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In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
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Renesas Electronics Announces Growth Strategy to Enhance Corporate Value

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723, hereinafter “Renesas”), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has been implementing a range of measures to strengthen its earnings base and financial foundation, as outlined in press releases issued on July 3, 2012 and September 28, 2012, respectively titled “The Direction of Various Measures to Establish Robust and Profitable Structure”, and “The Progress of Various Measures to Establish Robust and Profitable Structure”.

In working to strengthen the company’s earnings base, since the merger on April 1, 2010 Renesas has been pursuing integration synergies, and building on its dominant number one position worldwide in the microcontroller (MCU) market by optimizing our business portfolio and streamlining the manufacturing structure among a range of other such measures. Steady implementation of these measures has produced tangible results, including an approximate 20% reduction in fixed costs in the last two years.

However, after considering the impact of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, along with the impact of global economic uncertainty, Renesas determined that further measures were necessary to respond to dramatic changes in the global economic circumstances and domestic operating environment. Accordingly, following an announcement on July 3, 2012, Renesas has been implementing additional business and structural measures, centered on an early retirement incentive program and significant restructuring of domestic production sites.

The early retirement incentive program, as outlined in Renesas’ announcement of October 16, 2012, received 7,446 applications, and all applicants retired as of October 31. The restructuring of domestic production sites has been proceeded as planned, including an agreement to transfer Renesas High Components (Aomori Factory) to AOI ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. as announced on October 12, 2012. Renesas intends to continue efforts to create a lean organization and management structure, and under the current management framework the company is planning to pursue further rationalization initiatives to boost competitiveness, including further optimization of the personnel structure.

In terms of strengthening the company’s financial foundation, on September 28, 2012 Renesas announced new financing totaling 97 billion yen from major shareholders and main banks. Renesas also entered into an agreement for a syndicated loan totaling 161.1 billion yen, arranged by the main banks, which allows the company to convert short-term debt to long-term debt and secure stable long-term funding. Through these initiatives Renesas has secured sufficient funding for the foreseeable future to enable implementation of ongoing structural reforms.

Today, as detailed in a press release titled “Renesas Electronics Announces Share Issue through Third-Party Allotment, and Change in Major Shareholders, Largest Shareholder who is Major Shareholder, Parent Company and Other Related Companies”, Renesas announced a decision to issue 150 billion yen in shares through third-party allotment to The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (hereinafter “INCJ”), Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Keihin Corporation, Denso Corporation, Canon Inc., Nikon Corporation, Panasonic Corporation and Yaskawa Electric Corporation, with the aim of establishing a financial foundation resistant to rapid changes in the global economy and domestic business environment and investing in core business areas for growth to enable a recovery in performance. Details of the third-party allotment are available in the aforementioned press release.

In the emerging Smart Society brought about by the increasing pace of network connectivity in electronic equipment and social infrastructure, control systems that embed MCUs and IT equipment using SoCs are rapidly converging. Therefore, the new market for control systems based on MCUs is expected to expand. As this transition progresses simultaneously in advanced and developing countries, an extremely large new market will be created for the semiconductor industry to exploit. By strengthening its earnings base and financial foundation, Renesas aims to respond to these changes in the market and construct high value-added MCU-based kit solutions for customers with further strengthened Analog and Power semiconductors, which are essential to the kit solutions, while improving its competitiveness in SoCs. Renesas will realize growth in this new market by supplying platforms that combines these kit solutions with software including IPs and OS commonly used for each application, contributing to shorter development periods, increased cost competitiveness and productivity for customers.

Renesas plans to use funds raised from this capital increase by third-party allotment to realize its goal of growth in the Smart Society through investment in the five areas outlined in the table below. Based on this, Renesas seeks to ensure sales growth in these strengthened areas, and achieve stable profits, while increasing corporate and shareholder value.

 

[Specific Use of Funds Raised through Third-Party Allotment]

    Specific Use     Amount
(millions of yen)
    Planned outlay period
(i)   Investment related to leading-edge process development of MCUs and standardization of development basis     40,000     June 2013 to March 2017
(ii)   Capex related to production

(sample and mass production)

    20,000     June 2013 to March 2017
(iii)   Investment in automotive semiconductor solutions     40,000     June 2013 to March 2018
(iv)   Investment in industrial semiconductor solutions     40,000     June 2013 to March 2017
(v)   Development investment for rebuilding the management base     10,000     June 2013 to March 2016

(1) Strengthen core competencies

To strengthen the company’s core competencies, Renesas must first invest in the development of the latest 28nm MCU process technology and in the standardization of development basis as stated in (i) above, taking steps to maintain our dominant leadership of the global MCU market. Regarding capex related to production (sample and mass production) as stated in (ii) above, capex will be pursued to increase the profitability of existing processes currently in mass production and to improve competitiveness of the latest processes currently under development. Along with these investments, Renesas will also invest for applying finer process nodes and larger wafers to analog products, thereby improving product competitiveness.

(2) Strengthen semiconductor solution provision capabilities

In relation to investment (iii) and (iv) above, namely, investment in automotive and industrial semiconductor solutions, Renesas will strengthen its Analog & Power semiconductor technological capabilities, which are indispensable to kit solution proposals for customers, centered on our existing dominant leading market share in MCUs, as well as to pursue M&A and collaborations in Analog & Power semiconductors to enhance the product line up. In addition, as a means of increasing the ability to provide compelling solutions, Renesas will investigate M&A and collaboration with the makers of embedded operating systems and with IP vendors, and will also consider M&A with independent design houses in emerging economies.

Renesas will also pursue business expansion in semiconductor markets with high growth potential, including HEV and EV and various vehicular information systems in the automotive sector, smart-grid technology in the industrial sector, and also in the area of new electronic controls equipment that is being driven by the progress of network connectivity of electronic equipment and social infrastructure in the emerging Smart Society, as noted above.

(3) Increase resistance to rapid market changes

In relation to investment (v) above, namely, development investment for rebuilding the management base, one of the aims is to improve the business evaluation system to speed up decision-making in response to sudden market changes. Another is to improve resistance to seismic activity for manufacturing equipment, establishing multi-fab production for creating a more robust business continuity plan (BCP) to ensure the stable supply of products to customers.

Through this growth investment, which is necessary to survive and prosper amid tough global competition, Renesas will strive to enhance core competencies that differentiate its business from competitors and achieve a rapid improvement in profitability. In the mid-and-long term, Renesas aspires to develop its platform business, strengthen semiconductor solution provision capabilities and optimize customers’ systems, thereby contributing to sales growth in core areas, higher profitability, and improved corporate and shareholder value in the future.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad-range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.

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