|TEV||-290,089||TEV/EBIT||-8||TTM 2019-03-31, in MM, except price, ratios|
|Item 17 ¨ Item 18 ¨|
|Item 1. Identity of Directors, Senior Management and Advisers.|
|Item 2. Offer Statistics and Expected Timetable.|
|Item 3. Key Information.|
|Item 4. Information on The Company.|
|Item 4A. Unresolved Staff Comments.|
|Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.|
|Item 6. Directors, Senior Management and Employees.|
|Item 7. Major Shareholders and Related Party Transactions.|
|Item 8. Financial Information.|
|Item 9. The Offer and Listing.|
|Item 10. Additional Information.|
|Item 11. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Credit, Market and Other Risk.|
|Item 12. Description of Securities Other Than Equity Securities.|
|Item 13. Defaults, Dividend Arrearages and Delinquencies.|
|Item 14. Material Modifications To The Rights of Security Holders and Use of Proceeds.|
|Item 15. Controls and Procedures.|
|Item 16A. Audit Committee Financial Expert.|
|Item 16B. Code of Ethics.|
|Item 16C. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.|
|Item 16D. Exemptions From The Listing Standards for Audit Committees.|
|Item 16E. Purchases of Equity Securities By The Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers.|
|Item 16F. Change in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.|
|Item 16G. Corporate Governance.|
|Item 16H. Mine Safety Disclosure.|
|Item 17. Financial Statements.|
|Item 18. Financial Statements.|
|Item 19. Exhibits.|
|Balance Sheet||Income Statement||Cash Flow|
Rev, G Profit, Net Income
Ops, Inv, Fin
As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2015
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
¨ REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OR (g) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015
¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period to
¨ SHELL COMPANY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of event requiring this shell company report
Commission file number 000-54189
KABUSHIKI KAISHA MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
(Translation of Registrants name into English)
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
7-1, Marunouchi 2-chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8330
(Address of principal executive offices)
Kazutaka Yoneda, +81-3-3240-8111, +81-3-3240-7073, same address as above
(Name, Telephone, Facsimile number and Address of Company Contact Person)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
|Name of each exchange on which registered|
Common stock, without par value
|New York Stock Exchange(1)|
American depositary shares, each of which represents one share of common stock
|New York Stock Exchange|
|(1)||The listing of the registrants common stock on the New York Stock Exchange is for technical purposes only and without trading privileges.|
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
Restricted Share Units granting rights to under the UnionBanCal Corporation Stock Bonus Plan
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act:
$2,300,000,000 Fixed/Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Securities of MUFG Capital Finance 1 Limited, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.s Guarantee thereof
750,000,000 Fixed/Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Securities of MUFG Capital Finance 2 Limited, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.s Guarantee thereof
Restricted Share Units granting rights to common stock pursuant to the MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation Stock Bonus Plan
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuers classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:
As of March 31, 2015, 14,168,853,820 shares of common stock (including 151,647,230 shares of common stock held by the registrant and its consolidated subsidiaries as treasury stock)
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
Yes x No ¨
If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Yes ¨ No x
NoteChecking the box above will not relieve any registrant required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 from their obligations under those Sections.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes x No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes x No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of accelerated filer and large accelerated filer in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer x
|Accelerated filer ¨||Non-accelerated filer ¨|
Indicate by check mark which basis of accounting the registrant has used to prepare the financial statements included in this filing:
U.S. GAAP x
International Financial Reporting Standards as issued
by the International Accounting Standards Board ¨
If Other has been checked in response to the previous question, indicate by check mark which financial statement item the registrant has elected to follow.
Item 17 ¨ Item 18 ¨
If this is an annual report, indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes ¨ No x
|Identity of Directors, Senior Management and Advisers||4|
|Offer Statistics and Expected Timetable||4|
|Information on the Company||26|
|Unresolved Staff Comments||61|
|Operating and Financial Review and Prospects||62|
|Directors, Senior Management and Employees||143|
|Major Shareholders and Related Party Transactions||164|
|The Offer and Listing||167|
|Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Credit, Market and Other Risk||190|
|Description of Securities Other than Equity Securities||215|
|Defaults, Dividend Arrearages and Delinquencies||217|
|Material Modifications to the Rights of Security Holders and Use of Proceeds||217|
|Controls and Procedures||217|
|Audit Committee Financial Expert||221|
|Code of Ethics||221|
|Principal Accountant Fees and Services||221|
|Exemptions from the Listing Standards for Audit Committees||222|
|Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers||223|
|Change in Registrants Certifying Accountant||223|
|Mine Safety Disclosure||225|
For purposes of this Annual Report, we have presented our consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, except for risk-adjusted capital ratios, business segment financial information and some other specifically identified information. Unless otherwise stated or the context otherwise requires, all amounts in our financial statements are expressed in Japanese yen.
When we refer in this Annual Report to MUFG, we, us, our and the Group, we generally mean Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, but from time to time as the context requires, we mean Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. as an individual legal entity. Similarly, references to MTFG and UFJ Holdings are to Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, Inc. and to UFJ Holdings, Inc., as single entities, respectively, as well as to MTFG and UFJ Holdings and their respective consolidated subsidiaries, as the context requires. In addition, our commercial banking subsidiaries refers to The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., or BTMU, and, as the context requires, its consolidated subsidiaries engaged in the commercial banking business. Our trust banking subsidiaries refers to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, or MUTB, and, as the context requires, its consolidated subsidiaries engaged in the trust banking business. Our banking subsidiaries refers to BTMU and MUTB and, as the context requires, their respective consolidated subsidiaries engaged in the banking business. Our securities subsidiaries refers to Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd., or MUSHD, and as the context requires, its consolidated subsidiaries engaged in the securities business.
References to MUAH and MUB are to MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., as single entities, respectively, as well as to MUAH and MUB and their respective consolidated
subsidiaries, as the context requires. Effective July 1, 2014, we integrated BTMUs operations in the Americas region with the operations of UnionBanCal Corporation, or UNBC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BTMU, and changed UNBCs corporate name to MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation. Union Bank, N.A., which is MUAHs principal subsidiary, was also renamed MUFG Union Bank, N.A., effective the same day.
References to KS or Krungsri are to Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited, as a single entity, as well as to KS and its respective consolidated subsidiaries, as the context requires. Effective January 5, 2015, we integrated the operations of the BTMU Bangkok branch with the operations of KS to comply with the Thai regulatory requirement generally referred to as the one presence policy, which limits financial conglomerates to a single licensed deposit taking entity in Thailand.
References in this Annual Report to yen or ¥ are to Japanese yen, references to U.S. dollars, U.S. dollar, dollars, U.S.$ or $ are to United States dollars, and references to euro or are to the currency of the member states of the European Monetary Union.
Our fiscal year ends on March 31 of each year. References to years not specified as being fiscal years are to calendar years.
We usually hold the ordinary general meeting of shareholders of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. in June of each year in Tokyo.
We may from time to time make written or oral forward-looking statements. Written forward-looking statements may appear in documents filed with or submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including this Annual Report, and other reports to shareholders and other communications.
The U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking information to encourage companies to provide prospective information about themselves. We rely on this safe harbor in making these forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this Annual Report and include statements regarding our current intent, business plan, targets, belief or expectations or the current belief or current expectations of our management with respect to our results of operations and financial condition, including, among other matters, our problem loans and loan losses. In many, but not all cases, we use words such as anticipate, aim, believe, estimate, expect, intend, plan, probability, risk, will, may and similar expressions, as they relate to us or our management, to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those which are aimed, anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned, or otherwise stated.
Our forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. We identify in this Annual Report in Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk Factors, Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness Overview, Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects and elsewhere, some, but not necessarily all, of the important factors that could cause these differences.
We are under no obligation, and disclaim any obligation, to update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|Item 1.||Identity of Directors, Senior Management and Advisers.|
|Item 2.||Offer Statistics and Expected Timetable.|
|Item 3.||Key Information.|
|A.||Selected Financial Data|
The selected statement of income data and selected balance sheet data set forth below has been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements.
Except for risk-adjusted capital ratios, which are calculated in accordance with Japanese banking regulations based on information derived from our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in Japan, or Japanese GAAP, the selected financial data set forth below are derived from our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
You should read the selected financial data set forth below in conjunction with Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects, Selected Statistical Data and our consolidated financial statements and other financial data included elsewhere in this Annual Report. These data are qualified in their entirety by reference to all of that information.
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
|(in millions, except per share data and number of shares)|
Statement of income data:
Net interest income
Provision (credit) for credit losses
Net interest income after provision (credit) for credit losses
Income before income tax expense
Income tax expense
Net income before attribution of noncontrolling interests
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Earnings applicable to common shareholders of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Amounts per share:
Basic earnings per common shareEarnings applicable to common shareholders of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Diluted earnings per common shareEarnings applicable to common shareholders of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Number of shares used to calculate basic earnings per common share (in thousands)
Number of shares used to calculate diluted earnings per common share (in thousands)(2)
Cash dividends per share paid during the fiscal year:
Preferred stock (Class 3)
Preferred stock (Class 5)(3)
Preferred stock (Class 11)(4)
|As of March 31,|
Balance sheet data:
Loans, net of allowance for credit losses
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
|(in millions, except percentages)|
Other financial data:
Return on equity and assets:
Earnings applicable to common shareholders as a percentage of average total assets
Earnings applicable to common shareholders as a percentage of average total equity
Dividends per common share as a percentage of basic earnings per common share
Average total equity as a percentage of average total assets
Net interest income as a percentage of average total interest-earning assets
Credit quality data:
Allowance for credit losses
Allowance for credit losses as a percentage of loans
Impaired loans as a percentage of loans
Allowance for credit losses related to impaired loans as a percentage of impaired loans
Net loan charge-offs
Net loan charge-offs as a percentage of average loans
Average interest rate spread
Risk-adjusted capital ratio calculated under Japanese GAAP(5)
|(1)||Interest income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 includes a gain of ¥139,320 million on the conversion rate adjustment of Morgan Stanleys convertible preferred stock. Exclusive of the one-time gain associated with the conversion, interest income would have been lower for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.|
|(2)||Includes the common shares that were potentially issuable upon conversion of the Class 11 Preferred Stock.|
|(3)||Preferred dividends were ¥57.5 per share and paid semi-annually. In April 2014, we acquired and cancelled all of the issued shares of First Series of Class 5 Preferred Stock. As a result, there is currently no issued Class 5 Preferred Stock. See Note 16 to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report.|
|(4)||Preferred dividends were ¥2.65 per share and paid semi-annually. In August 2014, we acquired all of the issued shares of Class 11 Preferred Stock in exchange for 1,245 shares of our common stock held in treasury, and cancelled the acquired shares. See Note 16 to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report.|
|(5)||Risk-adjusted capital ratios have been calculated in accordance with Japanese banking regulations as applicable on the relevant calculation date, based on information derived from our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with Japanese GAAP. For a description of the applicable capital ratio calculation and other requirements applicable, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationJapanCapital adequacy and Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesCapital Adequacy.|
Exchange Rate Information
The tables below set forth, for each period indicated, certain information concerning the rate of exchange of Japanese yen per U.S. $1.00 based on exchange rate information found on Bloomberg. On July 13, 2015, the closing exchange rate was ¥123.43 to U.S.$1.00 and the inverse rate was U.S.$0.81 to ¥100.00.
|(1)||Period from July 1, 2015 to July 13, 2015.|
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
Average (of month-end rates)
|B.||Capitalization and Indebtedness|
|C.||Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds|
Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks described in this section, which is intended to disclose all of the risks that we consider material based on the information currently available to us, as well as all the other information in this Annual Report, including our consolidated financial statements and related notes, Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects, Item 11. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Credit, Market and Other Risk and Selected Statistical Data.
Our business, operating results and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected by any of the factors discussed below. The trading price of our securities could decline due to any of these factors. This Annual Report also contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those described in this section and elsewhere in this Annual Report. See Forward-Looking Statements.
Risks Related to Our Business
Because a large portion of our assets as well as our business operations are in Japan, we may incur losses if economic conditions in Japan worsen.
Our performance is particularly affected by the general economic conditions of Japan where we are headquartered and conduct a significant amount of our business. As of March 31, 2015, 60.3% of our total assets were related to Japanese domestic assets, including Japanese national government and Japanese government agency bonds, which accounted for 70.0% of our total investment securities portfolio and 13.0% of our total assets, respectively. Interest and non-interest income in Japan represented 52.6% of our total interest and non-interest income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Furthermore, as of March 31, 2015, our loans in Japan accounted for 59.1% of our total loans outstanding.
