Rakuten Reports Consolidated Financial Results (IFRS) for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2013

Rakuten Reports Consolidated Financial Results (IFRS) for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2013

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rakuten, Inc. (TSE JASDAQ:4755) today announced consolidated financial reports (IFRS) for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The Rakuten Group achieved revenue of ¥240,880 million, a 32.9% year-on-year increase, in the first half of the current fiscal year. Operating income grew 26.0% year on year to ¥47,576 million, and net income attributable to owners of the company amounted to ¥25,616 million, up 18.9% compared to the same period in the previous year.


Qualitative Information, Financial Statements, etc.

1. Qualitative Information Concerning Consolidated Business Results

(1) Business Results for the Second Quarter of the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2013

In the world economy during the first half of the current fiscal year (January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013), the European debt crisis and a slowdown in economic growth in newly developing regions continued to pose risks of an economic downturn. Meanwhile, in the Japanese economy, the recovery trend has been strong, as consumer sentiment recovered and business confidence of companies improved with the background of a rise in stock prices, in response to monetary easing measures and other factors.

Under such an environment, the Rakuten Group enhanced its services for smartphones, tablet devices and other smart devices, whose users have been increasing in number at exponential rates, engaged in marketing utilizing big data, and promoted Rakuten Ichiba's B2B2C marketplace model to the world, mainly through large-scale sales events such as the "Rakuten Super Sale". We also worked on enhancing logistics services through "Rakuten Super Logistics", our logistics agency services for corporate clients. In the Internet Finance business segment, we aggressively expanded the business centering on Rakuten Card, which has notable synergies with Internet Services. The revitalization of the financial market also contributed to the growth in profits of the finance business during the first half of the current fiscal year. Through these and other measures, the "Rakuten Eco-System" continues to show solid expansion and growth.

(Millions of yen)

  

Six months ended
June 30, 2012

 

Six months ended
June 30, 2013

 

Amount Change
YoY

 

% Change
YoY

Revenue181,249240,88059,63132.9%
Operating income37,75447,5769,82226.0%

Net income
(Attributable to owners of
the parent company)

 21,547 25,616 4,069 18.9%
 

(2) Segment Information

Business results for each segment are as follows:

Internet Services

In the Internet Services segment during the first half of the current fiscal year, Rakuten actively worked on strengthening its services for smart devices, promoting personalized marketing utilizing big data, and running large-scale sales events such as the "Rakuten Super Sale", among other initiatives in its core "Rakuten Ichiba" service. We also strove to enhance our logistics services in line with the B2B2C marketplace model through "Rakuten Super Logistics" and among other services. As a result of these efforts, we saw strong performance in the number of unique buyers and orders. Domestic e-commerce gross merchandise sales rose by 15.9% over the same period in the previous year, and we continued to maintain a high level of growth. In Travel services, leisure travel sales were strong, and we pursued a more diversified earnings base through efforts such as the single payment service for corporate hotel reservations, resulting in a 13.0% year-on-year increase in gross transaction value.

At its overseas ventures, Rakuten focused on marketplace-model services while also horizontally rolling out a range of strategic expertise including the points program and the "Rakuten Super Sale", which have proven successful in Japan. Consequently, gross merchandise sales for these services have grown and are contributing to the expansion of operations.

As a result, revenue in the Internet Services segment climbed 19.5% year-on-year to ¥141,915 million. While profit from existing businesses continue to grow, the segment profit declined 4.8% year-on-year to ¥27,547 million as a result of continued investments in future growth fields.

(Millions of yen)

  Six months ended

June 30, 2012

 Six months ended

June 30, 2013

 Amount Change

YoY

 % Change

YoY

Segment Revenue118,713141,91523,20219.5%
Segment Profit 28,949 27,547 (1,402) (4.8)%
 

Internet Finance

In the Internet Finance segment during the first half of the current fiscal year, the shopping transaction value for credit card and related services rose 37.8% over the same period in the previous year, accompanying an increase in Rakuten Card membership. Moreover, a solid rise in the revolving shopping balance resulted in a rise in commission income, continuing notable growth in profit. In securities services, revenue and profit grew substantially, including a 259.6% increase over the same period of the previous year in proceeds from domestic stock trading, supported by the revitalization of the financial market. In banking services, solid growth in loan balances led to increased interest income from loans.

As a result of the above, the Internet Finance segment recorded ¥97,866 million in revenue, a 66.5% year-on-year increase, while segment profit grew 161.4% year on year to ¥21,582 million.

(Millions of yen)

  Six months ended

June 30, 2012

 

Six months ended

June 30, 2013

 Amount Change

YoY

 % Change

YoY

Segment Revenue58,79397,86639,07366.5%
Segment Profit 8,258 21,582 13,324 161.4%
 

Others

In the Others segment during the first half of the current fiscal year, operating income remained strong in telecommunications services due to the growth of cloud services and call services for smartphones, in addition to improvements in management efficiency. The professional sports division marked record high annual season ticket sales thanks to the strong performance of the baseball team.

