newratings.com  Jan 13  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Global investment firm KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR) said that HK Holdings Co., Ltd. or the "Bidder", an entity owned by investment funds controlled by KKR, plans to make a tender offer for all the existing common shares and stock...
New York Times  Jan 13  Comment 
The U.S. private equity firm said on Friday it had agreed to buy Hitachi Koki, its second billion-dollar deal in Japan in three months.
Forbes  Jan 3  Comment 
Digital transformation sits atop the strategic agenda for enterprises, according to a Forbes Insights and Hitachi survey of 573 top executives worldwide. (See the full report, “How to Win at Digital Transformation: Insights From a Global Survey...
newratings.com  Dec 28  Comment 
VIENNA (dpa-AFX) - Hitachi Ltd. (HTHIF.PK, HTHIY.PK) announced the company is considering the growth strategy for Hitachi Koki, including transfer of the shares of Hitachi Koki. Hitachi issued the statement in response to media reports regarding...
The Hindu Business Line  Dec 28  Comment 
Japan’s Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning in thin end-of-year trade, while Toshiba Corp tumbled 20 per cent on continued concerns about posting a big special loss. The Nikkei was b...
Reuters  Dec 27  Comment 
Hitachi Ltd said on Wednesday it was considering selling Hitachi Koki Co, after a media report that it was in talks to offload the power tools unit to KKR & Co for more than...
Reuters  Dec 27  Comment 
Trade in Hitachi Koki Co shares was suspended by the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning after a report that private equity firm KKR & Co will buy the Japanese power...
Reuters  Dec 15  Comment 
The Japanese government and a Hitachi Ltd unit will compile a package worth around 1 trillion yen ($8.5 billion) for a UK nuclear power plant project, a government official involved in the project said on Thursday.
guardian.co.uk  Dec 12  Comment 
I write regarding Hitachi Rail Europe’s first Intercity Express train to be built in the UK (Report, 9 December). This train might well be “put together in the UK”, but many of its components are made in Japan and elsewhere. Perhaps it might...


Hitachi, Ltd. (HIT), a Tokyo-based global conglomerate, has a highly diversified product mix ranging from consumer electronic products to power plants and electronic devices. Hitachi's emphasis on research and development (R&D) and its application of a wide range of advanced technologies for this purpose, makes it one of the world s largest manufacturers of electronic products. The company operates through seven industry segments. These segments include Power & Industrial Systems (25.6% of 2006 revenue), Information & Telecommunications Systems (21.0%), High Functional Materials & Components (15.2%), Digital Media & Consumer Products (12.8%), Logistics, Electronic Devices (10.9%), Services, & Others (10.3%), and Financial Services (4.2%).

Hitachi operates on a global scale with more than one-third of its business conducted overseas, as indicated by its sources of revenue for fiscal year 2006, ended March 2007. The company generated 59.5% from Japan, 18.1% from Asia, 10.3% from North America, 8.5% from Europe, and 3.6% from other areas. Employing more than 356,000 people worldwide, Hitachi distributes its products in Japan (primarily through its own sales network) and uses overseas sales subsidiaries, joint-venture companies, and unaffiliated distributors for international marketing. Hitachi currently has 920 consolidated subsidiaries and 165 equity-method affiliates. The company's total assets as of March 31, 2007 were $90,259.1 million, compared to $85,221.5 as on March 31, 2006.

Hitachi faces several challenges such as globalization of some of its markets, commoditization of some of its products, stagnation in some industries, fluctuation in exchange rates, and an interest rate hike in China, where Hitachi is expanding its business. To combat the pressure, the company is closing or downsizing unprofitable operations where feasible, seeking joint ventures with competitors, reallocating employees from overstaffed businesses to growth businesses, reorganizing the geographical allocation of its manufacturing facilities, and emphasizing the development of cutting-edge technology. Despite its recent progress and a promising future, Hitachi will have to resolve these key issues before the shares become more attractive.


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