There is significant uncertainty surrounding Japans economy. For example, Japans fiscal health and sovereign creditworthiness may deteriorate if the Japanese governments economic measures and the Bank of Japans monetary policies prove ineffective or result in negative consequences. If the prices of Japanese government bonds decline rapidly, resulting in an unexpectedly sudden increase in interest rates, our investment securities portfolio as well as our lending, borrowing, trading and other operations may be negatively impacted. In recent periods, major credit rating agencies have downgraded the credit ratings of Japans sovereign debt, including a downgrade by Moodys Investor Service, Inc. in December 2014 and a downgrade by Fitch Ratings, Ltd. in April 2015.
Instability in the Japanese stock market and foreign currency exchange rates may also have a significant adverse impact on our asset and liability management as well as our results of operations. Various other factors, including stagnation or deterioration of economic and market conditions in other countries, and growing global competition, may also have a material negative impact on the Japanese economy. For a detailed discussion on the business environment in Japan and abroad, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsBusiness Environment.
Since our domestic loans in Japan accounted for a significant portion of our loan portfolio, deteriorating or stagnant economic conditions in Japan may cause adverse effects on our financial results, such as increases in credit costs, as the credit quality of some borrowers could deteriorate. For example, due to the intensifying global competition and weakening consumer spending in recent periods, some Japanese companies, including electronics manufacturers, have experienced significant financial difficulties. For a further discussion, see Risks Related to Our BusinessWe may suffer additional credit-related losses in the future if our borrowers are unable to repay their loans as expected or if the measures we take in reaction to, or in anticipation of, our borrowers deteriorating repayment abilities prove inappropriate or insufficient.
If the global economy deteriorates further, our credit-related losses may increase, and the value of the financial instruments we hold may decrease, resulting in losses.
Global economic conditions remain volatile, and it is uncertain how the global economy will evolve over time. The shift in the monetary policy in the United States, the prolonged economic stagnation in Europe, slowing economic growth in China in the midst of a shift in the governments economic policy, and the political turmoil in various regions around world could negatively impact wider markets, including those of both emerging and developed countries. As of March 31, 2015, based principally on the domicile of the obligors, assets related to Europe accounted for approximately 9.9% of our total assets, assets related to Asia and Oceania excluding Japan accounted for approximately 9.3% of our total assets, and assets related to the United States accounted for approximately 16.5% of our total assets. If the global economy deteriorates or the global economic recovery significantly slows down again, the availability of credit may become limited, and some of our borrowers may default on their loan obligations to us, increasing our credit losses. In addition, concerns over the sovereign debt problem in some European countries may limit liquidity in the global financial markets. Some of our credit derivative transactions may also be negatively affected, including the protection we sold through single name credit default swaps, and index and basket credit default swaps. The notional amounts of these protections sold as of March 31, 2015 were ¥2,583.2 billion and ¥791.1 billion, respectively. In addition, if credit market conditions worsen, our capital funding structure may need to be adjusted or our funding costs may increase, which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations.
Furthermore, we have incurred losses, and may incur further losses, as a result of changes in the fair value of our financial instruments resulting from weakening market conditions. For example, declines in the fair value of our investment securities, particularly equity investment securities, resulted in our recording impairment losses of ¥124.2 billion, ¥6.5 billion and ¥5.9 billion for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. As of March 31, 2015, approximately 33.7% of our total assets were financial instruments for which we measure fair value on a recurring basis, and less than 0.5% of our total assets were financial instruments for which we measure fair value on a non-recurring basis. Generally, in order to establish the fair value of these
instruments, we rely on quoted prices. If the value of these financial instruments declines, a corresponding write-down may be recognized in our consolidated statements of income. In addition, because we hold a large amount of investment securities, short-term fluctuations in the value of our securities may trigger losses or exit costs for us to manage our risk. For more information on our valuation method for financial instruments, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsCritical Accounting Estimates.
Our business operations are exposed to risks of natural disasters, terrorism and other disruptions caused by external events.
As a major financial institution incorporated in Japan and operating in major international financial markets, our business operations, ATMs and other information technology systems, personnel, and facilities and other physical assets are subject to the risks of earthquakes, typhoons, floods and other natural disasters, terrorism and other political and social conflicts, health epidemics, and other disruptions caused by external events, which are beyond our control. As a consequence of such external events, we may be required to incur significant costs and expenses for remedial measures or compensation to customers or transaction counterparties for resulting losses. We may also suffer loss of business. In addition, such external events may have various other significant adverse effects, including deterioration in economic conditions, declines in the business performance of our borrowers and decreases in stock prices, which may result in higher credit costs or impairment or valuation losses on the financial instruments we hold. These effects could materially and adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
As with other Japanese companies, we are exposed to heightened risks of large-scale natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. In particular, a large-scale earthquake occurring in the Tokyo metropolitan area could result in market disruptions or significant damage to, or losses of, tangible or human assets relating to our business and counterparties because many of our important business functions and many of the major Japanese companies and financial markets are located in the area. In addition, such an earthquake could cause a longer-term economic slowdown and a downgrade of Japans sovereign credit rating due to increases in government spending for disaster recovery measures.
Our risk management policies and procedures may be insufficient to address the consequences of these external events, resulting in our inability to continue to operate a part or the whole of our business. In addition, our redundancy and backup measures may not be sufficient to avoid a material disruption in our operations, and our contingency and business continuity plans may not address all eventualities that may occur in the event of a material disruption caused by a large-scale natural disaster such as the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which led to tsunamis, soil liquefaction and fires, as well as electricity power supply shortages and electricity power conservation measures resulting from the suspension of the operations of the nuclear power plants.
We may suffer additional credit-related losses in the future if our borrowers are unable to repay their loans as expected or if the measures we take in reaction to, or in anticipation of, our borrowers deteriorating repayment abilities prove inappropriate or insufficient.
When we lend money or commit to lend money, we incur credit risk which is the risk of losses if our borrowers do not repay their loans. We may incur significant credit losses or have to provide for a significant amount of additional allowance for credit losses if:
large borrowers become insolvent or must be restructured;
domestic or global economic conditions, either generally or in particular industries in which large borrowers operate, deteriorate;
the value of the collateral we hold, such as real estate or securities, declines; or
we are adversely affected by corporate credibility issues among our borrowers, to an extent that is worse than anticipated.
As a percentage of total loans, impaired loans, which primarily include nonaccrual loans and troubled debt restructurings, or TDRs, ranged from 1.43% to 2.23% as of the five most recent fiscal year-ends. As of March 31, 2015, impaired loans were ¥1,686.8 billion, representing 1.43% of our total outstanding loans. If the economic conditions in Japan or other parts of the world to which we have significant credit risk exposure worsen, our problem loans and credit-related expenses may increase. An increase in problem loans and credit-related expenses would adversely affect our results of operations, weaken our financial condition and erode our capital base.
We may provide additional loans, equity capital or other forms of support to troubled borrowers in order to facilitate their restructuring and revitalization efforts. We may also forbear from exercising some or all of our rights as a creditor against them, and we may forgive loans to them in conjunction with their debt restructurings. We may take these steps even when such steps might not be warranted from the perspective of our short-term or narrow economic interests or a technical analysis of our legal rights against those borrowers, in light of other factors such as our longer-term economic interests, and our commitment to support the Japanese economy. These practices may substantially increase our exposure to troubled borrowers and increase our losses. Credit losses may also increase if we elect, or are forced by economic or other considerations, to sell or write off our problem loans at a larger discount, in a larger amount or in a different time or manner, than we may otherwise want.
Although we, from time to time, enter into credit derivative transactions, including credit default swap contracts, to manage our credit risk exposure, such transactions may not provide the protection against credit defaults that we intended due to counterparty defaults or similar issues. The credit default swap contracts could also result in significant losses. As of March 31, 2015, the total notional amount of the protection we sold through single name credit default swaps, index and basket credit default swaps, and credit-linked notes was ¥3.37 trillion. In addition, negative changes in financial market conditions may restrict the availability and liquidity of credit default swaps. For more information on our credit derivative transactions, see Note 23 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report.
Our loan losses could prove to be materially different from our estimates and could materially exceed our current allowance for credit losses, in which case we may need to provide for additional allowance for credit losses and may also record credit losses beyond our allowance. Our allowance for credit losses in our loan portfolio is based on evaluations of customers creditworthiness and the value of collateral we hold. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we recorded ¥87.0 billion of provision for credit losses. Negative changes in economic conditions, government policies or our borrowers repayment abilities could require us to provide for additional allowance. For example, companies in the Japanese electronics manufacturing industry in particular have experienced significant declines in sales and financial difficulties due to increased global competition. Moreover, the Japanese electric utility companies, including The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated, have been significantly affected by the accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants in March 2011 and subsequent developments, including the suspension of all of the nuclear power plants for seismic safety inspections and other reasons, higher fuel prices in recent periods and compensation issues for affected individuals and companies. Other borrowers in Japan may be adversely affected by electricity power supply shortages and electricity rate increases. As a result, our borrowers may incur financial and non-financial losses that exceed our estimations. In such case, we may need to provide for additional allowance for credit losses. Also, the regulatory standards or guidance on establishing allowances may also change, causing us to change some of the evaluations used in determining the allowances. As a result, we may need to provide for additional allowance for credit losses.
When there is an improvement in asset quality, a credit for credit losses is recorded to reverse the allowance for credit losses to a level management deems appropriate. For example, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, we recorded ¥106.4 billion of credit for credit losses, which was included in our consolidated statements of income. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we recorded additional credit for credit losses with respect to some segments of our loan portfolio, while we recorded provision for credit losses for our entire loan portfolio. However, we have historically more often provided for credit losses rather than recording credit for credit losses, and in future periods we may need to recognize a provision for credit losses, which may have a significant negative effect on our results of operations.
For more information on our loan portfolio, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesFinancial ConditionLoan Portfolio.
If the Japanese stock market or other global markets decline in the future, we may incur losses on our securities portfolio and our capital ratios will be adversely affected.
A decline in Japanese stock prices could reduce the value of the Japanese domestic marketable equity securities that we hold, which accounted for 12.2% of our total investment securities portfolio, and 2.3% of our total assets, as of March 31, 2015. The Nikkei Stock Average, which is the average of 225 blue chip stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, fluctuated throughout the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 declining to an intra-day low of ¥13,885.11 on April 11, 2014 and rising to an intra-day high of ¥19,778.60 on March 23, 2015. As of July 6, 2015, the closing price of the Nikkei Stock Average was ¥20,112.12. Recent fluctuations in the Nikkei Stock Average have reflected the volatility in the global economy and investor sentiment as investors continue to observe the changes in economic and monetary policies mainly in Japan, the United States, the Eurozone and Asian countries. In addition, weakening or stagnant economic conditions in these and other regions may have a significant negative impact on Japanese companies, which in turn will cause their stock prices to decline. Concerns over the impact of geopolitical tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world on Japanese companies may also adversely affect stock prices in Japan. In addition, the global trend towards further reduction in risk assets could result in lower stock prices, and the recent trend in Japan towards strengthening corporate governance may subject public companies to stricter scrutiny. If stock market prices decline or do not improve, we may incur losses on our securities portfolio. Because we hold a large amount of Japanese domestic marketable equity securities, even short-term fluctuations in the value of our securities may trigger losses or exit costs for us to manage our risk. Declines in the Japanese stock market or other global markets may also materially and adversely affect our capital ratios and financial condition. For a detailed discussion of our holdings of marketable equity securities and the effect of market declines on our capital ratios, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesCapital Adequacy and Selected Statistical DataInvestment Portfolio. See also Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsBusiness Environment.
Increases in interest rates could adversely affect the value of our bond portfolio.
The aggregate carrying amount of the Japanese government and corporate bonds and foreign bonds, including U.S. Treasury bonds, that we held as of March 31, 2015 was 14.0% of our total assets. In particular, the Japanese national government and Japanese government agency bonds accounted for 13.0% of our total assets as of March 31, 2015. For a detailed discussion of our bond portfolio, see Selected Statistical DataInvestment Portfolio.
