Asset Value Investors ("AVI") launched a public campaign on the submission of its shareholder proposals to NS Solutions (TYO 2327, "NSSOL"), a subsidiary of Nippon Steel Corporation (TYO 5401, "Nippon Steel").
AVI owns 1.2% of voting rights of NSSOL. Having first invested in March 2020, the team has now concluded that a continued approach of constructive private dialogue has no prospects of success.
A detailed presentation has been published on AVI's dedicated website - www.takingNSSOLtothenextlevel.com
AVI identified the following issues:
Joe Bauernfreund, CEO of AVI, comments: "NS Solutions must take steps to achieve the highest standards of corporate governance and capital discipline that a Prime Market publicly traded company should uphold, and to address its undervaluation.
"As the controlling shareholder, Nippon Steel has an obligation to ensure that NS Solutions is managed for the benefit of all stakeholders. Nippon Steel has the power to hold NSSOL's board to account and call on NSSOL to address poor employee welfare and its discounted valuation."
Despite regular private dialogue, the Board of Directors of NSSOL have ignored AVI's recommendations and failed to put forward remedial solutions.
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Notes to editors
AVI is a London-based investment management company that has been investing in Japanese equities for more than 20 years. AVI was established in 1985 and has been investing in the equity markets for more than 35 years. AVI's investment team is committed to contributing to sustainable improvements in corporate value by engaging with the management teams of its portfolio companies, with approximately ¥78bn invested in Japanese equities.