Fact Sheet

Lawson, Inc.

  • Market: Tokyo
  • Symbol: 2651
  • Sector: Retail Trade
  • ISIN: JP3982100004

Company Profile

Lawson, Inc. is one of the largest convenience store operators in Japan.
As manufacturing retailer based on small commercial areas, the Company had approx. 14,000 stores in Japan and approx.2,200 overseas stores, as of Feb. 28, 2019. The Company has expanded its customer base from young male customers to female and senior citizens in accordance with the nation's demographic trends. Lawson has utilized some formats such as LAWSON, NATURAL LAWSON, LAWSON STORE 100 and SEIJO ISHII to meet the polarized demand of consumers.
Regarding dividend policy, Lawson management places great store on returning a portion of profits to the shareholders, and the Company pursues a strategy that both maintains financial soundness and returns an appropriate portion of profits to the shareholders that directly reflects corporate performance. The Company focuses on optimizing shareholders’ equity from a perspective of mid- and long-term management.
Lawson became a consolidated subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation in February 2017.

Sales by merchandise category of all stores(As of 2/28/2019)

Processed foods : Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, processed foods, confectioneries, etc.
Fast foods : Rice, noodles, bread, delicatessen items, over-the-counter fast foods, etc
Daily delivered foods : Bakery items, desserts, ice creams, perishable foods (vegetable, fruits and meat), etc
Non-food products : Daily necessities, books, magazines, etc.

Key Figures

Fiscal year: (millions of yen) 2017/2 2018/2 2019/2
Net sales of convenience stores 2,157,951 2,283,621 2,424,541
Gross operating revenue 631,288 657,324 700,647
Operating income 73,772 65,820 60,781
Profit before income taxes 58,456 43,590 39,876
Profit(Profit attirbutable to owners of parent) 36,400 26,828 25,585
Per share data: (yen)
Profit per share 363.96 268.16 255.71
Cash dividends per share 250 255 255
At fiscal year-end: (millions of yen)
Total assets 866,577 900,256 1,342,490
Net assets 285,995 281,446 281,982
Financial data: (%)
Return on equity 13.5 9.7 9.3
Payout ratio 68.7 95.1 99.7
Total number of stores in Japan (store) 13,111 13,992 14,659

Major Shareholders (As of 2/28/2019)

Name Number of shares held (thousands)*1 Percentage of total shares held*2
Mitsubishi Corporation 50,150 50.1
The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.
(Trust account)
4,200 4.2
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd.
(Trust account)
3,392 3.4
NTT DOCOMO, INC. 2,092 2.1
STATE STREET BANK WEST CLIENT
- TREATY 505234
1,739 1.7
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK 380655 1,287 1.3
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd.
(Trust account 5)
977 1.0
Japan Securities Finance Co., Ltd. 952 1.0
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd.
(Trust account 9)
917 0.9
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd.
(Trust account 7)
906 0.9

*1 Shareholdings above are based on the shareholders' register.

*2 The equity position in the above table is calculated after deducting treasury shares.

Distribution of Shareholders by Type (As of 2/28/2019)

Name Number of shares (thousands)
Financial Institutions 17,823 17.8
Securities companies 2,182 2.2
Other domestic entities 53,119 53.0
Foreign entities 17,799 17.7
Individuals, others 9,132 9.1
JASDEC 0 0.0
Treasury Stock 241 0.2
Shares issued and outstanding 100,300 100.0

* The number of unit (tangen) shares is 100 shares.

Lawson, Inc.

East Tower, Gate City Ohsaki, 11-2, Osaki 1-chome, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-8643 Japan

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