The Bank of Japan has been maintaining a very low policy rate (uncollateralized overnight call rate) of 0.10% in an effort to lift the economy out of deflation. Short-term interest rates in Japan continue to decline because of the Bank of Japans so-called quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy. As part of this policy, the Bank of Japan has been purchasing Japanese government bonds with an aim to increase the Bank of Japans aggregate holding of such bonds by approximately ¥80 trillion each year. The central banks policies, however, may change, resulting in an interest rate increase. Separate from the central banks monetary policies, interest rates could also significantly increase in the event that Japanese government bonds decline in value due to such factors as a decline in confidence in the Japanese governments fiscal administration, further issuances of government bonds in connection with emergency economic measures and a heightened market expectation for tapering or cessation of the quantitative and qualitative easing measures in Japan, or in the event that interest rates on U.S. Treasury securities rise due to such factors as changes in the low interest rate policy in the United States. If relevant interest rates increase for these or other reasons, particularly if such increase is unexpected or sudden, we may incur significant losses on sales of, and valuation losses on, our bond portfolio. See Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsBusiness Environment.
Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates may result in transaction losses on translation of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies as well as foreign currency translation losses with respect to our foreign subsidiaries and equity method investees.
Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates against the Japanese yen create transaction gains or losses on the translation into Japanese yen of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies. To the extent that our foreign currency-denominated assets and liabilities are not matched in the same currency or appropriately hedged, we could incur losses due to future foreign exchange rate fluctuations. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the average balance of our foreign interest-earning assets was ¥90.42 trillion and the average balance of our foreign interest-bearing liabilities was ¥58.10 trillion, representing 38.1% of our average total interest-earning assets and 27.7% of our average total interest-bearing liabilities during the same period. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, net foreign exchange losses, which primarily include net transaction losses on the translation into Japanese yen of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies, net losses on currency derivative instruments entered into for trading purposes, and net gains on translation into Japanese yen of securities accounted for under the fair value option, were ¥113.1 billion, compared to ¥61.8 billion for the previous fiscal year. In addition, we may incur foreign currency translation losses with respect to our foreign subsidiaries and equity method investees due to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The average exchange rate for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 was ¥109.93 per U.S.$1.00, compared to ¥100.24 per U.S.$1.00 for the previous fiscal year. The change in the average exchange rate of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies had the effect of increasing total revenue by ¥202.8 billion, increasing net interest income by ¥85.5 billion and income before income tax expense by ¥105.2 billion, respectively, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. As the Bank of Japan has continued to implement its anti-deflation monetary measures under the quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy and the Abe administration has continued to implement economic measures under its Abenomics policy, the exchange rate between the Japanese yen and U.S. dollar has been fluctuating, with the Japanese yen depreciating from ¥103.23 to the U.S. dollar on April 1, 2014 to ¥125.86 to the U.S. dollar on June 5, 2015. As of July 6, 2015, the exchange rate was ¥122.57 to the U.S. dollar. For more information on foreign exchange gains and losses and foreign currency translation gains and losses, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsBusiness Environment and Item 5.A. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsOperating Results.
We may become subject to regulatory actions or other legal proceedings relating to our transactions or other aspects of our operations, which could result in significant financial losses, restrictions on our operations and damage to our reputation.
We conduct our business subject to ongoing regulation and associated regulatory and legal risks. Global financial institutions, including us, currently face heightened regulatory scrutiny as a result of the concerns developing in the global financial sector, and growing public pressure to demand even greater regulatory surveillance following several high-profile scandals and risk management failures in the financial industry. In the current regulatory environment, we are subject to various regulatory inquiries or investigations from time to time in connection with various aspects of our business and operations. In addition, multiple government authorities with overlapping jurisdiction more frequently conduct investigations and take other regulatory actions in coordination with one another or separately on the same or related matters.
In November 2014, BTMU entered into a consent agreement with the New York State Department of Financial Services, or DFS, to resolve issues relating to instructions given to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, and the disclosures made to DFS in connection with BTMUs 2007 and 2008 voluntary investigation of BTMUs U.S. dollar clearing activity toward countries under U.S. economic sanctions. BTMU had hired PwC to conduct a historical transaction review report in connection with that investigation, and voluntarily submitted the report to DFSs predecessor entity in 2008. Under the terms of the agreement with DFS, BTMU made a payment of $315 million to DFS, and agreed to take actions on persons involved in the matter at that time, relocate its U.S. Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, or BSA/AML, and Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, sanctions compliance programs to New York, and extend, if regarded as necessary by DFS, the period during which an independent consultant is responsible for assessing BTMUs internal controls regarding compliance
with applicable laws and regulations related to U.S. economic sanctions. In June 2013, BTMU reached an agreement with DFS regarding inappropriate operational processing of U.S. dollar clearing transactions with countries subject to OFAC sanctions during the period of 2002 to 2007. Under the terms of the June 2013 agreement, BTMU made a payment of $250 million to DFS and retained an independent consultant to conduct a compliance review of the relevant controls and related matters in BTMUs current operations. In December 2012, BTMU agreed to make a payment of approximately $8.6 million to OFAC to settle potential civil liability for apparent violations of certain U.S. sanctions regulations from 2006 to 2007. BTMU continues to cooperate closely with all relevant regulators and is undertaking necessary actions.
We have received requests and subpoenas for information from government agencies in some jurisdictions that are conducting investigations into past submissions made by panel members, including us, to the bodies that set various interbank benchmark rates. We are cooperating with these investigations and have been conducting an internal investigation among other things. In connection with these matters, we and other panel members are involved as defendants in a number of civil lawsuits, including putative class actions, in the United States.
These developments or other similar matters may result in additional regulatory actions against us or agreements to make significant additional settlement payments. These developments or other matters to which we are subject from time to time may also expose us to substantial monetary damages, legal defense costs, criminal and civil liability, and restrictions on our business operations as well as damage to our reputation. The outcome of such matters, including the extent of the potential impact of any unfavorable outcome on our financial results, however, is inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. The extent of financial, human and other resources required to conduct any investigations or to implement any corrective or preventive measures is similarly uncertain and could be significant.
Legal and regulatory changes could have a negative impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
As a global financial services provider, our business is subject to ongoing changes in laws, regulations, policies, voluntary codes of practice and interpretations in Japan and other markets where we operate. Major global financial institutions currently face an increasingly stricter set of laws, regulations and standards as a result of the concerns enveloping the global financial sector. There is also growing political pressure to demand even greater internal compliance and risk management systems following several high-profile scandals and risk management failures in the financial industry. We may not be able to enhance our compliance risk management systems and programs, which, in some cases, are supported by third-party service providers, in a timely manner or as planned. Our risk management systems and programs may not be fully effective in preventing all violations of laws, regulations and rules.
Our failure or inability to comply fully with the stricter set of laws and regulations could lead to fines, public reprimands, damage to reputation, civil liability, enforced suspension of operations or, in extreme cases, withdrawal of authorization to operate, adversely affecting our business and results of operations. Legal or regulatory compliance failure may also adversely affect our ability to obtain regulatory approvals for future strategic initiatives. Furthermore, failure to take necessary corrective action, or the discovery of violations of laws in the process of further review of any of the matters mentioned above or in the process of implementing any corrective measures, could result in further regulatory action.
We could also be required to incur significant expenses to comply with new or revised regulations. For example, if we adopt a new information system infrastructure in the future, we may be required to incur significant additional costs for establishing and implementing effective internal controls, which may materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
Future developments or changes in laws, regulations, policies, voluntary codes of practice and their effects are expected to require greater capital resources and significant management attention, and may require us to
modify our business strategies and plans. For example, since March 31, 2013, Japanese banking institutions with international operations have become subject to stricter capital adequacy requirements adopted by the Financial Services Agency of Japan, an agency of the Cabinet Office, or the FSA, based in part on the international regulatory framework generally known as Basel III. For more information, see Risks Related to Our BusinessWe may not be able to maintain our capital ratios above minimum required levels, which could result in the suspension of some or all of our operations. and Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationJapan.
Furthermore, regulatory reforms recently implemented, proposed and currently being debated in the United States may also significantly affect our business operations. For example, in February 2014, the Federal Reserve Board, or FRB, approved final rules strengthening supervision and regulation of large U.S. bank holding companies and foreign banking organizations, or FBOs. These final rules require a large FBO with $50 billion or more in U.S. combined assets excluding the assets held by its U.S. branches or agencies, such as us, to organize all of its U.S. bank and non-bank subsidiaries under a U.S. intermediate holding company that would be subject to U.S. capital requirements, capital stress testing, liquidity buffer requirements, and other enhanced prudential standards comparable to those applicable to top-tier U.S. bank holding companies of the same size. The rules will become effective in July 2016, and significant resources and management attention for establishing an appropriate governance structure with an effective internal control system may be required to ensure compliance with the rules. See Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationUnited States.
Global financial regulatory reform measures may also have a significant impact on our business operations. For example, various international organizations, including the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, are currently considering ways to address, among other things, the introduction of total loss-absorbing capacity requirements and capital requirements for the interest rate risk for the banking book as well as revisions to methods of calculating the amount of risk-weighted assets. We intend to continue to monitor developments relating to global regulatory reforms.
Any adverse changes in the business of MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States, could significantly affect our results of operations.
MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, or MUAH, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary in the United States formerly called UnionBanCal Corporation, or UNBC, has historically contributed to a significant portion of our net income. MUAH reported net income of $628 million, $667 million and $825 million for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Any adverse developments which could arise at MUAH may have a significant negative impact on our results of operations and financial condition. The risks relating to MUAH have increased as MUAH has been expanding its business through acquisitions of community banks and other financial-related businesses in the United States. If MUAH is unable to achieve the benefits expected from its business strategies, including its business expansion strategy through acquisitions of community banks and other financial-related businesses, we may suffer an adverse financial impact. For more information, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewGlobal Business GroupMUFG Union Bank, N.A. (MUB).
Other factors that have negatively affected, and could continue to negatively affect, MUAHs results of operations include difficult economic conditions, such as a downturn in the real estate and housing industries in California and other states within the United States, the fiscal challenges being experienced by the U.S. federal and California state governments, substantial competition in the banking markets in California and other states within the United States and uncertainty over the U.S. economy, as well as fluctuating oil prices, negative trends in debt ratings, and interest rate uncertainties. Since the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, the U.S. banking industry has operated in an extremely low interest rate environment as a result of the highly accommodative monetary policy of the FRB, which has placed downward pressure on the net interest margins of U.S. banks, including MUAH. Interest rates in the United States may increase, however, as discussions continue on when to further taper or end this monetary policy.
Significant costs may arise from enterprise-wide compliance and risk management requirements, or failure to comply, with applicable laws and regulations, such as the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act and related amendments under the USA PATRIOT Act, and any adverse impact of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. In addition, the FRB and other U.S. bank regulators have adopted final rules to implement the Basel III global regulatory framework for U.S. banks and bank holding companies which require higher quality of capital, as well as significantly revise the calculations for risk-weighted assets. The FRB has also adopted final rules to implement various enhanced prudential standards required by the Dodd-Frank Act for larger U.S. bank holding companies, such as MUAH. These standards require the larger bank holding companies to meet enhanced capital, liquidity and leverage standards. Further, the FRB has adopted final regulations applicable to FBOs operating in the United States, which require MUFGs and BTMUs U.S. operations, including those of MUAH, to be restructured and, subject to certain exceptions, conducted under a single U.S. intermediate holding company, or IHC, with its own capital and liquidity requirements. Any actions management may take in response to these proposed regulatory changes may involve the issuance of additional capital or other measures. For more information, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationUnited States.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., or MUB, which is the principal subsidiary of MUAH, and reportedly other financial institutions have been the targets of various denial-of-service or other cyberattacks as part of what appears to be a coordinated effort to disrupt the operations of financial institutions and potentially test their cybersecurity in advance of future and more advanced cyberattacks. These denial-of-service attacks may require substantial resources to defend against and affect customer satisfaction and behavior. Moreover, MUBs information security measures may not be sufficient to defend against cyberattacks and other information security breaches, in which case the consequences could be significant in terms of financial, reputational and other losses. In addition, there have been increasing efforts to breach data security at financial institutions as well as other types of companies, such as large retailers, or with respect to financial transactions, including through the use of social engineering schemes such as phishing. Even if cyberattacks and similar tactics are not directed specifically at MUB, such attacks on other large institutions could disrupt the overall functioning of the U.S. or global financial system and undermine consumer confidence in banks generally to the detriment of other financial institutions, including MUB.
