Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President and CEO: Koji Fujiwara), a consolidated subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.; Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (President and COO: Masahiro Yamashita); UC Card Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Nobuaki Kitajima); and Qubitous Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Keitaro Shigemasa) have concluded an agreement to dissolve ("this Dissolution Agreement") the Comprehensive Strategic Business Alliance Agreement ("the Alliance") and have concluded other contracts as outlined below. This follows the conclusion on February 22, 2019 of a Basic Agreement regarding the Termination of the Comprehensive Strategic Business Alliance Agreement ("Basic Agreement") between Mizuho Bank and Credit Saison.
◆Basic Agreement dated February 22, 2019
Parties to this agreement: Mizuho Bank, Credit Saison
This Basic Agreement is based on the contract below.
–Comprehensive Strategic Business Alliance Agreement dated December 24, 2004 (including all amendments thereafter)
Parties to this agreement: Mizuho Bank, Credit Saison, UC Card
This agreement was later amended to add Qubitous as an additional party.
- Rationale for this Dissolution Agreement
In light of changes in the business environment surrounding the credit card industry, Mizuho Bank concluded this Dissolution Agreement in order to respond to these changes and transition to a relationship where all parties can better maximize their strengths and proactively grow their businesses. This follows the conclusion on February 22, 2019 of a Basic Agreement regarding the Termination of the Comprehensive Strategic Business Alliance Agreement.
Although the Alliance will be dissolved on October 1, 2019, Mizuho Bank will continue to maintain a cooperative business relationship with Credit Saison.
- Other contracts concluded
- (1)Contract regarding the absorption–type corporate break–up of Qubitous, with UC card–related business domains being absorbed by UC Card.
- (2)Contract regarding the transfer of Mizuho Bank's shareholdings in Qubitous to Credit Saison.
- (3)Contract regarding the transfer of Credit Saison's shareholdings in UC Card to UC Card.
- Planned timeline for the dissolution of the Alliance
Resolution at the UC Card General Meeting of Shareholders regarding the corporate break–up of Qubitous: September 11, 2019
Resolution at the Qubitous General Meeting of Shareholders regarding the corporate break–up of Qubitous: September 11, 2019
Dissolution of the Alliance (effective date): October 1, 2019
Corporate break–up stipulated in 2.(1) and transfer of shareholdings stipulated in 2.(2) and (3) (effective date): October 1, 2019 (same date as above)
- Financial outlook
We do not anticipate a significant impact on either consolidated or non–consolidated financial results in the current fiscal year. We are currently examining the potential impact that the dissolution of the Alliance may have on consolidated and non–consolidated financial results in the next fiscal year and beyond.
We will promptly disclose any further updates regarding this topic which are subject to disclosure.