Working with Our Shareholders and Investors

Disclosure of Information to Shareholders and Investors

General Meetings of Shareholders

We regard general meetings of shareholders as an opportunity for important discussion between our shareholders and management. We are therefore committed to responding in a forthright and easy-to-understand manner to any questions our shareholders may have, to provide a more in-depth understanding of the Mitsui Chemicals Group.
At our general meeting of shareholders held on June 24, 2016, we positioned members of staff outside the venue to exhibit and provide an explanation of the Mitsui Chemicals Group's products and CSR activities. On conclusion of the general meeting of shareholders, directors took part in discussions and explanation outside the venue, providing the opportunity to talk to shareholders in greater depth.

Publishing IR information

We disclose IR information as and when necessary in an appropriate manner, to give shareholders and investors a better understanding of the Mitsui Chemicals Group. We make every effort to expand and improve the content of information disclosed as well as the manner in which it is presented in order to ensure that the information is accurate and easy to understand.

We post IR information, including summary financial statements, security reports and information subject to timely disclosure, on our website as soon as it has been disclosed (via a press release).
We also work actively to provide information that is not subject to timely disclosure via press releases and our website.
In addition to the aforementioned, we post a wide range of supplementary information and documents on our website. This includes copies of our annual reports, which serve as an introductory platform to provide readers with an overview of the Company and medium through which to engage in high-quality discussions with stakeholders. Through our website, we also consistently renew and update information on the Company’s financial highlights and corporate governance as well as briefing session materials for analysts and institutional investors, details of Q&A meetings and various other information for our shareholder and investor base. By accessing the Company’s website, stakeholders can also view copies of shareholder reports and materials relating to the general meetings of shareholders.
In a bid to further enhance the quality of its information disclosure activities, Mitsui Chemicals also broadcasts a video message from the President for shareholders and investors twice a year.

In fiscal 2015, the IR section of our website was selected by Nikko Investor Relations Co., Ltd. as one of the 117 most comprehensive websites of all listed companies in Japan. We were also one of 144 firms to receive the 2015 Internet IR Commendation Award from Daiwa Investor Relations Co., Ltd.

Dialogue with Shareholders and Investors

We actively engage in communication with institutional investors and securities analysts, to give them a better understanding of our business activities and strategies.
We also arrange online conference calls (telephone briefings) to coincide with our quarterly results. We also hold around 300 individual meetings in Japan and overseas.

Management places emphasis on personally explaining matters of particular interest to stakeholders. Twice a year, we organize management briefings. Other briefings are held depending on changes in the business environment.
We regularly organize briefing sessions on the Company’s medium-term strategies and business activities as well as plant tours and other briefings, to offer a more in-depth understanding of our main business activities and strategies. Detailed explanations are also provided by the officers responsible for each activity at our operating, production and research facilities. This is an opportunity to directly meet our employees and experience our products first-hand. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the Company and its activities, these initiatives provide the forum for direct dialogue with officers responsible for each division and department as well as management.

In an effort to improve understanding amongst individual investors, since fiscal 2011, we have been organizing Company briefings to coincide with seminars hosted by securities firms in Tokyo and other major cities around Japan.

In recognition of these initiatives, the Mitsui Chemicals Group received the Award for Excellence in Corporate Disclosure from the Securities Analysts Association of Japan in 2015.
This award is an accolade for the stance that top management has adopted toward investors relations. It acknowledges the high degree of importance that Mitsui Chemicals’ top management places on IR, efforts to proactively disseminate information and the broad range of activities undertaken including the vigorous exchange of opinions regarding such issues as the Company’s future management strategies as well as meetings with top management.

Moving forward, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will continue to engage in IR activities that focus on the proper disclosure of information and dialogue in order to further increase the understanding of stakeholders and to garner their trust. At the same time, we will work to enhance our corporate value.

Plant tour

Briefing session for individual investors

Basic Policy on Profit Sharing

We recognize that enhancing corporate value through our business growth and expansion is an important management issue. At the same time, we position the return of profits to shareholders as an equally important management priority.

We adopt a holistic approach to profit sharing, including the return of profits to shareholders and enhancing retained earnings in preparation for future strategic growth and expansion.
Regarding dividends, over the medium to long term perspective, we endeavor to constantly return profits and pay out dividends based on our consolidated performance. In specific terms, we aim to maintain a consolidated dividend payout ratio of at least 25% and a DOE (dividend on equity) of at least 2%.
We use retained earnings to vigorously undertake loan and investment activities in a bid to accelerate efforts aimed at realizing a robust business portfolio and targeting further growth and expansion. At the same time, we engage in a wide range of activities including research and development to create innovative new technologies and to improve our business performance.