Any adverse changes in the business of Bank of Ayudhya, an indirect subsidiary in Thailand, could significantly affect our results of operations.
Any adverse changes in the business or management of Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited, or KS, a major subsidiary in Thailand in which we hold a 76.88% ownership interest as of March 31, 2015, may negatively affect our financial condition and results of operations. Factors that may negatively affect KSs financial condition and results of operations include:
adverse economic conditions, substantial competition in the banking industry, volatile political and social conditions, natural disasters including floods, terrorism and armed conflicts, restrictions under applicable financial systems and regulations, or significant fluctuations in interest rates, currency exchange rates, stock prices or commodity prices, in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand,
the business performance of companies making investments in and entering into markets in the Southeast Asian region, as well as the condition of economies, financial systems, laws and financial markets in the countries where such companies primarily operate,
losses from legal proceedings involving KS,
credit rating downgrades and declines in stock prices of KSs borrowers, and bankruptcies of KSs borrowers resulting from such factors,
defaults on KSs loans to individuals,
adverse changes in the cooperative relationship between us and the other major shareholder of KS, and
costs incurred due to weaknesses in the internal controls and regulatory compliance systems of KS or any of its subsidiaries.
In connection with our acquisition of KS, we recorded ¥217.4 billion of goodwill. If the business of KS deteriorates, we may be required to record impairment losses, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. See Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsRecent Developments and Risks Related to Our BusinessIf the goodwill recorded in connection with our acquisitions becomes impaired, we may be required to record impairment losses, which may adversely affect our financial results and the price of our securities.
Our strategy to expand the range of our financial products and services and the geographic scope of our business globally may fail if we are unable to anticipate or manage new or expanded risks that entail such expansion.
We continue to seek opportunities to expand the range of our products and services beyond our traditional banking, trust, and securities businesses, through development and introduction of new products and services or through acquisitions of or investments in financial institutions with products and services that complement our business. For example, taking advantage of our financial holding company status which enables us to underwrite securities, we are currently seeking to expand our corporate banking operations in the United States. In addition, the sophistication of financial products and management systems has been growing significantly in recent years. As a result, we are exposed to new and increasingly complex risks, while market and regulatory expectations that we manage these risk properly continue to rise. Some of the activities that our subsidiaries are expected to engage in, such as derivatives and foreign currency trading, present substantial risks. In some cases, we have only limited experience with the risks related to the expanded range of these products and services. In addition, we may not be able to successfully develop or operate the necessary information systems. As a result, we may not be able to foresee the risks relating to new products and services.
As we expand the geographic scope of our business, we will also be exposed to risks that are unique to particular jurisdictions or markets. For example, in an effort to further develop our operations in Asia, BTMU entered into a capital and business alliance with Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade in December 2012 and acquired approximately 20% of the ordinary shares of the Vietnamese bank in May 2013. In addition, BTMU purchased 72.01% of the outstanding shares of KS in December 2013 and acquired additional shares in January 2015, increasing BTMUs ownership interest to 76.88%. In some cases, we hold minority stakes in financial institutions as we seek to enter new markets or jurisdictions by collaborating with a local business partner. In such circumstances, the controlling shareholder may make or cause to be made business decisions that are inconsistent with our interests and, as a result, we may be unable to achieve the goals initially set out for the expansion strategy. In addition, we may be unable to staff our newly expanded operations with qualified individuals familiar with local legal and regulatory requirements and business practices, exposing us to legal, regulatory, operational and other risks.
Our risk management systems may prove to be inadequate and may not work in all cases or to the degree required. The increasing market, credit, compliance and regulatory risks in relation to the expanding scope of our products, services and trading activities or expanding our business beyond our traditional markets, could result in us incurring substantial losses. In addition, our efforts to offer new services and products or penetrate new markets may not succeed if product or market opportunities develop more slowly than expected, if our new services or products are not well accepted among customers, or if the profitability of opportunities is undermined by competitive pressures. For more information on our recent acquisition transactions, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsRecent Developments.
Unanticipated economic changes in, and measures taken in response to such changes by, emerging market countries could result in additional losses.
We are increasingly active, through a network of branches and subsidiaries, in emerging market countries, particularly countries in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. For example, based principally on the domicile of the obligors, assets related to Asia and Oceania excluding Japan increased
17.4% from ¥22.31 trillion as of March 31, 2014 to ¥26.19 trillion as of March 31, 2015, accounting for 9.3% of our total assets as of March 31, 2015. The economies of emerging market countries can be volatile and susceptible to adverse changes and trends in the global financial markets. For example, a decline in the value of local currencies of these countries could negatively affect the creditworthiness of some of our borrowers in these countries. The loans we have made to borrowers and banks in these countries are often denominated in U.S. dollars, euro or other foreign currencies. These borrowers often do not hedge the loans to protect against fluctuations in the values of local currencies. A devaluation of the local currency would make it more difficult for a borrower earning income in that currency to pay its debts to us and other foreign lenders. In addition, some countries in which we operate may attempt to support the value of their currencies by raising domestic interest rates. If this happens, the borrowers in these countries would have to devote more of their resources to repaying their domestic obligations, which may adversely affect their ability to repay their debts to us and other foreign lenders. The limited credit availability resulting from these conditions may adversely affect economic conditions in some countries. This could cause a further deterioration of the credit quality of borrowers and banks in those countries and cause us to incur further losses. In addition, should there be excessively rapid economic growth and increasing inflationary pressure in some of the emerging market countries, such developments could adversely affect the wider regional and global economies. Some emerging market countries may also change their monetary or other economic policies in response to economic and political instabilities or pressures, which are difficult to predict. As of March 31, 2015, based on the domicile of the obligors, our assets in Europe, Asia and Oceania excluding Japan, and other areas excluding Japan and the United States, were ¥27.72 trillion, ¥26.19 trillion and ¥11.37 trillion, representing 9.9%, 9.3% and 4.0% of our total assets, respectively. See Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesFinancial Condition.
If our strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley fails, we could suffer financial or reputational loss.
We have a global strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley, under which we operate two joint venture securities companies in Japan, engage in joint corporate finance operations in the United States and pursue other cooperative opportunities. We hold approximately 21.9% of the voting rights in Morgan Stanley as of March 31, 2015 and continue to hold approximately $521.4 million of perpetual non-cumulative non-convertible preferred stock with a 10% dividend. In addition, we currently have two representatives on Morgan Stanleys board of directors.
We initially entered into this strategic alliance in October 2008 with a view towards long-term cooperation with Morgan Stanley, and currently plan to deepen the strategic alliance. However, due to any unexpected changes in social, economic or financial conditions, changes in the regulatory environment, or any failure to integrate or share staff, products or services, or to operate, manage or implement the business strategy of the securities joint venture companies or other cooperative opportunities as planned, we may be unable to achieve the expected synergies from this alliance.
If our strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley is terminated, it could have a material negative impact on our business strategy, financial condition, and results of operations. For example, because we conduct our securities operations in Japan through the joint venture companies we have with Morgan Stanley, such termination may result in our inability to attain the planned growth in this line of business.
In addition, with our current investment in Morgan Stanley, we have neither a controlling interest in, nor control over the business operations of Morgan Stanley. If Morgan Stanley makes any business decisions that are inconsistent with our interests, we may be unable to achieve the goals initially set out for the strategic alliance. Furthermore, although we do not control Morgan Stanley, given the magnitude of our investment, if Morgan Stanley encounters financial or other business difficulties due to adverse changes in the economy, regulatory environment or other factors, we may suffer a financial loss on our investment or damage to our reputation. For example, we recorded an impairment loss of ¥579.5 billion on our investment in Morgan Stanleys common stock for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.
We apply equity method accounting to our investment in Morgan Stanley in our consolidated financial statements. As a result, Morgan Stanleys performance affects our results of operations. In addition fluctuations in Morgan Stanleys stock price or in our equity ownership interest in Morgan Stanley may cause us to recognize additional losses on our investment in Morgan Stanley.
We may incur further losses as a result of financial difficulties relating to other financial institutions, both directly and through the effect they may have on the overall banking environment and on their borrowers.
Some domestic and foreign financial institutions, including banks, non-bank lending and credit institutions, securities companies and insurance companies, have experienced declining asset quality, capital adequacy and other financial problems. This or similar future developments may lead to severe liquidity and solvency problems, which have in the past resulted in the liquidation, government control or restructuring of affected institutions. In addition, allegations or governmental prosecution of improper trading activities or inappropriate business conduct of a specific financial institution could also negatively affect the public perception of other global financial institutions individually and the global financial industry as a whole. These developments may adversely affect our financial results.
Financial difficulties relating to financial institutions could adversely affect us because we have extended loans, some of which may need to be classified as impaired loans, to banks, securities companies, insurance companies and other financial institutions that are not our consolidated subsidiaries. Our loans to banks and other financial institutions have been more than 5% of our total loans as of each year-end in the three fiscal years ended March 31, 2015, with the percentage increasing from 12.5% to 13.8% between March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015. We may also be adversely affected because we are a shareholder of some other banks and financial institutions that are not our consolidated subsidiaries, including our shareholdings in Japanese regional banks and our 21.9% voting interest in Morgan Stanley as of March 31, 2015. If some of the financial institutions to which we have exposure experience financial difficulties, we may need to provide financial support to them even when such support might not be warranted from the perspective of our narrow economic interests because such institutions may be systematically important to the Japanese or global financial system.
We may also be adversely affected because we enter into transactions, such as derivative transactions, in the ordinary course of business, with other banks and financial institutions as counterparties. For example, we enter into credit derivatives with banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial institutions for managing credit risk exposures, for facilitating client transactions, and for proprietary trading purposes. The notional amount of the protection we sold through these instruments was ¥3.37 trillion as of March 31, 2015.
In addition, financial difficulties relating to financial institutions could indirectly have an adverse effect on us because:
we may be requested to participate in providing assistance to support distressed financial institutions that are not our consolidated subsidiaries;
the government may elect to provide regulatory, tax, funding or other benefits to those financial institutions to strengthen their capital, facilitate their sale or otherwise, which in turn may increase their competitiveness against us;
deposit insurance premiums could rise if deposit insurance funds prove to be inadequate;
bankruptcies or government support or control of financial institutions could generally undermine confidence in financial institutions or adversely affect the overall banking environment;
failures or financial difficulties experienced by other financial institutions could result in additional regulations or requirements that increase the cost of business for us; and
negative media coverage of the financial industry, regardless of its accuracy and applicability to us, could affect customer or investor sentiment, harm our reputation and have a materially adverse effect on our business or the price of our securities.
Because of our loans to consumers and our shareholdings in companies engaged in consumer lending, changes in the business or regulatory environment for consumer finance companies in Japan may further adversely affect our financial results.
We have a large loan portfolio in the consumer lending industry as well as large shareholdings in subsidiaries and equity method investees in the consumer finance industry. Our domestic loans to consumers amount to approximately one-seventh of our total outstanding loans. Of this amount, the consumer loans provided by Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS, Co., Ltd., which is our primary consumer financing subsidiary, were ¥564.6 billion as of March 31, 2015, compared to ¥608.6 billion as of March 31, 2014.
Mitsubishi UFJ NICOSs consumer loan portfolio has been adversely affected by a series of regulatory reforms recently implemented in Japan, which has affected the consumer lending industry in recent years. In December 2006, the Japanese Diet passed legislation to reform the regulations relating to the consumer lending business, including amendments to the Act Regulating the Receipt of Contributions, the Receipt of Deposits, and Interest Rates, which, effective June 18, 2010, reduced the maximum permissible interest rate from 29.2% per annum to 20% per annum. The regulatory reforms also included amendments to the Money Lending Business Act, which, effective June 18, 2010, abolished the so-called gray-zone interest. Gray-zone interest refers to interest rates exceeding the limits stipulated by the Interest Rate Restriction Act (between 15% per annum to 20% per annum depending on the amount of principal). Prior to June 18, 2010, gray-zone interest was permitted under certain conditions set forth in the Money Lending Business Act. As a result of the regulatory reforms, all interest rates are now subject to the lower limits imposed by the Interest Rate Restriction Act, compelling lending institutions, including our consumer finance subsidiaries and equity method investees, to lower the interest rates they charge borrowers. The regulations that became effective on June 18, 2010 also have had a further negative impact on the business of consumer finance companies as one of the new regulations requires, among other things, consumer finance companies to limit their lending to a single customer to a maximum of one third of the customers annual income regardless of the customers repayment capability, significantly affecting consumer financing companies.
