Shimano – Cycling is Booming

Shimano 1-Year Chart 2021Shimano Inc. (7309.T) is a Japanese premium parts giant for bicycle components, fishing tackles, and rowing equipment. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is on Forbes’ Global 2000 list. Shimano operates in three business segments. Bicycle components, including freewheels, front gears, transmissions, brakes, and other bicycle components, account for 80 percent of the revenues and 83 percent of the profits. Continue reading “Shimano – Cycling is Booming”

Seven & i – Convenience is King

Seven 1-Year Chart_2021Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd. (3382.T) is the world’s largest convenience store operator and the fifteenth largest retailer in the world. Besides its popular 7-Eleven convenience stores, the company operates superstores, department stores (SOGO & SEIBU), specialty stores, and payment and financial services. Seven & i Holdings operates today more than 70 thousand stores in 18 countries. The company is on Forbes’ Global 2000 list. Continue reading “Seven & i – Convenience is King”

Rakuten – Underestimated Potential?

Rakuten 1-Year Chart_2021Rakuten, Inc. (4755.T) is the sixth-largest e-commerce company in the world and is often referred to as ‘the Amazon of Japan.’ Besides e-commerce, the company has built up a comprehensive ecosystem that includes travel, advertising, membership cards, sport and event management, bank, securities trading, insurances, communication and messaging services, TV, digital content, and many more services. Rakuten runs a sophisticated loyalty program that encourages customers to cross-use all services in this ecosystem. Continue reading “Rakuten – Underestimated Potential?”

Nintendo – Gaining Cult Status

Nintendo 1-Year Chart_2020Nintendo Co. Ltd. (7974.T) is one of the most recognizable brands in gaming. The company is both a developer and publisher of video games and a manufacturer of home and handheld game consoles. Nintendo started some 130 years ago with handmade Japanese playing cards and is today among the top three video game makers globally and number one of game console sales. Continue reading “Nintendo – Gaining Cult Status”