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Dividends and Returns to Shareholders

Basic policy relating to profit distribution

The Group adopts a basic policy of increasing its collective capabilities and returning profits to shareholders by sustaining aggressive investment in development projects in response to changing social demands and continuing its efforts to enhance competitiveness and streamline management.

Based on this policy, the Group is united in its commitment to strengthening its business structure and achieving stable dividends.

The Group will also deal appropriately with the acquisition of treasury stock for the flexible enforcement of capital policies and other purposes as part of its measures for returning profits to shareholders, based on a comprehensive assessment of factors, including the need, financial conditions and share price trends.

Dividends

  Dividends per Share(Yen) Payout ratio
(consolidated)
(%)
Dividends
on equity
(consolidated)
(%)
Interim Year-End Total
FY2018 (Ending March 2019) 9.0 9.0 (forecast) 18.0 (forecast)    
FY2017 (Ended March 2018) 9.0 9.0 18.0 24.1 3.3
FY2016 (Ended March 2017) 8.0 8.0 16.0 38.2 3.3
FY2015 (Ended March 2016) 8.0 8.0 16.0 122.7 3.2
FY2014 (Ended March 2015) 6.0 8.0 14.0 18.8 2.9
FY2013 (Ended March 2014) 6.0 6.0 12.0 254.2 2.8
FY2012 (Ended March 2013) 6.0 6.0 12.0 21.0 3.0
FY2011 (Ended March 2012) 5.0 5.0 10.0 29.5 2.8
FY2010 (Ended March 2011) 5.0 5.0 10.0 23.4 3.2
FY2009 (Ended March 2010) 0.0 5.0 5.0 - 1.7
FY2008 (Ended March 2009) 5.0 5.0 10.0 - 3.3
FY2007 (Ended March 2008) 5.0 5.0 10.0 43.4 3.1
FY2006 (Ended March 2007) 4.0 6.0 10.0 21.6 3.2
FY2005 (Ended March 2006) 3.0 5.0 8.0 11.2 2.9
 
  Interim Year-End
Dividend record date September 30   March 31
Payment schedule Late November Late May

Acquisition of Treasury Stock

as of December 3, 2018
Plan of Acquisition of Treasury Stock
Acquisition period Number of shares that can be acquired
(thousand shares)
Total acquisition cost
(million yen)
From November 12, 2018 to May 13, 2019 1,000 (maximum) 1,100 (maximum)

Treasury Stock acquired

Acquisition period Number of shares acquired
(shares)
Total acquisition cost
(million yen)
FY2018 (Apr. 2018 -   ) 1,258,700 1,356
FY2017 (Apr. 2017 - Mar.2018 ) 7,455,000 6,833
FY2016 (Apr. 2016 - Mar. 2017 ) 7,249,000 3,729
FY2015 (Apr. 2015 - Mar. 2016) 2,967,000 2,236
FY2014 (Apr. 2014 - Mar. 2015) 3,123,000 1,845
FY2013 (Apr. 2013 - Mar. 2014) 1,484,000 692
FY2010 (Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2011) 1,096,000 587
FY2009 (Apr. 2009 - Mar. 2010) 779,000 130
FY2008 (Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2009) 419,000 80
FY2007 (Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2008) 4,811,000 1,910
FY2006 (Apr. 2006 - Mar. 2007) 3,662,000 2,574
FY2005 (Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2006) 2,065,000 1,853
FY2004 (Apr. 2004 - Mar. 2005) 4,683,000 1,779
FY2003 (Apr. 2003 - Mar. 2004) 4,633,000 998
FY2002 (Apr. 2002 - Mar. 2003) 1,619,000 194

Retirement of Treasury Stock

as of December 3, 2018
 
Date Number of shares retired
(shares)
ratio of the total number of
issued shares prior to
retirement (%)
October 20, 2017 9,919,379 15.28
August 10, 2016 10,000,000 13.35
March 24, 2008 11,000,000 13.92
November 15,2006 10,000,000 11.23
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