The regulations and regulatory reforms affecting the consumer finance business were one of the main factors that contributed to the decrease in interest income attributable to our consumer finance business. Our interest income attributable to the consumer finance business was approximately ¥190 billion and ¥160 billion for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2009 and 2010, respectively. However, following the regulatory changes in June 2010, our interest income attributable to the consumer finance business decreased to approximately ¥120 billion, ¥100 billion and ¥100 billion for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, our interest income attributable to the consumer finance business was approximately ¥90 billion.
In addition, as a result of decisions by the Supreme Court of Japan prior to June 18, 2010 imposing stringent requirements under the Money Lending Business Act for charging gray-zone interest rates, consumer finance companies have experienced a significant increase in borrowers claims for reimbursement of previously collected interest payments in excess of the limits stipulated by the Interest Rate Restriction Act.
Following the various legal developments in June 2010 and other industry developments, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS revised its estimate of allowance for repayment of excess interest by updating managements future forecast to reflect new reimbursement claims information and other data. As of March 31, 2013, 2014 and 2015, we had ¥77.6 billion, ¥54.1 billion and ¥36.3 billion of allowance for repayment of excess interest, respectively. For the same periods, one of our equity method investees engaged in consumer lending, ACOM CO., LTD., had
a negative impact of ¥17.0 billion, ¥18.0 billion and ¥19.7 billion, respectively, on net equity in losses of equity method investees in our consolidated statements of income. We intend to carefully monitor future developments and trends.
These developments have adversely affected, and these and any future developments may further adversely affect, the operations and financial condition of our subsidiaries, equity method investees and borrowers which are engaged in consumer lending, which in turn may affect the value of our related shareholdings and loan portfolio.
Our business may be adversely affected by competitive pressures, which have partly increased due to regulatory changes and recent market changes in the financial industry domestically and globally.
In recent years, the Japanese financial system has been undergoing significant changes and regulatory barriers to competition have been reduced. In particular, any further reform of the Japanese postal savings system, under which the Japan Post Group companies, including Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., were established in October 2007, could substantially increase competition within the financial services industry as Japan Post Bank, with the largest deposit base and branch network in Japan, may begin to offer financial services in competition with our business operations generating fee income. In May 2012, amendments to the postal privatization law became effective under which Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance may enter into new businesses upon obtaining government approvals. In December 2014, plans were announced for the public listing in Japan of shares of Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance in or after the middle of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, but remain subject to further government action. If the governments equity holdings decrease to a certain level, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance will be allowed to enter into new businesses upon submission of a notice to the government. As a result, the Japan Post Group companies may seek to enter into new financial businesses.
Competition may further increase as U.S. and European financial institutions have recently been regaining and enhancing their competitive strength and advances in information and communications technology have allowed non-financial institutions to enter the financial services industry. We also face intensifying competition in areas of our strategic expansion. For example, the Japanese mega banks, including us, and other major international banks have been expanding their operations in the Asian market, where leading local banks have recently been growing and increasing their presence. In addition, there has been significant consolidation and convergence among financial institutions domestically and globally, and this trend may continue in the future and further increase competition in the market. A number of large commercial banks and other broad-based financial services firms have merged or formed strategic alliances with, or have acquired, other financial institutions both in Japan and overseas. As a result of the strategic alliance and the joint venture companies that we formed with Morgan Stanley, we may be perceived as a competitor by some of the financial institutions with which we had a more cooperative relationship in the past. If we are unable to compete effectively in this more competitive and deregulated business environment, our business, results of operations and financial condition will be adversely affected. For a more detailed discussion of our competition in Japan, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewCompetition.
Future changes in accounting standards could have a negative impact on our business and results of operations.
Future developments or changes in accounting standards are unpredictable and beyond our control. For example, in response to the recent instabilities in global financial markets, several international organizations which set accounting standards have released proposals to revise standards on accounting for financial instruments. Accounting standards applicable to financial instruments remain subject to debate and revision by international organizations which set accounting standards. If the current accounting standards change in the future, the reported values of some of our financial instruments may need to be modified, and such modification could have a significant impact on our financial results or financial condition. For more information, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsCritical Accounting Estimates.
We could also be required to incur significant expenses to comply with new accounting standards and regulations. For example, if we adopt a new accounting system in the future, we may be required to incur significant additional costs for establishing and implementing effective internal controls, which may materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
Transactions with counterparties in countries designated by the U.S. Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism may lead some potential customers and investors in the United States and other countries to avoid doing business with us or investing in our shares.
We, through our subsidiaries, engage in business activities with entities in or affiliated with Iran, including transactions with counterparties owned or controlled by the Iranian government, and our commercial banking subsidiary has a representative office in Iran. The U.S. Department of State has designated Iran and other countries as state sponsors of terrorism, and U.S. law generally prohibits U.S. persons from doing business with such countries. We currently have business activities with entities in or affiliated with such countries in accordance with our policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with regulations applicable in the jurisdictions in which we operate.
We have loan transactions with counterparties in or affiliated with Iran, the outstanding balance of which was approximately $1.0 million, representing less than 0.0001% of our total assets, as of March 31, 2015. We do not have any loans outstanding to the financial institutions specifically listed by the U.S. government. In addition to such loan transactions, our other transactions with counterparties in or affiliated with countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism consist of receiving deposits or holding assets on behalf of individuals residing in Japan who are citizens of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism, processing payments to or from entities in or affiliated with these countries on behalf of our customers, and issuing letters of credit and guarantees in connection with transactions with entities in or affiliated with such countries by our customers. These transactions do not have a material impact on our business or financial condition. For a further discussion of transactions required to be disclosed under the U.S. Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationUnited StatesDisclosure pursuant to Section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
We are aware of initiatives by U.S. governmental entities and non-government entities, including institutional investors such as pension funds, to adopt or consider adopting laws, regulations or policies prohibiting transactions with or investment in, or requiring divestment from, entities doing business with Iran and other countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism. It is possible that such initiatives may result in our being unable to gain or retain entities subject to such prohibitions as customers, counter-parties or investors in our shares. In addition, depending on socio-political developments, our reputation may suffer due to our transactions with counterparties in or affiliated with these countries. The above circumstances could have an adverse effect on our business and financial condition.
Global financial institutions, including us, have become subject to an increasingly complex set of sanctions laws and regulations in recent years, and this regulatory environment is expected to continue. Moreover, the measures proposed or adopted vary across the major jurisdictions, increasing the cost and resources necessary to design and implement an appropriate global compliance program. The U.S. federal government and some state governments in the United States have enacted legislation designed to limit economic and financial transactions with Iran by limiting the ability of financial institutions that may have engaged in any one of a broad range of activities related to Iran to conduct various transactions in the relevant jurisdictions. The Japanese government has also implemented a series of measures under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, such as freezing the assets of designated financial institutions and others that could contribute to Irans nuclear activities, and our most recently modified policies and procedures take into account the current Japanese regulatory requirements. There remains a risk of potential U.S. regulatory action against us, however, if U.S. regulators perceive the modified policies and procedures not to be in compliance with applicable regulations.
We may not be able to maintain our capital ratios above minimum required levels, which could result in the suspension of some or all of our operations.
We, as a holding company, and our Japanese banking subsidiaries are required to maintain risk-weighted capital ratios above the levels specified in the capital adequacy guidelines of the FSA which have been revised as of March 31, 2013, as described below. As of March 31, 2015, our total risk-adjusted capital ratio was 15.68% compared to the minimum risk-adjusted capital ratio required of 8.00%, our Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.62% compared to the minimum Tier 1 capital ratio required of 6.00%, and our Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 11.14% compared to the minimum Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio required of 4.50%. Our capital ratios are calculated in accordance with Japanese banking regulations based on information derived from our financial statements prepared in accordance with Japanese GAAP. In addition, some of our subsidiaries are also subject to the capital adequacy rules of various foreign countries, including the United States where each of MUFG, BTMU, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, or MUTB, and MUAH is a financial holding company under the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act. We or our banking subsidiaries may be unable to continue to satisfy the capital adequacy requirements because of:
increases in our and our banking subsidiaries credit risk assets and expected losses because of fluctuations in our or our banking subsidiaries portfolios due to deterioration in the creditworthiness of borrowers and the issuers of equity and debt securities,
difficulty in refinancing or issuing instruments upon redemption or at maturity of such instruments to raise capital under terms and conditions similar to prior financings or issuances,
declines in the value of our or our banking subsidiaries securities portfolios,
adverse changes in foreign currency exchange rates,
adverse revisions to the capital ratio requirements,
reductions in the value of our or our banking subsidiaries deferred tax assets, and
other adverse developments.
The Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision has made a series of announcements regarding the new global regulatory framework, which has been referred to as Basel III, to strengthen the regulation, supervision and risk management of the banking sector. Various Basel III measures are being phased in from the calendar year 2013, including those designed to raise the level of minimum capital requirements and to establish an internationally harmonized leverage ratio and a global minimum liquidity standard. In addition, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has proposed additional loss absorbency requirements to supplement the Common Equity Tier 1 capital requirement ranging from 1% to 3.5% for global systemically important banks, or G-SIBs, depending on the banks systemic importance. The Financial Stability Board identified us as a G-SIB in its most recent annual report published in November 2014, and indicated that, as a G-SIB, we would be required to hold an additional 1.5% of Common Equity Tier 1 capital. The group of banks identified as G-SIBs is expected to be updated annually, and the group of G-SIBs identified in November 2014 is the first group of G-SIBs to which the stricter capital requirements will initially be applied. The stricter capital requirements are expected to be implemented in phases between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018 and will become fully effective on January 1, 2019. Based on the Basel III framework, the Japanese capital ratio framework has been revised to implement the more stringent requirements, which are being implemented in phases beginning on March 31, 2013. Likewise, local banking regulators outside of Japan, such as those in the United States, have begun, or are expected, to revise the capital and liquidity requirements imposed on our subsidiaries and operations in those countries to implement the more stringent requirements of Basel III as adopted in those countries.
Under the capital adequacy guidelines of the FSA, which have been revised in connection with the adoption of Basel III, there is a transitional measure relating to the inclusion as a capital item of capital raising instruments issued in or prior to March 2013, and such instruments can be included as a capital item when calculating capital
ratios to the extent permitted by the transitional measure. Such capital raising instruments may require refinancing upon the expiration of the transition period during which such instruments can be included as a capital item in the calculation of capital ratios. However, in order for newly issued capital raising instruments, other than common stock, to be included as a capital item in the calculation of capital ratios under the capital adequacy guidelines, such instruments must have a clause in their terms and conditions that requires them to be written off or converted into common stock upon the occurrence of certain events, including when the issuing financial institution is deemed non-viable or when the issuing financial institutions capital ratios decline below prescribed levels. As a result, under certain market conditions, we may be unable to refinance or issue capital raising instruments under terms and conditions similar to those of capital raising instruments issued in or prior to March 2013. If such circumstances arise, our and our banking subsidiaries capital could be reduced, and our and our bank subsidiaries capital ratio could decrease.
In addition, under the FSAs capital adequacy guidelines, deferred tax assets can be included as a capital item when calculating capital ratios up to a prescribed amount. However, this upper limit is expected to be reduced in phases. If and to the extent the amount of deferred tax assets exceeds this limit and cannot be included in Common Equity Tier 1 capital, our and our banking subsidiaries capital ratios can decrease.
If our capital ratios fall below required levels, the FSA could require us to take a variety of corrective actions, including withdrawal from all international operations or suspension of all or part of our business operations. In addition, if the capital ratios of our subsidiaries subject to capital adequacy rules of foreign jurisdictions fall below the required levels, the local regulators could also take action against them that may result in reputational damage or financial losses to us. Since maintaining our capital ratios at acceptable levels is crucial to our business, our management devotes a significant amount of attention and resources to capital ratio related issues and may also significantly alter our business strategy or operations if our capital ratios decline to unacceptable levels. For a discussion of our capital ratios and the related regulatory guidelines, see Item 4.B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and Regulation and Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesCapital Adequacy.
If the goodwill recorded in connection with our acquisitions becomes impaired, we may be required to record impairment losses, which may adversely affect our financial results and the price of our securities.
