Welcomes the Appointment of New Independent Outside Directors
Releases Comprehensive Corporate Value Enhancement Plan
Requests the New Outside Directors Examine 3D’s Plan and Develop Targets for Capital Efficiency, Operating Margin and Cash Flow per Share Growth that Are at Least as Ambitious as 3D’s Plan
TOKYO, December 04, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. as investment manager of 3D OPPORTUNITY MASTER FUND (together, "3D," "we," "us" or "our"), the largest shareholder of Fuji Soft Incorporated ("Fuji Soft" or the "Company"), today sent a letter to the newly elected members of Fuji Soft’s Board of Directors (the "Board").
In the letter, 3D congratulates the new independent outside directors on their election and for their willingness to provide active and engaged oversight of the Company’s strategy, capital allocation, operations and management. We believe all Fuji Soft shareholders welcome the new directors and the objective oversight they will provide.
3D attached a comprehensive plan for enhancing the corporate value of Fuji Soft (the "Plan") to the letter it sent to each of the new independent directors. In the Plan, 3D proposes concrete measures to drive meaningful improvements to the Company’s performance and operations so that Fuji Soft can reach its full potential and maximize corporate value. 3D urges the new outside directors to take the initiative in examining 3D’s Plan and ensure Fuji Soft’s business plan incorporates targets for capital efficiency, operating margin, and cash flow per share growth that are at least as ambitious as those in the 3D Plan.
A public version of 3D’s corporate value enhancement plan is available here (Some information is not disclosed in the public version): https://www.3dipartners.com/engagement/fujisoft-presentation-on-corporate-value-enhancement-plan-jp-202212.pdf
The full text of the letter is copied below:
December 4, 2022
Mr. Takao Tsuji
Mr. Hidetaka Nishina
Mr. Hikari Imai
Mr. Yuya Shimizu
Mr. Shintaro Ishimaru
Fuji Soft Incorporated
1-1 Sakuragi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Re: 3D’s Expectations for the New Independent Outside Directors
Dear New Members of the Board,
3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. as investment manager of 3D OPPORTUNITY MASTER FUND (together, "3D," "we," "us" or "our"), is the largest shareholder of Fuji Soft Incorporated ("Fuji Soft" or the "Company").
We congratulate you on being elected to serve on the Fuji Soft Board of Directors (the "Board"). As you know, we have been urging Fuji Soft to improve its operations, capital allocation and governance for more than two years. Over this period, we have believed that the Board would benefit from more independent outside directors that have relevant expertise, and we are pleased shareholders have elected you to fill that critical role at the EGM we requested. We have high expectations for you: we believe you can provide more effective oversight and ensure that Fuji Soft delivers on its corporate commitments and opportunities, especially to its shareholders. We look forward to the future of the Company under your stewardship.
As new members of the Board, you will have significant influence over the development and execution of the Company’s strategy. To that end, we wanted to make you aware of the corporate value enhancement plan (the "Plan") that 3D has previously presented to members of the Board and management team. A copy of the Plan is attached.
Fuji Soft has suffered from weak profit margins, low returns on equity and poor shareholder returns due to inefficient capital allocation, an unfocused growth strategy and weak corporate governance. In the Plan, 3D proposes concrete measures that integrate capital efficiency improvement, business efficiency improvement and cash flow per share growth through reinvestment in core businesses. We believe the implementation of these measures will drive meaningful improvements to the Company’s performance, operations and margins so that Fuji Soft can reach its full potential.
3D’s Plan is not based solely on superficial quantitative analysis. For example, Fuji Soft management has recently stated in interviews that Fuji Soft’s low profit margin is due to its unique business model. However, even Systena, a company with a very similar business model, has higher margins. Based on our detailed analysis, one of the main drivers of the low margin is entirely within Fuji Soft’s control: an organizational structure that is not in line with the business unit cost. 3D’s Plan proposes specific approaches to address such issues based on a detailed analysis of the situation.
Our only goal is for Fuji Soft to thrive and maximize its corporate value over the mid-to-long term. 3D requests the new outside directors to take the initiative in examining 3D’s Plan and also use it as reference for the Corporate Value Enhancement Committee. 3D also urges the new outside directors to provide independent oversight of management by comparing the corporate value enhancement measures developed by management against the 3D Plan. This is one way to ensure that the Company’s targets for capital efficiency, operating margin and cash per share growth are at least as ambitious as 3D’s plan and aimed at maximizing corporate value.
This election offers an opportunity for Fuji Soft to turn a new page and take decisive action to reposition the Company for success. Fuji Soft’s shareholders deserve nothing less than a Board that is focused on fulfilling the Company’s promise, and we will be watching the Board and Corporate Value Enhancement Committee with great interest over the coming months.
We look forward to working constructively with you and the rest of the Board and management team to achieve our mutual goal of realizing the Company’s full corporate value.
3D Investment Partners
About 3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd.
3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. is an independent Singapore-based Japan focused value investing fund manager founded in 2015. 3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. focuses on partnering with managements who share its investment philosophy of medium- to long-term value creation through compound capital growth and a common objective of achieving long-term returns.
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