Press Releases 2021

Notice of Change in Subsidiaries (Sub-Subsidiaries)

May 11, 2021
SoftBank Corp.

SoftBank Corp. (hereinafter, “SoftBank”) announces the following change in specified subsidiaries of SoftBank.

1. Reason for the change

As announced by SoftBank and NAVER Corporation (hereinafter, “NAVER”) in the “Notice Concerning Entry into a Definitive Agreement Relating to the Business Integration of Z Holdings Corporation (Securities Code: 4689) and LINE Corporation (Securities Code: 3938)” dated December 23, 2019, we implemented an absorption-type merger (hereinafter, the “Absorption-type Merger”) with LINE Corporation as the surviving corporation and Shiodome Z Holdings GK, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank, as the absorbed corporation as of February 26, 2021, as part of the business integration between Z Holdings Corporation, a subsidiary of SoftBank (hereinafter, “ZHD”) and LINE (hereinafter, the “Business Integration”). Through a series of transactions including the Absorption-type Merger, LINE Demerger Preparatory Company, a subsidiary of LINE, has become a subsidiary (sub-subsidiary) of SoftBank as of February 26, 2021*1.
LINE has transferred its entire business to LINE Demerger Preparatory Company as of February 28, 2021 and changed its trade name to A Holdings Corporation (hereinafter, “AHD”). As of the same date, LINE Demerger Preparatory Company changed its trade name to LINE Corporation.

  1. *1
    LINE transferred its entire business (excluding the ZHD shares, the contractual status pursuant to the agreements executed by LINE in relation to the Business Integration, and the rights and obligations set out in the absorption-type demerger agreement) to its wholly owned subsidiary, LINE Demerger Preparatory Company, in an absorption-type demerger (hereinafter, the “Corporate Demerger”) as of February 28, 2021. For accounting purposes, the acquisition date is February 28, 2021, the date when the Corporate Demerger became effective, as the Absorption-type Merger and the Corporate Demerger are deemed to be a series of transactions regarding the Business Integration.

2. Outline of the subsidiary (sub-subsidiary)

(1) Name LINE Corporation
(2) Address 1-6-1 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(3) Name and title of representative Takeshi Idezawa, Representative Director and President
(4) Nature of business Advertising service based on the mobile messenger application “LINE”, core businesses including the sales of stickers and game services, and strategic businesses including Fintech, AI, and commerce services
(5) Share Capital JPY 34,201 million (as of March 31, 2021)
(6) Founded December 13, 2019
(7) Major shareholders and shareholding ratios Z Holdings Corporation 100.00%
(8) Relationships with SoftBank Capital relationship SoftBank owns 50.00% of the shares in AHD, the parent company of LINE and ZHD
Personnel relationship Not applicable
Business relationship There are business relationships with respect to advertising services, etc.
(9) Results of operation and financial position over the past 3 years (Consolidated, IFRS)*2
Fiscal year Fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 Fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 Fiscal year ended December 31, 2019
Total capital JPY 189,977
JPY 208,514
JPY 174,663
Total assets JPY 303,439
JPY 486,587
JPY 541,352
Equity attributable to owners of parent per share JPY 779.30 JPY 833.87 JPY 659.96
Revenues JPY 167,147
JPY 207,182
JPY 227,485
Operating income or loss JPY 25,078
JPY 16,110
JPY -38,997
Income or loss attributable to owners of the parent company JPY 8,078
JPY -3,718
JPY -46,888
Earnings per share: basic profit or loss for the period JPY 36.56 JPY -15.62 JPY -196.07
Dividends per share - - -
  1. *2
    Results of operation and financial position for AHD (former LINE) are shown.

3. Date of change

February 26, 2021