Risk factors that may affect the Tokyo Seimitsu Group‘s business results, financial position, cash flows and other performance indicators are described below. The Group is endeavoring to avert these risks and to reduce potential risks by hedging and diversifying. The Tokyo Seimitsu Group judged the following as risk factors at March, 2018 under review, but these do not encompass all risks to which the Group's operations may be exposed.
Fluctuations in market conditions
The Tokyo Seimitsu Group conducts SPE business and Metrology business on a global scale, with the scope of operations including Japan, Europe, USA and Asia. Both of these business areas, as promising sectors in the development of an advanced information society, are expected to continue to grow. However, if the
supply-demand balance is disturbed or economic conditions deteriorate in the markets of each business area, the Group's business performance could be adversely affected.
Exchange rate fluctuations
In principle, the Tokyo Seimitsu Group's overseas sales are made on a Japanese Yen basis. However, transactions are carried out in US dollars with customers in the United States and/or some other regions and customers. In the event of unforeseen exchange rate fluctuations, the Group's business results may be influenced.
Natural disasters and accidental disasters
In order to minimize damage caused by a possible interruption of production activities, the Tokyo Seimitsu Group regularly conducts disaster prevention inspections and carries out production facility maintenance.
Capital investment is also made to secure the safety of the facilities. Nevertheless, a sudden calamity, natural disaster or unforeseen accident could damage production facilities or interrupt operations, greatly impacting the Group's business performance.
It is essential for our production activities to procure high quality materials and services in a timely and proper manner from outside parties. Although the Tokyo Seimitsu Group operates under a multiple source procurement system, the Group's business performance could be impacted due to the shortage of supply or delivery delay because some of the materials can be procured by some limited suppliers or it may become very difficult to change supplier due to the peculiarity. Also, the surge of materials and services' prices from the change of supply-demand could affect the Group's business performance.
Several environmental regulations for water or air pollution prevention, industrial waste, energy, global warming and chemical substances in products are applicable to the Tokyo Seimitsu Group in both Japan and overseas. The Group takes several measures in product development and manufacturing in order to reduce the impact to the environment and to comply with the related regulations. However, if these measures do not achieve the expected results or regulations and their enforcement are changed or become stricter, the Group's business performance could be adversely affected with limited production activities and increased costs incurred to comply with regulations.
The Tokyo Seimitsu Group is engaged in business in various parts of the world and is operating at the optimum level within each country's political and legal system. However, unexpected changes in the political system or regulations in each country could have influence on the Group's business performance. Furthermore, terrorist attacks, wars, infectious diseases in counties or regions where the Group operates could have impact on its business results.
Protection of intellectual property rights
The Tokyo Seimitsu Group's SPE and Metrology Equipment embody cutting edge technologies. Particular attention is paid to the protection of rights related to these technologies. Specifically, the Group has taken
measures to defend its interest with regard to such matters as attribution of patent-related rights and protection of trademarks and brands. However, if a lawsuit or other legal dispute with a third party in Japan or overseas were to arise concerning rights, the Group's business performance could be affected.
New technologies are developed on nearly a daily basis in the business areas of the Tokyo Seimitsu Group. To develop state-of-the-art technologies and provide new products are essential in maintaining and strengthening the Group's competitiveness. However, there is no guarantee that the Group's research and development activities will always be successful. A failed in R&D and commercialization effort might impact the Group's business performance.
Risk related to product quality
The Tokyo Seimitsu Group prioritizes in improving quality and reliability of both products and service activities. However, if unexpected quality-related failure occurs, the expenditure to resolve such failure might impact the Group's business performance.
The Tokyo Seimitsu Group may acquire customer's confidential information or personal information, and the Groupʻs confidential information related to technologies, sales and others. The Group pays special attention to this confidential information to prevent the leak of information and falsification. However, it could be possible to have information leak or falsification due to unforeseen events such as errors, information theft or outside attack. The Groupʼs business performance could be impacted if those unforeseen events occur and the Group incurs liability costs as a result.