TOKYO, Jan. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At its meeting held on January 22, 2015, the Board of Directors of UBIC, Inc. (the "Company") resolved to acquire the 20% of the outstanding shares of UBIC Risk Consulting, Inc. ("URC"), Company's consolidated subsidiary, owned by JP Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. ("JP Research"), as described hereunder. As a result of the acquisition, URC will become the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary.
At the same meeting, the Board of Directors of the Company resolved to merge URC with and into the Company once the acquisition of JP Research's minority interest is completed, as described hereunder.
Since this merger is a simplified merger of its wholly-owned consolidated subsidiary into the parent, certain disclosure items and details have been omitted.
1. Reasons for UBIC's Acquisition of JP Research's Equity Stake in URC and Purpose of Merger
The Company's consolidated subsidiary URC was established in April 2011 with the Company owning 80% of the shares of URC and JP Research owning the remaining 20%, for the purpose of expanding digital forensic services. Since then, forensic services have been expanding at a satisfactory pace and last year URC streamlined its business by transferring some operations to the Company, retaining the risk management and research businesses. In order to further increase business efficiency, the Company has agreed with JP Research and URC that the Company will implement the above-described merger, where the Company survives after acquiring 100% ownership of URC.
In addition, the Company has agreed with JP Research that the Company will continue to work together with JP Research in digital forensic services and other related business.
2. Outline of the Acquisition of JP Research Shares of URC
|(1) Details of the number and price of acquired shares as well as the status of ownership before and after the acquisition|
|1) Number of shares owned by UBIC before the acquisition||800 shares (ownership ratio: 80%)|
|2) Number of acquired shares||200 shares|
|Acquisition value||9,574,000 yen|
|3) Number of shares owned by UBIC after the acquisition||1,000 shares (ownership ratio: 100%)|
|(2) Date of share acquisition||February 27, 2015|
3. Outline of the Merger
|Resolution of the Board of Directors of UBIC||January 22, 2015|
|Signing of the merger agreement||January 22, 2015|
|Scheduled date of the merger (effective date)||March 12, 2015|
- Since this merger is a simplified merger (kan-i-gappei) under Article 796, Paragraph 3 of the Companies Act for the Company, and a short-form merger (ryakushiki gappei) under Article 784, Paragraph 1 of the Companies Act for URC, a general meeting of shareholders for approval of the merger agreement is not required and will not be held at either company.
- This merger will come into force on the condition that the Company has acquired all issued shares of URC.
(2) Method of the merger
A merger with the Company as the surviving company and URC being dissolved.
(3) Details of allotment related to the merger
Since URC will have become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company prior to the merger, there will be no issuance of new Company shares, capital increase or cash payment at the Company as a result of the merger.
(4) Handling of share subscription rights and bonds with share subscription rights of the dissolving company
URC has not issued share subscription rights or bonds with share subscription rights.
4. Outline of Companies Involved in the Merger (as of December 31, 2014)
|Surviving company||Dissolving company|
|(1) Company name||UBIC, Inc.||UBIC Risk Consulting, Inc.|
|(2) Location of Head Office||2-12-23 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo||2-12-23 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|(3) Name of Representative||Masahiro Morimoto||Keisuke Furuno|
|(4) Line of business||E-discovery, legal/compliance professional services||Sales, import and export of forensic products|
|(5) Capital||JPY 1,673,158 thousand||JPY 10,000,000|
|(6) Established||August 8, 2003||April 12, 2011|
|(7) Number of shares issued||35,411,360 shares||1,000 shares|
|(8) Fiscal year end||March 31||March 31|
|(9) Major shareholders and ownership ratio (as of September 30, 2014)||Masahiro Morimoto 19.54%||UBIC, Inc. 80%|
|Focus Systems Co., Ltd. 8.42%||JP Research and Consulting Co. Ltd. 20%|
|Naritomo Ikeue 7.68%|
|Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd. (Trust Account) 5.45%|
|Japan Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account) 2.44%|
|Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. 2.25%|
|Japan Securities Finance Co., Ltd.|
|Junichi Hayashi 1.69%|
|Tadahiro Kanbayashi 1.21%|
|SBI Securities Co., Ltd. 1.17%|
|(10) Financial position and business results for the most recent fiscal year (as of March 31, 2014)|
|1) Net assets||JPY 3,419,213 thousand||JPY 47,500 thousand|
|2) Total assets||JPY 4,756,257 thousand||JPY 52,114 thousand|
|3) Net sales||JPY 2,665,496 thousand||JPY 81,418 thousand|
|4) Operating income or loss||- JPY 405,095 thousand||JPY 8,816 thousand|
|5) Ordinary income or loss||- JPY 597,914 thousand||JPY 12,210 thousand|
|6) Net income or loss||- JPY 603,333 thousand||JPY 8,993 thousand|
|7) Net assets per share||JPY 93.65||JPY 47,500.66|
|8) Net income or loss per share||- JPY 17.71 yen||JPY 8,993.79|
5. Status after the Merger
After the merger, there will be no change in company name, location of head office, name and title of representative, line of business, capital or fiscal year-end of the Company.
6. Future Outlook
Since this is a merger with the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, the impact of the merger on the Company's consolidated business results will be minor.
UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) is a leading provider of e-discovery and digital forensic services for Asia and the world. UBIC has extensive experience working with electronically stored information composed in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages and utilizes that expertise for clients involved in cross-border litigation, corporate investigations, intellectual property disputes and much more. At the forefront of e-discovery innovation, UBIC's proprietary Lit i View® platform is moving the industry from "fact discovery" to "future discovery" by allowing clients to analyze e-mail messages and digital communications found in big data to reveal patterns in human thought and behavior.
Safe Harbor Statement
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CONTACT: CEO and Chairman of the Board Masahiro Morimoto Address any inquiries to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Masami Yaguchi Tel. 81-3-5463-6344