Japan Today  Apr 17  Comment 
Mitsui & Co is looking to sell its stakes in UK power assets including First Hydro Company and four fossil fuel plants, two sources familiar with the matter say. The sources said Mitsui had mandated Rothschild to manage the sales. Both...
Reuters  Mar 31  Comment 
Brazil's Vale SA, the world's No. 2 mining company, said on Thursday that partner Mitsui & Co Ltd has no plans to revise the terms of a coal venture project in...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 23  Comment 
Mitsui said that $2.3 billion in write-downs would result in the first annual loss in its 69-year history, as a global commodity slump takes a toll on Japanese trading houses.
Reuters  Mar 23  Comment 
* Partner Mitsui books $356 mln impairment (Adds Mitsui impairment)
The Economic Times  Mar 1  Comment 
SMBC reduced its stake by 1.78 per cent in the Indian private sector lender. As of December 2015, SMBC held 3.58 per cent stake in the Bank.
Biomass Magazine  Feb 15  Comment 
BioAmber Inc. has annoucned that Mitsui & Co. Ltd., its partner in the Sarnia, Ontario, biobased succinic acid plant, is investing an additional CDN$25 million (USD$18.07 million) in the joint venture for for 10 percent of the equity,
Insurance Journal  Feb 2  Comment 
Lloyd’s of London insurer Amlin plc announced the completion of its acquisition by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc., following receipt of regulatory and legal approvals. MSI has...
Reuters  Jan 28  Comment 
Petróleo Brasileiro SA is unaware of a Brazilian court ruling suspending the sale of a 49 percent stake in a natural gas distribution unit, and vowed to defend the sale...


Mitsui & Co Ltd. NASDAQ:MITSY TYO:8031 is a Tokyo based multinational conglomerate (3 regional corporate locations) operating within four core business areas; they focus on the procurement of mineral resources and oil/gas, the development of commercial and private infrastructure, expansion of logistics networks for industrial uses worldwide and healthcare, housing and other services to corporate clients. Other important services involve providing customers with marketing services (oversees a global network, that gives it an advantage over institutions with less international exposure), credit and other financing products, assessing the risk of doing business in specific countries/sectors of that economy and cost management.

Advantages the company has over some others include the numerous strategic partnerships it has with other large companies like private company Baosteel of China (helps give it access to the Chinese market), Vale (makes the Brazilian market more accessible, China and Brazil represent half of the BRIC, leading emerging economies), and Russian Railways (a working group was created in 2007 in which Mitsui acts as a sales agent for logistics customers wanting to transport cargo by rail from Japan to Russia) and environmental solutions projects among them metal recycling, its involvement in new alternative energy related vehicle technology . It also owns 25% of Erdos one of China's biggest companies. Erdos engages in coal mining as well as the production of energy and metal alloys. In addition to China and Brazil Mitsui also plays an important role in Russia through its logistics business which is a key provider of Japanese cargo to the country (including Moscow) by rail (trains). It is also an important supplier of ammonia to Asia.

Company Overview

As with all conglomerates products (and services) are varied. Altogether operations are divided into 14 main business segments, 6 of them related to raw materials and energy, 2 logistics with 2 others supplying aerospace and motor vehicles through leasing and sales, 1 infrastructure, 1 plant growing/food processing and storage unit, 1 provider of financial advice and 1 other providing a wide range of services ranging from healthcare/pharmaceutical support to real estate and catering services. Having such an expansive business bodes well for customers and investors seeking a highly diversified business with experience in many key economic sectors that has had success multitasking. Having limited exposure to each industry can make it less risky than some of its competitors. In 2010 Mitsui created a renewable energy division called Mitsui & Co. Ltd. Infrastructures provides purification, storage and transport of different types of raw materials including water, LNG (natural gas), oil and others. Mitsui Chemicals is a specialty chemical producer in the business of phenol, textile materials (synthetic), polyethylene terephthalate resins, polyurethane, polyethylene and polypropylen.

Marketing advice targets corporate customers and involves business trend analysis and the gathering and interpreting of vital information about each market including government legislation (what's allowed, what are the tax implications).

