The following is a summary of risks that could affect the LINTEC Group's operations. This summary provides specific examples of major risks that are anticipated, but it does not include all risks.
1. Changes in Economic Conditions
The Group's operations include development in a wide range of industries. Therefore, domestic and overseas economic conditions affect the Group's operations directly and indirectly. As a result, future trends in economic conditions could affect the Group's business results.
Further, world trends in the electronics industry affect the Group's new businesses in the field of electronics-related products. Future electronics industry trends could affect the Group's business results.
2. Changes in Selling Prices
Due to intense competition in both the domestic and overseas markets in which the Group operates, the Group may be unable to maintain selling prices to preserve sufficient earnings or sales share.
Furthermore, the Group's business results could be affected by difficulties related to cost reductions aimed at maintaining profits and recovering its share by refining customer services.
3. Changes in Raw Material Prices
The Group uses a great deal of pulp for paper, petrochemical products, and other raw materials and fuels. The prices of these materials and fuels fluctuate in accordance with market conditions, such as inventories and the supply-demand balance. The Group purchases raw materials in light of careful monitoring of market trends. However, a dramatic change in raw material prices could affect the Group's business results.
4. Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates
The Group conducts foreign currency-denominated procurement and sales overseas as well as finance transactions between both domestic and overseas Group companies. Therefore, changes in foreign exchange rates could affect the Group's business results.
5. Overseas Operations
The Group conducts manufacturing and business operations in markets worldwide. In these countries, the following events could affect the Group's business results.
- Political instability or a deterioration in security due to such factors as terrorism, a political change, or a coup d'etat
- Labor disputes, such as those involving strikes or boycotts
- Infrastructure failures, such as those related to electric power, water, or communications
- Outbreaks of contagious diseases
- Unpredictable changes in laws and regulations, such as those involving tax systems, foreign exchange, or customs
- Problems arising between the Group and its business associates or in the collection of accounts receivable due to differences in cultures or business practices
6. New Product Development
The Group pursues R&D activities with a view to realizing comprehensive technological capabilities that cater to market demand and bringing to market competitive, high-value-added products. Accordingly, the Group is stepping up allocations of management resources to increase its number of researchers and to pursue such initiatives as joint research with other companies and academic institutions.
However, there is no guarantee that such investment of management resources in R&D will result in the development of new products or increase operating income. Due to such factors as extended development periods, it could become necessary to discontinue development, and if product development costs cannot be recovered, it could affect the Group's business results.
7. Intellectual Property Rights
The Group takes necessary measures to protect intellectual property rights in Japan and overseas for various original production technologies that it has developed. However, legal measures alone do not provide complete protection, possibly preventing the Group from effectively protecting the rights it has obtained. Furthermore, in the event that a lawsuit is filed by a third party regarding intellectual property rights infringement associated with the Group's products, the Group's business results could be affected.
8. Significant Lawsuits
In conducting business in Japan and overseas, the Group may be subject to lawsuits or other claims related to product liability, environmental, or intellectual property rights issues. Lawsuits or claims, depending on their content, could affect the Group's business results.
9. Legal and Regulatory Systems
In the countries in which it conducts business operations, the Group is subject to various legal and regulatory systems, and the Group is working to ensure rigorous compliance with these systems. In the event that the systems are strengthened or changed, the Group's business activities could be restricted or the Group's business results could be affected.