As a result, revenue in the segment was ¥16,082 million, a 1.5% year-on-year decrease, while segment profit was ¥1,630 million, a 56.8% year-on-year increase.

(Millions of yen)

  Six months ended

June 30, 2012

 Six months ended

June 30, 2013

 Amount Change

YoY

 % Change

YoY

Segment Revenue16,31916,082(237)(1.5)%
Segment Profit (Loss) 1,039 1,630 591 56.8%
 

2. Qualitative Information about Consolidated Business Forecasts

In the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, we anticipate further expansion in the use of our services in Japan including e-commerce and travel, resulting in continued high growth. In financial services, although there will be a certain degree of impact from financial conditions, we anticipate a continuous growth in revenue created from synergies within the Rakuten Group. Aiming for an early return in income, Rakuten will continue to make strategic allocations of corporate resources and active investments in high-growth areas such as e-books, in order to generate more mid-to-long-term revenue opportunities.

While making these forward-looking investments, Rakuten intends to surpass its previous fiscal year's financial results in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

Rakuten, Inc. and its subsidiaries do not disclose earnings forecasts as these business operations include an Internet service business characterized by high uncertainty and financial related businesses such as securities business whose results heavily depend on highly volatile markets. This precludes us from making earnings forecasts.

3. Matters regarding summary information (Others)

(1) Changes in significant subsidiaries during the current period

No items to report.

(2) Outline of changes in accounting policies and accounting estimates

(Changes in accounting policies as required under IFRS)

Apart from the cases stated as follows, significant accounting policies adopted by the Group in this summary of consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2013 basically remain the same as those adopted in the consolidated financial statements for the previous fiscal year. In addition, income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2013 is calculated based upon estimated annual effective tax rate.

Impact from the adoption of the new accounting standards

The Group started to adopt following accounting standards from the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

 
IFRS Newly established or revised contents
IFRS 13  Fair value measurement

Guidance of fair value measurements, which are
required in other standards

IFRS 7  

Financial instruments: disclosures
(Amended Dec. 2011)

 

New disclosure for evaluation of the effect and
potential effect of offsetting arrangements on an
entity's financial position

 

These standards have been adopted in accordance with their respective transitional provisions, and the adoption of above standards has no significant impact on the six months ended June 30, 2013.

 

Notes

(1) Changes in significant subsidiaries during the current period

(Changes in specified subsidiaries resulting in change in scope of consolidation): No

New - (Company name - )

Excluded - (Company name - )

(2) Changes in accounting policies and changes in accounting estimates
1. Changes in accounting policies as required under IFRS: Yes
2. Changes in accounting policies due to other reasons: No
3. Changes in accounting estimates: No
(3) Number of shares issued (Common stock)
1. Total number of shares issued at the end of the period (including treasury stocks)
1,322,101,200 shares (As of June 30, 2013)
1,320,626,600 shares (As of December 31, 2012)
2. Number of treasury stocks at the end of the period
6,087,089 shares (As of June 30, 2013)
6,007,996 shares (As of December 31, 2012)
3. Average number of shares during the period (cumulative from the beginning of the period)
1,315,045,254 shares (Six months ended June 30, 2013)
1,313,700,076 shares (Six months ended June 30, 2012)
(Note) Rakuten, Inc. made a 100-for-1 stock split regarding shares of its common stock on July 1, 2012. Average number of shares during the period is calculated under the assumption that the stock split took effect at the beginning of the previous fiscal year.
 

Indication regarding execution of quarterly review procedures

  • This quarterly financial report is not intended for the quarterly review based on the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. At the time of disclosure of this quarterly financial results report, the review procedures for quarterly consolidated financial statements in accordance with the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act are not completed

Explanation about the appropriate use of earnings forecasts, and other special matters

  • The Rakuten Group adopted IFRS for the first time in the year ending December 31, 2012, and from the previous year (December 2012 period) we disclosed consolidated financial statements in conformity with IFRS.
  • Rakuten, Inc. and its subsidiaries do not disclose earnings forecasts as these business operations include an Internet service business characterized by high uncertainty and financial related businesses such as securities business whose results heavily depend on highly volatile markets. This precludes us from making earnings forecasts.

The above information was originally prepared and published by the Company in Japanese as it contains timely disclosure materials to be submitted to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This English summary translation is for your convenience only. To the extent there is any discrepancy between this English translation and the original Japanese version, please refer to the Japanese version. The following financial information was prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

*The full report is available at:
http://global.rakuten.com/corp/investors/documents/pdf/13Q2tanshin_E.pdf

About Rakuten

Rakuten, Inc. (TSE JASDAQ:4755), is one of the world's leading Internet service companies, providing a variety of consumer- and business-focused services including e-commerce, eBooks & eReading, travel, banking, securities, credit card, insurance, e-money, portal and media, online marketing, logistics and professional sports. Selected by Forbes as 7th among the World's Most Innovative Companies of 2012, Rakuten is expanding globally and currently has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Founded in 1997, Rakuten is headquartered in Tokyo, with over 10,000 employees and partner staff worldwide. For more information, visit http://global.rakuten.com/corp/.



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