TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As previously announced in the February 2, 2018 release titled "Notice of Execution of Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Alliance by a Consolidated Subsidiary and Prospect of Change to Subsidiary," LINE MOBILE Corporation (hereinafter "LINE MOBILE"), a consolidated subsidiary of LINE Corporation (hereinafter the "Company"), hereby announces that today it has executed an agreement with SoftBank Corp. (hereinafter "SoftBank") regarding a capital alliance wherein SoftBank will underwrite a third-party allocation of new shares to increase LINE MOBILE’s capital, as well as a partnership for promoting the MVNO business (hereinafter the "Alliance Agreement").
1. Overview of the Alliance Agreement
(1) Details concerning partnership
The two companies will work together to grow and expand the LINE MOBILE telecommunications service by applying SoftBank's experience. as a comprehensive telecommunications business operator to the service model that LINE MOBILE has built since the launch of the MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) service in September 2016.
(2) Details concerning capital alliance
SoftBank will underwrite LINE MOBILE's issuance shares using the third party allocation method.
(i) Status of shares held by the Company before and after the third-party allocation of shares to increase capital
|(1)||Number of shares held before change||342,000 shares (100%)|
|(2)||Number of shares held after change||342,000 shares (49%)|
(ii) Schedule of third-party allocation of shares to increase capital
|(1)||Date of agreement execution||March 20, 2018|
|(2)||Date of capital increase||April 2, 2018 (tentative)|
2. Future Projections
After the procedures for the third party allocation of new shares to increase capital accompanying this capital alliance are completed, LINE MOBILE is planned to change from a consolidated subsidiary to an equity-method affiliate of the Company.
The effects on the Company's consolidated earnings for the 2018 fiscal year (ending December 2018) are undetermined. An announcement will be made once determined.
The Company has announced further details concerning the Memorandum of Understanding for this Alliance in the press release titled "LINE MOBILE and SoftBank Execute a Capital Alliance and Partnership to Further Grow the LINE MOBILE MVNO Business" (https://linecorp.com/ja/pr/news/en/2018/2096) released today.
This is an English translation of the original Japanese-language document. Should there be any inconsistency between the translation and the original Japanese text, the latter shall prevail.