The following risks may have a material impact on Tokyo Electron's business performance, stock price, or financial position.
1. Impact from Changes in the Semiconductor Market
Tokyo Electron has achieved a high profit margin by concentrating resources in high-tech fields, including semiconductor production equipment, where technological innovation is rapid but Tokyo Electron can effectively use its strengths. Although technological change is responsible for the semiconductor market's rapid growth, Tokyo Electron has actively undertaken structural reforms to be able to generate profits under any circumstances, including when the market contracts temporarily due to imbalance of supply and demand. However, order cancellations, excess capacity and personnel and increased inventories resulting from an unexpectedly large market contraction, losses from bad debts resulting from the worsening of a customer's financial position, and supply shortages resulting from the worsening of a supplier's management situation, could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance considerably.
2. Impact from Concentration of Transactions on Particular Customers
Tokyo Electron has been successful at increasing transactions with the leading semiconductor manufacturers worldwide, including those in Japan, through the provision of products featuring outstanding, cutting-edge technology and of services offering a high level of customer satisfaction. However, Tokyo Electron's sales may from time to time be temporarily concentrated on particular customers due to the timing of large capital investments of major semiconductor manufacturers. The resulting escalation in sales competition could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance.
3. Impact from Research and Development
Through ongoing and proactive R&D investment and activities in cutting-edge technologies-miniaturization, vacuum, plasma, thermal processing, coating/developing, cleaning, wafer-transfer and clean technologies-Tokyo Electron has created advanced technologies. At the same time, by quickly bringing to market new products incorporating these technologies, Tokyo Electron has successfully captured a high market share in each of the product fields it has entered and generated a high profit margin. However, delays in the launch of new products and other factors could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance.
4. Safety-related Impact
Tokyo Electron's basic philosophy is to always bear in mind safety and health in the execution of business activities, including development, manufacturing, sales, services and management. In accordance with this philosophy, Tokyo Electron works actively and continuously to improve the safety of its products and to eliminate any harmful impact on health. However, harm to customers, order cancellations or other circumstances resulting from safety or other problems related to Tokyo Electron's products could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance.
5. Impact from Quality Issues
Tokyo Electron actively develops outstanding, cutting-edge technologies for incorporation in new products that are brought quickly to market. At the same time, Tokyo Electron works to establish a quality assurance system, efforts that include obtaining ISO 9001 certification, as well as to establish a world-class service system. These actions have resulted in a large number of customers adopting Tokyo Electron's products. However, because Tokyo Electron's products are based on cutting-edge technologies, and due to other factors, many of the technologies developed are in unfamiliar fields. The occurrence of unforeseen defects or other issues could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance.
6. Impact of Intellectual Property Rights
In order to distinguish its products and make them more competitive, Tokyo Electron has promoted its R&D strategy for the early development of cutting-edge technologies together with its business and intellectual property strategies. This approach has enabled Tokyo Electron to obtain sole possession of many proprietary technologies that have been instrumental to the Company's ability to capture a high market share and generate high profit margins in each of its product fields. Tokyo Electron's products incorporate and optimize many of these proprietary cutting-edge technologies. There may be cases in which, by avoiding the use of third-party technologies and intellectual property rights, Tokyo Electron's business performance could be adversely affected.
7. Impact of Fluctuating Foreign Exchange Rates
Success in the development of overseas operations has increased the share of sales generated overseas. As a rule, Tokyo Electron conducts export transactions on a yen basis to avert exposure to foreign currency risks. However, some exports are denominated in foreign currencies. In these cases, Tokyo Electron hedges foreign currency risk by using a forward foreign exchange contract when an order is received or by other means. However, foreign exchange rate risks can arise from fluctuations in prices due to sudden foreign exchange movements, which could have an indirect adverse effect on Tokyo Electron's business performance.
8. Influence of Corporate Acquisitions
As part of its business strategy, Tokyo Electron conducts corporate acquisitions in order to expand into new business areas, secure new technologies and business platforms, and strengthen the competitiveness of existing businesses. The Company conducts due diligence and carefully deliberates each specific acquisition. However, in the event that the results following an acquisition do not meet expectations, Tokyo Electron's business performance could be adversely affected.
9. Impact from Major Lawsuits or Legal Actions
Tokyo Electron is not currently involved in any lawsuits or other legal actions that are likely to significantly influence its business results. However, in the event that the Company’s business or other activities become the subject of a major lawsuit or other legal action, depending on the outcome of such action, Tokyo Electron’s business results could be adversely affected.
10. Other Risks
Tokyo Electron is actively engaged in reforming its corporate structure so that it can generate profits even when markets contract. These reforms have entailed creating new high-growth and high-return businesses and pursuing higher earnings from existing businesses. At the same time, Tokyo Electron has promoted activities to preserve the environment and worked to restructure its compliance, risk management and information security management systems. However, as long as it conducts business activities, as with peer companies or companies in different industries, Tokyo Electron is subject to the effect of many other factors. These include the world and regional economic environments, natural disasters, war, terrorism, infectious diseases and other unavoidable occurrences, financial or stock markets, government or other regulations, supply chains, market conditions for products and real estate, the ability to recruit personnel in Japan and overseas, competition over standardization, and loss of key personnel. Any of these factors could adversely affect Tokyo Electron's business performance.