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KDDI Makes BIGLOBE a Subsidiary

  • KDDI CORPORATION

December 8,2016

KDDI Corporation (KDDI) announces the conclusion on December 8, 2016 of a share transfer agreement under which it will acquire all of the shares of BIGLOBE Inc. (BIGLOBE) from the Japan Industrial Partners No. 4 Investment Project LLC , which is managed, operated, and has information provided by Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. and others. Looking ahead, KDDI plans to acquire the shares for the total amount of around 80.0 billion yen around the end of January 2017 and to make BIGLOBE a wholly owned subsidiary.

BIGLOBE operates an Internet connection service using fixed-lines. As of the end of September 30, 2016, it had over 2 million subscribers. BIGLOBE mobile services are also used by approximately 400,000 customers.

KDDI had around 38.58 million subscribers for au mobile phones, smartphones, and others as of September 30, 2016, and around 9.04 million subscribers to fixed-line telecommunication services such as the "au HIKARI" brand FTTH, CATV services, and others. Moreover, KDDI has recently been providing services that suit customers' lifestyle scenarios outside of the telecommunications domain, such as settlement services and product sales business centered on "au WALLET" and "au WALLET Market."

With this conversion into a subsidiary, KDDI and BIGLOBE will utilize their respective customer bases, business expertise, and so forth to expand business through synergies between the two companies, not only in the telecommunications domain, but also in non-telecommunications domains such as settlement services and product sales business.

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Corporate Profile of KDDI

(1) Company name KDDI CORPORATION
(2) Main business Telecommunications business
(3) Date of establishment June 1, 1984
(4) Head quarter 2-3-2, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(5) President Takashi Tanaka
(6) Capital 141,852 million yen (as of March 31, 2016)
(7) Operating revenue on the consolidated basis 4,466,135 million yen (results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016)
(8) Total employees on the consolidated basis 31,834 (as of March 31, 2016)

Corporate Profile of BIGLOBE

(1) Company name BIGLOBE Inc.
(2) Main business Information services using networks such as the Internet; information provider services and related businesses
(3) Date of establishment April 2014
(4) Main Office 4-12-4, Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(5) CEO Katsuhiro Nakagawa
(6) Capital 8,881 million yen (as of March 31, 2016)
(7) Operating revenue on the consolidated basis 77,581 million yen (results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016)
(8) Total employees 467 (as of September 30, 2016)

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