1. Risks Associated with New Businesses
The Nisshinbo Group is actively developing new businesses such as carbon catalysts in order to expand sales and profits. However, uncertainties are inherent in new businesses and the development of appealing new products and the formation of new markets may not proceed as anticipated. This could delay or prevent the recovery of prior investments.
2. Risk of Fluctuation in the Value of Investment Securities
Investment securities held by Nisshinbo are marked to market in accordance with accounting standards for financial products, and the Company implements impairment accounting based on even stricter internal standards for a portion of these securities.
Based on current accounting standards and standards for asset impairment, there is a limited possibility that impairment losses will have an impact on net income, as the acquisition cost of the investment securities was low. However, comprehensive income may fluctuate significantly owing to changes in market value. Also, the Company plans to limit increases in interestbearing liabilities by selling investment securities to procure capital needed for mergers and acquisitions, overseas business development, and capital investment, but misalignment of the timing between sale and investment may give rise to unforeseen circumstances.
3. Risks Associated with the Utilization of Idle Land
To reform its business structures, Nisshinbo is taking active steps to close certain business sites and subsequently use the idle land. Income from these redevelopment projects is providing a significant contribution to the Company's profits. The redevelopment of this land may result in cleanup expenses and revisions to laws could impede redevelopment work.
4. Risks Associated with Product Quality
The majority of the Nisshinbo Group manufactures products in accordance with international quality control standards, but there is no guarantee that quality-related problems will not occur in the future. The Company has product liability insurance, but the occurrence of a large liability could have an adverse impact on the Group's financial results.
5. Risks Associated with Market Shifts Relating to Product Sale Prices and Raw Material Procurement
Some of the Nisshinbo Group's products can be significantly affected by fluctuations in market prices owing to market developments and competition with other companies. Sales prices for textile products and raw materials procured by the Group such as cotton, steel and other materials are particularly susceptible to these market trends.
The New Japan Radio Group (New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. and its consolidated subsidiaries) generates more than 80% of its consolidated sales from semiconductor devices. Significant fluctuations in demand in the semiconductor market may therefore have a large impact on the Nisshinbo Group's financial results.
6. Risk Associated with Fluctuations in Exchange Rates
The Nisshinbo Group imports raw materials such as cotton. An inability to reflect changes in exchange rates in product prices may put pressure on profits.
Some of the Group's business transactions are denominated in foreign currencies. While the Group takes steps to mitigate the risk of exchange rate fluctuations, not all this risk can be avoided. Fluctuations in exchange rates may therefore affect the Nisshinbo Group's financial results, with phases of yen appreciation putting pressure on profits.
7. Risk Associated with Unforeseen Revisions to Laws and Regulations
Products supplied by the Japan Radio Group are subject to a range of laws and regulations governing areas such as national security.
These laws include export restrictions, import regulations and environmental and recycling laws. The Japan Radio Group has established clear internal regulations regarding compliance with these laws. However, unforeseen revisions to laws and regulations may limit the Group's business activities and lead to an increase in costs.
8. Risks Associated with Changes in Customer Business Performance
The customers of the Nisshinbo Group's automobile brakes business are automobile manufacturers that conduct business globally. The cancellation of contracts or requests to sharply reduce prices owing to changes in the business results of such client companies are factors outside the control of Nisshinbo, and consequently may have an impact on the Group's financial results.
The Japan Radio Group has a relatively high ratio of business with central and local governments, so sales tend to be concentrated toward the end of the fiscal year. In addition, trends in central and local government spending plans and capital expenditure in the telecommunications sector may affect the Group's financial results.
9. Risks Associated with Overseas Business Development
The Nisshinbo Group owns many production bases overseas. Risks inherent to this international presence include unforeseen changes in laws and regulations, unfavorable political or economic factors and social turmoil.
10. Risks Associated with Financial Covenants Related to Capital Procurement
The Nisshinbo Group has secured funding from multiple financial institutions. The Company and some consolidated subsidiaries have entered into commitment line contracts, while consolidated subsidiary. These companies are bound by certain financial covenants.
11. Risks Associated with Supply Chain
The Group may face difficulties in securing necessary components owing to changes in the economic environment. For example, rapid developments in specific parts supply regions and product fields may affect supply capacity at parts companies and lead to delivery delays. This in turn could impact the Group's shipment plans or lead to deterioration in margins owing to sharp increases in the price of components.
12. Risks Associated with Disasters and Accidents
The Nisshinbo Group takes steps to manage risk related to disasters and accidents. However, a large earthquake or other major disaster or a sudden accident such as a fire may cause significant damage to the Group's manufacturing facilities, leading to the suspension of production activities that causes shipment delays. The Group may also incur considerable costs to restore damaged buildings or facilities.
In addition, the outbreak and spread of a new infectious disease may have an impact on the Group's operations