Hitachi Announces Change in the Effective Date for Company Split and Closing Date of Share Transfer regarding Company Split related to Diagnostic Imaging-related Business and Transfer of Shares in the New Company
Tokyo, May 28, 2020 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) announced in the press release issued on December 18, 2019 that it has decided to execute an absorption-type split involving the diagnostic imaging-related business (the “Business”), currently undertaken by Hitachi and its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliate companies, through which the Business will be transferred to a newly established company serving as a successor company (the “New Company”), and transfer all shares in the New Company to FUJIFILM Corporation ( TSE: 4901, “Fujifilm”) (such share transfer, the “Share Transfer”) after the Company Split (such a sequence of transactions, the “Transaction”).
Hitachi and Fujifilm have scheduled the effective date for the company split above and closing date of the Share Transfer on July 1,2020 (the “Execution Date”). However, because of the reasons such as delays in some of the preparations for the execution of the Transaction due to the spread of novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) around the world, Hitachi and Fujifilm agreed to change the Execution Date. The new Execution Date has not yet been determined and will be promptly given as soon as determined
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any “forward-looking statement” and from historical trends include, but are not limited to:
• economic conditions, including consumer spending and plant and equipment investment in Hitachi’s major markets, particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as levels of demand in the major industrial sectors Hitachi serves;
• exchange rate fluctuations of the yen against other currencies in which Hitachi makes significant sales or in which Hitachi’s assets and liabilities are denominated;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to access, or access on favorable terms, liquidity or long-term financing;
• uncertainty as to general market price levels for equity securities, declines in which may require Hitachi to write down equity securities that it holds;
• fluctuations in the price of raw materials including, without limitation, petroleum and other materials, such as copper, steel, aluminum, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or shortages of materials, parts and components;
• the possibility of cost fluctuations during the lifetime of, or cancellation of, long-term contracts for which Hitachi uses the percentage-of-completion method to recognize revenue from sales;
• credit conditions of Hitachi’s customers and suppliers;
• fluctuations in product demand and industry capacity;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to implement measures to reduce the potential negative impact of fluctuations in product demand, exchange rates and/or price of raw materials or shortages of materials, parts and components;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to continue to develop and market products that incorporate new technologies on a timely and cost-effective basis and to achieve market acceptance for such products;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel;
• increased commoditization of and intensifying price competition for products;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of its strategy to strengthen its Social Innovation Business;
• uncertainty as to the success of acquisitions of other companies, joint ventures and strategic alliances and the possibility of incurring related expenses;
• uncertainty as to the success of restructuring efforts to improve management efficiency by divesting or otherwise exiting underperforming businesses and to strengthen competitiveness;
• the potential for significant losses on Hitachi’s investments in equity-method associates and joint ventures;
• general socioeconomic and political conditions and the regulatory and trade environment of countries where Hitachi conducts business, particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, including, without limitation, direct or indirect restrictions by other nations on imports and differences in commercial and business customs including, without limitation, contract terms and conditions and labor relations;
• uncertainty as to the success of cost structure overhaul;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s access to, or ability to protect, certain intellectual property;
• uncertainty as to the outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations and other legal proceedings of which the Company, its subsidiaries or its equity-method associates and joint ventures have become or may become parties;
• the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in products or services of Hitachi;
• the possibility of disruption of Hitachi’s operations by natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of infectious diseases, and geopolitical and social instability such as terrorism and conflict;
• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to maintain the integrity of its information systems, as well as Hitachi’s ability to protect its confidential information or that of its customers; and • uncertainty as to the accuracy of key assumptions Hitachi uses to evaluate its employee benefit-related costs.
The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and are in addition to other factors contained in other materials published by Hitachi.