In accordance with U.S. GAAP, we account for our business combinations using the acquisition method of accounting. We recorded the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the assets and liabilities of the acquired companies as goodwill. U.S. GAAP requires us to test goodwill for impairment at least annually, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that goodwill may be impaired. As of March 31, 2015, the total balance of goodwill was ¥807.6 billion.
For the fiscal years ended March 31, 2014 and 2015, we recognized ¥7.8 billion and ¥3.4 billion, respectively, in impairment of goodwill relating to various reporting units in the Integrated Trust Assets Business Group segment. We readjusted its future cash flow projection of the reporting units in this segment, considering the relevant subsidiaries recent business performance. As a result, the fair values of these reporting units, which were based on discounted future cash flows, fell below the carrying amounts of the reporting units, and the impairment losses were recognized on the related goodwill. The impairment losses were included in Other non-interest expenses in our consolidated statements of income included elsewhere in this Annual Report.
We may be required to record additional impairment losses relating to goodwill in future periods if the fair value of any of our reporting units declines below the fair value of related assets net of liabilities. Any additional impairment losses will negatively affect our financial results, and the price of our securities could be adversely affected. For a detailed discussion of our periodic testing of goodwill for impairment and the goodwill recorded, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsCritical Accounting EstimatesAccounting for Goodwill and Intangible Assets.
A further downgrade of our credit ratings could trigger additional collateral obligations under our derivative contracts and increase our funding costs.
In August 2011, Moodys Japan K.K. announced that it downgraded the long-term credit ratings of BTMU and MUTB by one-notch from Aa2 to Aa3, and the long-term credit rating of MUSHD by one-notch from A1 to A2. In July 2012, Fitch Rating Japan Limited downgraded the ratings assigned to BTMU and MUTB by one-notch from A to A-, although Fitch subsequently upgraded them. In December 2014, Moodys announced that it downgraded the long-term credit ratings of BTMU and MUTB by one-notch from Aa3 to A1, the long-term credit rating of MUSHD by one-notch from A2 to A3, and the short-term credit rating of MUSHD by one-notch from P-1 to P-2. A further credit rating downgrade by Moodys, Fitch, Standard & Poors Ratings Services LLC or any other credit rating agency may have an adverse impact on us. Substantially all of the derivative contracts with collateral obligations entered into by BTMU, MUTB and MUSHD are subject to a Credit Support Annex, or CSA, as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., or ISDA. Following the downgrades by Moodys and Fitch, some of our existing CSAs were modified to require, and some of the new CSAs that we entered into required, additional collateral at lower thresholds.
Assuming all of the relevant credit rating agencies downgraded the credit ratings of BTMU, MUTB and MUSHD by one-notch on March 31, 2015, we estimate that our three main subsidiaries under their derivative contracts as of the same date would have been required to provide additional collateral of approximately ¥7.7 billion. Assuming a two-notch downgrade by all of the relevant credit rating agencies occurred on the same date, we estimate that the additional collateral requirements for BTMU, MUTB and MUSHD under their derivative contracts as of the same date would have been approximately ¥17.3 billion. In addition, a further downgrade of the credit ratings of our major subsidiaries could result in higher funding costs. For additional information on the impact of recent downgrades, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesFinancial ConditionSources of Funding and Liquidity.
Failure to safeguard personal and other confidential information may result in liability, reputational damage or financial losses.
As our operations expand in volume, complexity and geographic scope, we are exposed to increased risk of confidential information in our possession being lost, leaked, altered or falsified as a result of human or system error, misconduct, unlawful behavior or scheme, unauthorized access or natural or human-caused disasters. Our information systems and information management policies and procedures may not be sufficient to safeguard confidential information against such risks.
As a financial institution in possession of customer information, we are required to treat personal and other confidential information as required by the Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan, as well as the Banking Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. In the event that personal information in our possession about our customers or employees is leaked or improperly accessed and subsequently misused, we may be subject to liability and regulatory action. We may have to provide compensation for economic loss and emotional distress arising out of a failure to protect such information. In addition, such incidents could create a negative public perception of our operations, systems or brand, which may in turn decrease customer and market confidence and materially and adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
Moreover, any loss, leakage, alteration or falsification of confidential information, or any malfunction or failure of our information systems, may result in significant disruptions to our business operations or plans or may require us to incur significant financial, human and other resources to implement corrective measures or enhance our information systems and information management policies and procedures.
Our operations are highly dependent on our information and communications systems and are subject to an increasing risk of cyber-attacks and other information security threats.
Our information and communications systems constitute a core infrastructure for our operations. Given our global operations with an extensive network of branches and offices, the proper functioning of our information and communications systems is critical to our ability to efficiently and accurately process a large volume of transactions, ensure adequate internal controls, appropriately manage various risks, and otherwise service our clients and customers. Cyber-attacks and other forms of unauthorized access and computer viruses, which are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and more difficult to predict, detect and prevent, could cause disruptions to, and malfunctions of, such systems and result in unintended releases of confidential and proprietary information stored in or transmitted through the systems, interruptions in the operations of our clients, customers and counterparties, and deterioration in our ability to service our clients and customers. These consequences could result in financial losses, including costs and expenses incurred in connection with countermeasures and improvements as well as compensation to affected parties, lead to regulatory actions, diminish our clients and customers satisfaction with and confidence in us, and harm our reputation in the market, which could in turn adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Risks Related to Owning Our Shares
It may not be possible for investors to effect service of process within the United States upon us or our directors or management members, or to enforce against us or those persons judgments obtained in U.S. courts predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal or state securities laws.
We are a joint stock company incorporated under the laws of Japan. Almost all of our directors or management members reside outside the United States. Many of our assets and the assets of these persons are located in Japan and elsewhere outside the United States. It may not be possible, therefore, for U.S. investors to effect service of process within the United States upon us or these persons or to enforce, against us or these persons, judgments obtained in the U.S. courts predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal or state securities laws.
We believe there is doubt as to the enforceability in Japan, in original actions or in actions brought in Japanese courts to enforce judgments of U.S. courts, of claims predicated solely upon the U.S. federal or state securities laws mainly because the Civil Execution Act of Japan requires Japanese courts to deny requests for the enforcement of judgments of foreign courts if foreign judgments fail to satisfy the requirements prescribed by the Civil Execution Act, including:
the jurisdiction of the foreign court be recognized under laws, regulations, treaties or conventions;
proper service of process be made on relevant defendants, or relevant defendants be given appropriate protection if such service is not received;
the judgment and proceedings of the foreign court not be repugnant to public policy as applied in Japan; and
there exist reciprocity as to the recognition by a court of the relevant foreign jurisdiction of a final judgment of a Japanese court.
Judgments obtained in the U.S. courts predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal or state securities laws may not satisfy these requirements.
Risks Related to Owning Our ADSs
As a holder of ADSs, you have fewer rights than a shareholder of record in our shareholder register since you must act through the depositary to exercise these rights.
The rights of our shareholders under Japanese law to take actions such as voting, receiving dividends and distributions, bringing derivative actions, examining our accounting books and records and exercising appraisal
rights are available only to shareholders of record. Because the depositary, through its custodian, is the record holder of the shares underlying the American Depositary Shares, or ADSs, only the depositary can exercise shareholder rights relating to the deposited shares. ADS holders, in their capacity, will not be able to directly bring a derivative action, examine our accounting books and records and exercise appraisal rights. We have appointed The Bank of New York Mellon as depositary, and we have the authority to replace the depositary.
Pursuant to the deposit agreement among us, the depositary and a holder of ADSs, the depositary will make efforts to exercise voting or any other rights associated with shares underlying ADSs in accordance with the instructions given by ADS holders, and to pay to ADS holders dividends and distributions collected from us. However, the depositary can exercise reasonable discretion in carrying out the instructions or making distributions, and is not liable for failure to do so as long as it has acted in good faith. Therefore, ADS holders may not be able to exercise voting or any other rights in the manner that they had intended, or may lose some or all of the value of the dividends or the distributions. Moreover, the depositary agreement that governs the obligations of the depositary may be amended or terminated by us and the depositary without your consent, notice, or any reason. As a result, you may be prevented from having the rights in connection with the deposited shares exercised in the way you had wished or at all.
ADS holders are dependent on the depositary to receive our communications. We send to the depositary all of our communications to ADS holders, including annual reports, notices and voting materials, in Japanese. ADS holders may not receive all of our communications with shareholders of record in our shareholder register in the same manner or on an equal basis. In addition, ADS holders may not be able to exercise their rights as ADS holders due to delays in the depositary transmitting our shareholder communications to ADS holders. For a detailed discussion of the rights of ADS holders and the terms of the deposit agreement, see Item 10.B. Additional InformationMemorandum and Articles of AssociationAmerican Depositary Shares.
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|A.||History and Development of the Company|
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
MUFG is a bank holding company incorporated as a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) under the Company Law of Japan. We are the holding company for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., or BTMU, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, or MUTB, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd., or MUSHD, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd., or MUMSS, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd., and other companies engaged in a wide range of financial businesses.
On April 2, 2001, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd., Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation, or Mitsubishi Trust Bank, and Nippon Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. established Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, Inc., or MTFG, to be a holding company for the three entities. Before that, each of the banks had been a publicly traded company. On April 2, 2001, through a stock-for-stock exchange, they became wholly-owned subsidiaries of MTFG, and the former shareholders of the three banks became shareholders of MTFG. Nippon Trust and Banking was later merged into Mitsubishi Trust Bank.
On June 29, 2005, the merger agreement between MTFG and UFJ Holdings was approved at the general shareholders meetings of MTFG and UFJ Holdings. As the surviving entity, MTFG was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. The merger of the two bank holding companies was completed on October 1, 2005.
On September 30, 2007, MUSHD, which was then called Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd., or MUS, became our wholly-owned subsidiary through a share exchange transaction.
On October 13, 2008, we formed a global strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley and, as part of the alliance, made an equity investment in Morgan Stanley in the form of convertible and non-convertible preferred stock, and subsequently appointed a representative to Morgan Stanleys board of directors.
On October 21, 2008, we completed a tender offer for outstanding shares of ACOM CO., LTD. common stock, raising our ownership in ACOM to approximately 40%.
On November 4, 2008, BTMU completed the acquisition of all of the shares of common stock of UnionBanCal Corporation, or UNBC, not previously owned by BTMU and, as a result, UNBC became a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of MUFG.
On May 1, 2010, we and Morgan Stanley integrated our securities and investment banking businesses in Japan into two joint venture securities companies, one of which is MUMSS. MUMSS was created by spinning off the wholesale and retail securities businesses conducted in Japan from MUSHD and subsequently assuming certain operations in Japan from a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley.
On June 30, 2011, we converted all of our Morgan Stanleys convertible preferred stock into Morgan Stanleys common stock, resulting in our holding approximately 22.4% of the voting rights in Morgan Stanley. Further, we appointed a second representative to Morgan Stanleys board of directors on July 20, 2011. Following the conversion on June 30, 2011, Morgan Stanley became our equity-method affiliate. As of March 31, 2015, we held approximately 21.9% of the voting rights in Morgan Stanley and had two representatives appointed to Morgan Stanleys board of directors. We and Morgan Stanley continue to pursue a variety of business opportunities in Japan and abroad in accordance with the global strategic alliance.
On December 18, 2013, we acquired approximately 72.0% of the total outstanding shares of Krungsri, or KS, through BTMU. As a result of the transaction, KS has become a consolidated subsidiary of BTMU.
On July 1, 2014, we integrated BTMUs operations in the Americas region with UNBCs operations, and changed UNBCs corporate name to MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, or MUAH. On the same day, Union Bank, N.A., which is MUAHs principal subsidiary and our primary operating subsidiary in the United States, was also renamed MUFG Union Bank, N.A., or MUB. MUAH currently oversees BTMUs operations in the Americas region as well as the operations of MUB.
On January 5, 2015, BTMU integrated its Bangkok branch with KS through a contribution in kind of the BTMU Bangkok branch business to KS, and BTMU received newly issued shares of KS common stock. As a result of this transaction, BTMUs ownership interest in KS increased to 76.88%.
On June 25, 2015, our shareholders approved an amendment to our articles of incorporation to adopt our current governance framework with a board of directors and board committees, including statutorily mandated nominating committee, audit committee and compensation committee, each consisting of members of the board of directors. We previously had a governance framework with a board of directors and a board of corporate auditors. See Item 6.C. Directors, Senior Management and EmployeesBoard Practices.
Our registered address is 7-1, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8330, Japan, and our telephone number is 81-3-3240-8111.