Companies that it is the largest shareholder in

  • On November 18, 2010 Mitsui overtook Ford as the largest shareholder of Mazda. Ford had been the leading holder of mazda stock for 31 years until November when it reduced its ownership from 11% to 3.5%. Some of that interest was sold to Mitsui, Mitsui is also Mazda's main lender.[1][2]
  • In December 2010 Mitsui became the largest shareholder of Taiwanese LED chipmaker Formosa Epitaxy after raising its share to 15% (private placement). The LED's produced by Formosa are used in appliances like computer monitors and tv's as well as vehicles.[3]

Business and Financials including revenue, earnings and assets

3 of the 11 segments
yr end Mar'10[4]
billion yen
Amerca's Europe/ME/Africa Asia Pacific Other adj/elim
gross profit73.08216.65527.8620.5060.898
net income(9.572)3.77125.7191.481(33.856)
total assets507.065132.109305.9802,725.444(1,584.516)

In the six months after the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 the company lost ¥158.4 (about US$1.93 billion) in asset value; current assets, investments and liabilities each lost about 100 billion yen in value however interest bearing debt improved (down 100 billion yen).[5] Operating cash flow fell 17.64% in the first half of 2011 when compared to the corresponding period the year before; although operating income increased 128.53% (¥93.8 billion, US$1.1 billion) net cash outflow counteracted it by ¥160.4 billion (almost US$ 2 billion). Both regional and industry categories are segments, regional business units do not include data for each industry even though the activity takes place within one of those regions, they are separate divisions. Mitsui's fiscal year starts and ends in March.
Financial Statement key data avg fx to USD during period
yearly:March previous year to March current year, half:March '10 to September '10
2010 financials by industry[4]

(billion Yen)

2007[6] 2008[6] 2009[7]
fx 100.53736[8]
fx 92.899096[9]
fx 88.972779[10]

(billion Yen)

expenses operating
net income total assets
revenue 4,793.957 5,535.225 5,738.878 5,504.789 2,204.327 products iron/stl 32.1 1.173 3.2 460.562
gross profit 866.300 1,016.306 988.077 999.264 437.8 infrastructure 15.4 10.74 19.3 1,323.237
EBIT 309.174 247.307 402.004 242.178 189.124 energy 56.2 98.458 83.8 1,458.763
net income 301.502 177.607 410.061 177.607 183.234 IT
consumer serv
61.7 (8.762) 9.8 528.174
basic per share 174.26 227.20 97.59 82.12 100.42 mineral resources 15.4 56.81 62.9 912.777
2,110.279 2,183.660 1,881.663 2,230.128 2,215.665 chemical 49.4 14.885 11.9 605.727
total assets 9,813.312 9,537.829 8,364.243 8,368.984 8,210.594 foods 63.0 20.394 0.8 609.146
operating cash flow 0.239275 0.415791 0.5826 0.63236 0.2708 logistics
28.9 1.493 (0.839) 384.516


  • Itochu Corporation - competes in different industries especially food processing. Itochu was also one of the main buyers of mazda stock (along with Mitsui) in the Ford selloff.[11]
  • Marubeni Corporation - competes in metals and materials and logistics
  • Sumitomo Corporation - competes with Mitsui in chemicals, infrastructure projects, transportation and logistics.


  1. Ford to cut Mazda stake, losing top shareholder title (2010-11-18).
  2. Sumitomo Mitsui To Overtake Ford as Mazda's Top Shareholder, Chairman Says (2010-10-18).
  3. Formosa attracts Mitsui to become its largest shareholder through private placement (2010-12-28).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mitsui 2010 Annual Report page 52 for divisional/regional data, page 46 for consolidated (2010).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mitsui 2011 First Half Report (2010-11-02).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mitsui 2008 Annual Report Year ended March 31, 2008 (2008-05-02).
  7. Mitsui 2009 Annual Report Year ended March 31, 2009 (2009-05-07).
  8. 2008-2009 avg monthly exchange rates Yens to 1 USD.
  9. 2009-2010 avg monthly exchange rates Yens to 1 USD.
  10. 2010 avg monthly exchange rates Yens to 1 USD.
  11. Ford holdings of the largest shareholder of Mazda shares top spot to make way (2010-11-18).
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