TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. (together with the funds it manages, “3D”), one of Sapporo’s largest shareholders, today sent an open letter to shareholders of Sapporo Holdings Limited (“Sapporo” or the “Company”) (2501.T).
In the letter, 3D notes that Sapporo has seriously undermanaged its potential and failed to create corporate value. Especially, Sapporo's management has allowed brand value to dissipate for many years. Sapporo’s Medium-Term Management Plan fails to address these issues and instead seeks to divert attention from Sapporo’s long-running failure to capitalize on its iconic alcoholic beverage brands by repositioning the Company’s real estate development activities as a “core” business.
We believe that Sapporo’s real estate business has structural problems that allow management to be lax and neglect the underperformance of the alcoholic beverage business.
3D does not believe Sapporo or its stakeholders should be satisfied with the continued poor performance of the alcoholic beverages business, nor should Sapporo focus on real estate simply because the current management has been unable to fix Sapporo’s ailing alcoholic beverages business.
Furthermore, we are concerned that Sapporo’s Board is ill-suited to the task of addressing Sapporo’s challenges and opportunities.
In the letter, 3D asks for shareholders to share their perspectives on Sapporo so that 3D may continue to engage in constructive dialogue with the Company to drive change and create corporate value.
The full letter link:
About 3D Investment Partners Pte.
3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. is an independent Singapore-based Japan focused value investing fund manager founded in 2015. 3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. focuses on partnering with managements who share its investment philosophy of medium- to long-term value creation through compound capital growth and a common objective of achieving long-term returns.
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3D Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. and its affiliates and their related persons (“3DIP”) believe that current market price of Sapporo does not reflect its intrinsic value. 3DIP acquired beneficially and/or economic interest based on its own idea that Sapporo securities have been undervalued and provides attractive investment opportunity and may in the future beneficially own and/or have an economic interest in, Sapporo securities. 3DIP intends to review its investments in the Sapporo on a continuing basis and, depending upon various factors including, without limitation, the Sapporo's financial position and strategic direction, the outcome of any discussions with Sapporo, overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available to 3DIP, and the availability of Sapporo securities at prices that would make the purchase or sale of Sapporo securities desirable, 3DIP may, from time to time (in the open market or in private transactions), buy, sell, cover, hedge, or otherwise change the form or substance of any of its investments (including the investment in Sapporo securities) to any degree in any manner permitted by any applicable law, and expressly disclaims any obligation to notify others of any such changes.
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