2020
to December 31, 2020
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 6,520,200 8.5
November 1, 2020
to November 30, 2020
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 4,939,700 6.2
October 1, 2020
to October 31, 2020
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 43,158,800 52.2
December 1, 2019
to December 5, 2019
Open market purchase 3,150,800 4.7
November 1, 2019 to
November 30, 2019
Open market purchase 9,656,200 14.4
October 1, 2019
to October 31, 2019
Open market purchase 12,723,300 19.0
September 1, 2019
to September 30, 2019
Open market purchase 4,359,000 6.6
August 6, 2019
to August 31, 2019
Open market purchase 16,110,700 24.1

Press Releases

March 8, 2021 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
March 2, 2021 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
February 2, 2021 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
January 6, 2021 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
December 2, 2020 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
November 5, 2020 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
December 6, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
December 3, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
November 7, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
October 2, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
September 3, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program