For a discussion of recent developments, see Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsRecent Developments.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
BTMU is a major commercial banking organization in Japan that provides a broad range of domestic and international banking services from its offices in Japan and around the world. BTMUs registered head office is located at 7-1, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8388, Japan, and its telephone number is 81-3-3240-1111. BTMU is a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) incorporated in Japan under the Company Law.
BTMU was formed through the merger, on January 1, 2006, of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and UFJ Bank Limited after their respective parent companies, MTFG and UFJ Holdings, merged to form MUFG on October 1, 2005.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi was formed through the merger, on April 1, 1996, of The Mitsubishi Bank, Limited and The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd.
The origins of Mitsubishi Bank can be traced to the Mitsubishi Exchange Office, a money exchange house established in 1880 by Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of the Mitsubishi industrial, commercial and financial group. In 1895, the Mitsubishi Exchange Office was succeeded by the Banking Division of the Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha, the holding company of the Mitsubishi group of companies. Mitsubishi Bank had been a principal bank to many of the Mitsubishi group companies but broadened its relationships to cover a wide range of Japanese industries, small and medium-sized companies and individuals.
Bank of Tokyo was established in 1946 as a successor to The Yokohama Specie Bank, Ltd., a special foreign exchange bank established in 1880. When the government of Japan promulgated the Foreign Exchange Bank Law in 1954, Bank of Tokyo became the only bank licensed under that law. Because of its license, Bank of Tokyo received special consideration from the Ministry of Finance in establishing its offices abroad and in many other aspects relating to foreign exchange and international finance.
UFJ Bank was formed through the merger, on January 15, 2002, of The Sanwa Bank, Limited and The Tokai Bank, Limited.
Sanwa Bank was established in 1933 when the three Osaka-based banks, the Konoike Bank, the Yamaguchi Bank, and the Sanjyushi Bank merged. Sanwa Bank was known as a city bank having the longest history in Japan, since the foundation of Konoike Bank can be traced back to the Konoike Exchange Office established in 1656. The origin of Yamaguchi Bank was also a money exchange house, established in 1863. Sanjyushi Bank was founded by influential fiber wholesalers in 1878. The corporate philosophy of Sanwa Bank had been the creation of premier banking services especially for small and medium-sized companies and individuals.
Tokai Bank was established in 1941 when the three Nagoya-based banks, the Aichi Bank, the Ito Bank, and the Nagoya Bank merged. In 1896, Aichi Bank took over businesses of the Jyuichi Bank established by wholesalers in 1877 and the Hyakusanjyushi Bank established in 1878. Ito Bank and Nagoya Bank were established in 1881 and 1882, respectively. Tokai Bank had expanded the commercial banking business to contribute to economic growth mainly of the Chubu area in Japan, which is known for its manufacturing industries, especially automobiles.
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
MUTB is a major trust bank in Japan, providing trust and banking services to meet the financing and investment needs of clients in Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as in the United States and Europe. MUTBs registered head office is located at 4-5, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8212, Japan, and its telephone number is 81-3-3212-1211. MUTB is a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) incorporated in Japan under the Company Law.
MUTB was formed on October 1, 2005 through the merger of Mitsubishi Trust Bank and UFJ Trust Bank Limited. As the surviving entity, Mitsubishi Trust Bank was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.
Mitsubishi Trust Bank traces its history to The Mitsubishi Trust Company, Limited, which was founded by the leading members of the Mitsubishi group companies in 1927. The Japanese banking and financial industry was reconstructed after World War II and, in 1948, Mitsubishi Trust Bank was authorized to engage in the commercial banking business, in addition to its trust business, under the new name Asahi Trust & Banking Corporation. In 1952, the bank changed its name again to The Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation.
Nippon Trust and Banking and The Tokyo Trust Bank, Ltd., which were previously subsidiaries of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, was merged into Mitsubishi Trust Bank on October 1, 2001.
UFJ Trust Bank was founded in 1959 as The Toyo Trust & Banking Company, Limited, or Toyo Trust Bank. The Sanwa Trust & Banking Company, Limited, which was a subsidiary of Sanwa Bank, was merged into Toyo Trust Bank on October 1, 1999. The Tokai Trust & Banking Company, Limited, which was a subsidiary of Tokai Bank, was merged into Toyo Trust Bank on July 1, 2001. Toyo Trust Bank was renamed UFJ Trust Bank Limited on January 15, 2002.
Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd.
MUSHD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MUFG. MUSHD functions as an intermediate holding company of MUFGs global securities business. MUSHDs registered head office is located at 5-2, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan, and its telephone number is 81-3-6213-2550. MUSHD is a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) incorporated in Japan under the Company Law. MUSHD has major overseas subsidiaries in London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Geneva.
In April 2010, MUSHD, which was previously called Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd., or MUS, became an intermediate holding company by spinning off its securities and investment banking business operations to a wholly-owned operating subsidiary established in December 2009, currently MUMSS. Upon the consummation of the corporate spin-off transaction, the intermediate holding company was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd. and the operating subsidiary was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd. The operating subsidiary was subsequently renamed MUMSS in May 2010 upon integration of our securities operations in Japan with those of Morgan Stanley.
MUS was formed through the merger between Mitsubishi Securities Co., Ltd. and UFJ Tsubasa Securities Co., Ltd. on October 1, 2005, with Mitsubishi Securities being the surviving entity. The surviving entity was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd. and, in September 2007, became our wholly-owned subsidiary through a share exchange transaction.
Mitsubishi Securities was formed in September 2002 through a merger of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishis securities subsidiaries and affiliate, KOKUSAI Securities Co., Ltd., Tokyo-Mitsubishi Securities Co., Ltd. and Tokyo-Mitsubishi Personal Securities Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Trust Banks securities affiliate, Issei Securities Co., Ltd. In July 2005, MTFG made Mitsubishi Securities a directly-held subsidiary by acquiring all of the shares of Mitsubishi Securities common stock held by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Mitsubishi Trust Bank.
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.
MUMSS is our core securities and investment banking subsidiary. MUMSS was created in May 2010 as one of the two Japanese joint venture securities companies between Morgan Stanley and us as part of our global strategic alliance. MUMSS succeeded to the investment banking operations conducted in Japan by a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley and the wholesale and retail securities businesses conducted in Japan by MUS. MUFG, through MUSHD, holds 60% voting and economic interests in MUMSS. MUMSSs registered head office is located at 5-2 Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005 Japan, and its telephone number is 81-3-6213-8500. MUMSS is a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) incorporated in Japan under the Company Law. For more information on our joint venture securities companies, see B. Business OverviewGlobal Strategic Alliance with Morgan Stanley.
Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS is a major credit card company in Japan that issues credit cards, including those issued under the MUFG, NICOS, UFJ and DC brands, and provides a broad range of credit card and other related services for its card members in Japan. Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS is a consolidated subsidiary of MUFG. Mitsubishi
UFJ NICOSs registered head office is located at 33-5, Hongo 3-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8411, Japan, and its telephone number is 81-3-3811-3111. Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS is a joint stock company (kabushiki kaisha) incorporated in Japan under the Company Law.
On August 1, 2008, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS became a wholly-owned subsidiary of MUFG through a share exchange transaction. On the same day, we entered into a share transfer agreement with The Norinchukin Bank, or Norinchukin, under which we sold some of our shares of Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS common stock to Norinchukin. Currently, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS is a consolidated subsidiary of MUFG. In March 2011, we and Norinchukin made additional equity investments in Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS in proportion to our and Norinchukins respective beneficial ownership of approximately 85% and 15%, respectively.
Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS was formed through the merger, on April 1, 2007, of UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd. and DC Card Co., Ltd. As the surviving entity, UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd. was renamed Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd.
UFJ NICOS was formed through the merger, on October 1, 2005, of Nippon Shinpan Co., Ltd. and UFJ Card Co., Ltd. Originally founded in 1951 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1961, Nippon Shinpan was a leading company in the consumer credit business in Japan. Nippon Shinpan became a subsidiary of MUFG at the time of the merger with UFJ Card.
Prior to the merger between MTFG and UFJ Holdings in October 2005, DC Card was a subsidiary of MTFG while UFJ Card was a subsidiary of UFJ Holdings.
We are one of the worlds largest and most diversified financial groups with total assets of ¥280.89 trillion as of March 31, 2015. The Group is comprised of BTMU, MUTB, MUMSS (through MUSHD), Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS and other subsidiaries and affiliates, for which we are the holding company. As a bank holding company, we are regulated under the Banking Law of Japan. Our services include commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, leasing and many more fields of financial services. The Group has the largest overseas network among the Japanese banks, comprised of offices and subsidiaries, including MUB and KS, in more than 40 countries.
Since April 2004, we have adopted an integrated business group system comprising our core business areas, which serve as the Groups core sources of net operating profit. As of March 31, 2015, we had five business segments: Integrated Retail Banking Business, Integrated Corporate Banking Business, Integrated Trust Assets Business, Integrated Global Business and Integrated Global Markets Business. In addition to these five integrated business groups, Krungsri, our banking subsidiary in Thailand, was treated as a business segment. For further information on our business segments, see Item 5.A. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsOperating ResultsBusiness Segment Analysis.
As we began to implement our new medium-term management strategy in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, we made changes to our business segments. Specifically, effective this current fiscal year, the Integrated Retail Banking Business Group, the Integrated Corporate Banking Business Group, the Integrated Trust Assets Business Group, the Integrated Global Business Group and the Integrated Global Markets Business Group are renamed the Retail Banking Business Group, the Corporate Banking Business Group, the Trust Assets Business Group, the Global Business Group and the Global Markets Business Group, respectively. In addition, the Krungsri segment is integrated into, and made part of, the Global Business Group. The descriptions of the business groups that follow in this Item are based on the current business segments.
MUFGs role as the holding company is to strategically manage and coordinate the activities of these business segments. Group-wide strategies are determined by the holding company and executed by the banking subsidiaries and other subsidiaries.
In October 2008, each of MUFG, BTMU, MUTB and UNBC (now MUAH) became a financial holding company under the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act. For more information, see Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessWe may not be able to maintain our capital ratios above minimum required levels, which could result in the suspension of some or all of our operations and B. Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewSupervision and RegulationUnited States.
MUFG Management Policy
MUFG Group has formulated the Group Corporate Vision to clarify the nature of the Groups overall mission and the type of group it should aspire to be, and as a shared principle to unify the hearts and minds of Group employees, while meeting the expectations of our customers and society. Throughout the Group, the people of MUFG are working under three shared valuesIntegrity and Responsibility, Professionalism and Teamwork, and Challenging Ourselves to Growwhile aiming to be the worlds most trusted financial group.
We have declared our message to the world as Quality for You, with managements emphasis on quality. Quality for You means that by providing high-quality services, we aspire to help improve the quality of the lives of individual customers and the quality of each corporate customer. The You expresses the basic stance of MUFG that we seek to contribute not only to the development of our individual customers but also communities and society. We believe that delivering superior quality services, reliability, and global coverage will result in more profound and enduring contributions to society.
Medium- and long-term management strategy
The operating environment for financial institutions is transforming substantially amidst such trends as the changes in consumption patterns stemming from the aging of the Japanese population and its declining birthrate and the advance of information and communications technology. It is crucial to the further progress of the MUFG Group for us to maintain an accurate understanding of such changes, and undertake evolution and reformation of our business model as a preemptive response to these changes. Based on this recognition, the MUFG Group turned its eye toward expected operating environment changes over the next decade, and launched a new medium-term business plan, which outlines the strategies that we intend to implement over the first three years of this period from the fiscal year ending March, 2016 to the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. The basic policy of the medium-term business plan is defined as Evolution and reformation to achieve sustainable growth for MUFG, and we have formulated Group business strategies and administrative practices and business foundation strategies of the plan based on three strategic focuses: Customer perspective, Group-driven approach, and Productivity improvements. Customer perspective calls on us to develop businesses based on changing customer needs. Group-driven approach inspires us to bolster inter-Group company unity and
consider how to optimize our business on a Group-wide basis. Productivity improvements encapsulates our commitment to boosting competitiveness by pursuing higher levels of rationality and efficiency.
For the Group business strategies, we will seek to enhance support for wealth accumulation and stimulation of consumption for individuals, contribute to the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, and link contribution to the revitalization of the Japanese economy with the stable growth of MUFG in Japan. Globally, we aim to enhance and expand businesses by evolving and reforming our Corporate & Investment Banking, or CIB, model, sales and trading operation, and asset management and investor services operations. We will also work to further reinforce transaction banking operations and strengthen commercial banking platforms in Asia and the Unites States to construct a next-generation business base.
