Aug. 05, 2014
Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.
Keizo Morikawa, President
Code No.: 5007, TSE First Section
Contact: Masamichi Hamaguchi
Public Affairs Office, Corporate Communications Department
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Shigeya Kato, Chairman/Group CEO
Code No.: 5002, TSE First Section
Contact: Tomoji Nakamura
Public Affair Division
Kuniharu Nakamura, President
Code No.: 8053, TSE First Section
Contact: Kenji Shinmori
Corporate Communications Department
TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K.
Jun Mutoh, President
Code No.: 5012, TSE First Section
Public & Government Relations
Notice of Agreement Concluded on Integration of LP Gas Import and Wholesale Operations
Cosmo Oil Company, Limited (hereinafter, “Cosmo”), Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (hereinafter, “Showa Shell”), Sumitomo Corporation, and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. (hereinafter, “TonenGeneral”) began discussions in December 2013 on integrating their LP gas import and wholesale operations, and we are pleased to inform you that these four companies today concluded an integration agreement to establish an integrated import and wholesale company on April 1, 2015. This integration is contingent on approval from the relevant authorities.
The LP gas import and wholesale operations (LP gas import/procurement, shipping terminal operation, logistics, and domestic wholesaling) and overseas trading operations of the four corporate groups will be consolidated into an integrated structure to create one of Japan’s top-class LP gas import and wholesale companies. To achieve that aim, the four corporate groups will strive to:
(1)Ensure reliable LP gas supply in Japan and strengthen partnerships with the dealers
(2)Improve logistics efficiency and cut redundant costs in the four companies operations
(3)Enhance operational efficiency and diversify sales channels
(4)Diversify procurement sources/methods and reduce procurement costs, and actively develop overseas trading on a global scale to ensure the new company is competitive
|(1) Scope of integration|
|・||The LP gas import and wholesale operations of Cosmo, Showa Shell and TonenGeneral|
|・||The LP gas wholesaling operations of Enessance Holdings Co., Ltd. (established in 2008 by Showa Shell and Sumitomo Corporation with equity stakes of 51% and 49%, respectively)|
|・||The LP gas trading operations of Sumitomo Corporation|
The four corporate groups will carry out absorption-type spin-offs of their LP gas import and wholesale operations and integrate these operations with Cosmo Petroleum Gas Co., Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cosmo) as the receiving company. Cosmo, Showa Shell, Sumitomo Corporation, and TonenGeneral will each acquire a 25% stake in the integrated import and wholesale company. The new company’s trade name is due to be changed in conjunction with the effective integration date of April 1, 2015.
|Conclusion of integration agreement||August 5, 2014|
|Conclusion of agreements on absorption-type company splits||Dec 2014 – Jan 2015|
|Integration deadline (effective date)||April 1, 2015|
Further details on the company splits will be provided as soon as they have been finalized.
Corporate Communications Department,