The Lion Group's management performance and financial status may be adversely affected by various risks as business activities are pursued in the future. Of these risks, the following items, in particular, may have a material impact on the decisions of investors.
Forward-looking statements are based on decisions made by the Lion Group.
Business risks are not limited to the items listed below.
(1) Product quality and value
The Lion Group plans, develops, produces, and sells products under management based on international quality standards while strictly following related laws and regulations, such as the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act, to provide worry-free, safe, convenient, and environmentally conscious products to consumers. In addition, we use consumers' opinions received through our Consumer Service Office to improve our products and packaging as well as respective displays and text.
In the event of an unforeseen and serious problem with product quality, however, the affected product and all products made by the Lion Group may lose their perceived value. This may adversely affect the Lion Group's management performance and financial status.
(2) Changes in raw material prices
The Lion Group's products use petrochemical and vegetable oils and fats as basic materials. Since these materials are easily affected by international market prices, we have measures in place to reduce costs and diversify the range of materials used. However, an increase in raw material prices may adversely affect the Lion Group's management performance and financial status.
(3) Exchange rate fluctuations
The Lion Group translates into yen the financial statements of overseas subsidiaries when preparing consolidated financial statements. For items denominated in foreign currency, their yen values may be affected by prevailing foreign exchange rates when translated into yen. The Lion Group has taken steps to minimize the risk of an increase in raw material costs by hedging against exchange rate fluctuations.
However, short-, medium-, and long-term changes in foreign exchange rates may adversely affect the Lion Group's management performance and financial status.
(4) Major lawsuits
As of December 31, 2015, Lion is not involved in any lawsuits that may have significant impact on its business. However, if the Lion Group were to be successfully sued for significant damages, these could adversely affect the Lion Group's management performance and financial status.
(5) Earthquakes and other natural disasters
In the product manufacturing process, the Lion Group has put in place safety measures against earthquakes and other natural disasters. In the event of a major disaster, however, our production equipment may be damaged, or a suspension of raw materials procurement or distribution activities may cause business activities to cease, adversely affecting the Lion Group's management performance and financial status.