For the administrative practices and business foundation strategies, MUFG plans to streamline Group-wide operations and create administration practices that are appropriate for a global systemically important financial institution, or G-SIFI, with maintaining a strong capital base as the first priority. This is expected to enable us continue to operate a business model that evolves and transforms on a Group-wide and global basis while taking steps to respond to the higher expectations of outside stakeholders.
Retail Banking Business Group
The Retail Banking Business Group covers all retail businesses, including commercial banking, trust banking and securities businesses, and offers a full range of banking products and services, including financial consulting services, to retail customers in Japan. This business group integrates the retail businesses of BTMU, MUTB, MUMSS and other affiliate companies of MUFG. We offer a full range of bank deposit products, including a non-interest-bearing deposit account that is redeemable on demand and intended primarily for payment and settlement functions. We also offer a variety of asset management and asset administration services, and trust products and other investment products, as well as other products and services described below.
MUFG, as an integrated financial services group, aims to respond to customers specific needs, utilizing its breadth of businesses such as commercial banking, trust banking, securities and credit card businesses. The MUFG Group is committed to offering customers safe and reliable services by strengthening frameworks for, among other things, customer protection, legal compliance, and security response.
Service Improvement Project
BTMU has launched a project titled Do Smart with an aim to improve the quality of services for individual customers. In order to contribute to the lifelong wellbeing of customers and their families, this project focuses on enhancing online banking services with smartphones and other devices, and providing customized consulting to satisfy their needs.
Responding to Investment Needs
We aim to ensure that customers can adequately inform themselves of investment opportunities by providing various mediums such as appointments with representatives, seminars at branches with investment experts as lecturers, and investment consultation sessions on weekends and national holidays, and during evening hours. We have also been expanding our product lines, adding services such as investment trusts and foreign currency deposits, in order to be better able to respond to customers various investment needs. In addition, we have been working proactively to promote the Japanese individual savings account system, generally referred to as the NISA program, which offers tax exemptions on capital gains and dividend income for investments up to ¥1.0 million a year for a maximum of five years. As of March 31, 2015, we had approximately 693,000 NISA accounts.
We have focused on strengthening collaboration among group companies. For example, foreign bonds made available by MUMSS and other group securities companies are also available at BTMU and MUTB. Also,
BTMU provides Retail Money Desk services at 64 branches across Japan, where investment experts seconded from MUMSS respond to customers sophisticated investment needs. We have implemented methods that are designed to better communicate information regarding product and service options to customers. The use of tablet computers enables BTMUs sales representatives to propose products and services that match individual customers needs by showing them the latest market information, detailed information on major products and services, and asset management and life-plan simulations. All MUTB branches now offer Private Account, an asset management account service through which each customer can consult with his or her portfolio manager in person to manage investments according to a personalized plan.
Responding to Insurance Needs
BTMU acts as a sales channel for a variety of insurance products, including annuity insurance, single premium whole life insurance, flat-rate premium whole life insurance, medical insurance, cancer insurance and nursing-care insurance. Insurance-sales specialists (insurance planners) and staff members who have taken insurance-sales and other relevant training take care of customers various insurance needs. Individual annuity insurance, whole life insurance and medical insurance plans are available at all MUTB branches. Continued efforts will be made to further reinforce product lines and sales framework.
Responding to Needs Relating to Inheritance, Gift and Real Estate
MUTB offers a number of services including a testamentary trust service called Ishindenshin which helps customers prepare, maintain and execute wills, an inheritance planning service called Shisan Keisho Planning which helps customers manage and analyze financial assets and real estate properties comprehensively, and an inheritance procedure support service called Wakachi Ai which helps customers navigate the necessary procedures upon inheritance. BTMU and MUMSS also offer inheritance-related products and services, serving as sales agents of MUTB. MUTBs asset management service called Zutto Anshin Shintaku, which helps customers and their families protect their funds and allows them to receive funds according to their chosen plan, received the Nikkei Veritas Award in the Nikkei Excellent Products & Services Awards for 2012. In April 2013, an educational fund gift trust product called Magoyorokobu was launched. BTMU also sells this product as a sales agent of MUTB. In June 2014, MUTB launched a new trust product called Okuru shiawase, a life-time gift trust product with services to assist customers with the execution of the gift. MUTB and Mitsubishi UFJ Real Estate Services offer real estate brokerage services for both investment and business properties and residential properties, responding to customers various real-estate-related needs.
Responding to Loan Needs
With respect to housing loans, BTMU offers Loans with Supplemental Health Insurance for Seven Major Illnesses through a third party insurance company to help with loan payments in case of unexpected major illnesses such as cancer or heart attacks, a group credit life insurance plan which is mandatory for housing loans, with reduced qualification requirements (Wide Danshin) and a preferred interest rate plan (Gun-to Ureshii Housing Loan). MUTB also offers housing loan plans incorporating Wide Danshin and other plans to respond to customers needs. BTMU also offers Card Loans and Purpose-Specific Term Loans, depending on customers needs. A card loan service called BANQUIC offers access to cash as quickly as in 40 minutes after the submission of an application through a video teller machine. Also, online applications are accepted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the underwriting process can be completed as quickly as in 30 minutes. Applications are also accepted over the phone. A card loan service called My Card Plus automatically loans money into the customers linked account when its balance becomes negative. Customers who already have an account with BTMU can apply for this service online. Net DE Loan is a purpose-specific term loan, which BTMU-account-holder customers can, in most circumstances, apply for without visiting a bank branch. This loan can be used to pay for education, motor vehicle purchases and other purposes.
Responding to Internet Banking Needs
BTMU and MUTB offer Internet banking services called Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Direct and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Direct, respectively, which allow customers to, among other things, transfer money, check their balance, make time deposits, make investments, apply for housing loans, and consult specialists regarding investments. In 2013, transaction screens of Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Direct were renewed, making the service even more user-friendly. The number of users has grown to approximately 15 million as of March 31, 2015. As a countermeasure to increasing online fraud and other crimes, in March 2015, BTMU started to distribute key cards through which customers can obtain a one-time temporary pass code to access their online banking accounts.
Jibun Bank Corporation was founded by BTMU in collaboration with KDDI Corporation in June 2008. The convenience that Jibun Bank offers by allowing users to execute transactions at any time on their cellphones has attracted customers in a wide age group. In addition to enabling users to check their balance and transfer money, Jibun Bank offers other products and services such as yen-denominated time deposits, foreign currency deposits, and, since June 2013, Jibun Bank FX (over-the-counter foreign exchange margin trading). As of March 31, 2015, Jibun Bank had approximately 1.9 million retail customer accounts with a total balance of deposits of ¥660 billion. Jibun Bank aims to continue offering high-quality services under the motto of a bank in the palm of your hand.
Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos offers a variety of credit cards, including MUFG Card (Gold Card), a credit card with an annual fee starting at as low as ¥2,000. With five international credit card brands (JCB, Visa, Master Card®, American Express® and China UnionPay) available, MUFG Card is designed to meet customers various needs. BTMUs Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ VISA offers various reward programs, such as cash-back in exchange for earned points. To accommodate the diverse needs of consumers, Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ VISA Debit card was launched in November 2013. The number of debit cards issued was approximately 453,000 as of March 31, 2015.
Development of Branch and ATM Networks
We have an extensive network of branches in the greater Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka areas. BTMU and MUTB have a nationwide ATM network, making use of convenience store ATMs and partnerships with other banks in addition to BTMUs and MUTBs own ATMs. In an effort to improve access to its ATMs, BTMU increased its ATM locations and extended operating hours and transaction-fee-free hours in 2013. At the same time, BTMU introduced a revised fee schedule for using partner banks ATMs and transferring money using ATMs.
We believe that finance facilitation for customers is one of our most important social responsibilities and strive to exemplify that standard. Although the Act Concerning Temporary Measures to Facilitate Financing for Small and Medium-sized Firms and Others has expired in Japan, our basic policy has not changed. We seek to offer consultation and otherwise deal attentively with small and medium-sized enterprise customers who wish to modify terms and conditions for repayment.
Strengthening the Compliance Framework
We have been making efforts to strengthen our frameworks for customer protection and legal compliance. BTMU has 260 compliance specialists stationed at its branches across the country. As for MUTB, branches are given guidance by compliance officers based in the Head Office. We intend to continue to strictly monitor the legal compliance associated with selling financial products and services.
Corporate Banking Business Group
The Corporate Banking Business Group covers domestic corporate businesses, including commercial banking, investment banking, trust banking and securities businesses, as well as businesses outside of Japan assisting mainly Japanese companies in executing and expanding their operations. Through the integration of these business lines, diverse financial products and services are provided mainly to our Japanese corporate customers, from large corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises. The business group has clarified strategic domains, sales channels and methods to match the different growth stages and financial needs of our corporate customers.
Responding to Large Corporations Needs
We offer large Japanese corporations advanced financial solutions such as derivatives, securitization, syndicated loans and structured finance. Faced with the diversified and globalized needs of our customers, we also provide sophisticated solutions and strategic proposals through collaboration between MUFG group companies and BTMU overseas offices.
Responding to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Needs
We provide various financial solutions, such as loans and fund management, remittance and foreign exchange services, to meet the requirements of small and medium-sized enterprise customers. We also help our customers develop business strategies, such as overseas expansions, inheritance-related business transfers and stock listings.
Our transaction banking operations support customers with capital management, focusing on cash management and trade finance. Through our global network we support customers who wish to establish a global manufacturing and sales network with our friendly services and commitment to quality.
A large part of our investment banking business in Japan is provided by MUMSS which was formed in May 2010 through the integration of the domestic wholesale and retail securities business previously conducted by MUS and the investment banking business conducted by Morgan Stanley Japan. See Global Strategic Alliance with Morgan Stanley below.
MUTBs experience and know-how in corporate real estate strategy consulting, real estate brokerage and appraisal services, stock transfer agency services and stock option services also enable us to offer services tailored to the financial strategies of each client, including securitization of real estate, receivables and other assets.
Trust Assets Business Group
The Trust Assets Business Group covers asset management and administration services for products such as pension trusts and security trusts by integrating the trust banking expertise of MUTB and the international strengths of BTMU. The business group provides a full range of services to corporate and pension funds, including stable and secure pension fund management and administration, advice on pension schemes, and payment of benefits to scheme members.
Our Trust Assets Business Group combines MUTBs trust assets business, comprising trust assets management services, asset administration and custodial services, and the businesses of Mitsubishi UFJ Global Custody S.A., Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services Holdings Limited, or MFS, and Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co., Ltd., which was formed on July 1, 2015 through the merger between two of our asset management subsidiaries in Japan, Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management Co., Ltd. and KOKUSAI Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi UFJ Global Custody and MFS provide global custody services, administration services for investment funds and fiduciary and trust accounts, and other related services mainly to institutional investors.
MUTB acquired MFS, formerly known as Butterfield Fulcrum Group, in September 2013. We have taken this opportunity to establish and promote a new brand called MUFG Investor Services. Under this brand, we provide a full suite of global asset administration services, including fund administration, custody, securities lending and foreign exchange as a one stop shop. In May 2014, MFS acquired Meridian Holdings Limited, a Bermuda fund administration service company. In June 2015, MFS reached an agreement with UBS Global Asset Management pursuant to which MFS is expected to acquire UBS Global Asset Managements Alternative Fund Services business in the quarter ending December 31, 2015. Through these transactions, MFS aims to enhance its competitiveness and scale of operations in the global fund administration market, which is expected to grow significantly amid the global trend of strengthening financial regulations.
Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management provides asset management and trust products and services mainly to individual customers and corporate clients in Japan.
With an aim to further enhance its business, MUTB has strategic alliances with asset management companies outside of Japan, including Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, a U.K. asset manager, and AMP Capital Holdings Limited, an Australian asset manager.
Global Business Group
The Global Business Group is charged with the responsibility of effectively coordinating and enhancing our group-wide efforts to strengthen and expand our businesses outside Japan. The Global Business Group is designed to clarify the leadership in, and enhance the coordination for, our business strategies outside Japan on a group-wide basis.
Global business development has been an important pillar of our growth strategy. Aiming to further raise our presence in the global financial market, we are shifting our approach from one where each of our group companies individually promotes its global business to a more group-wide approach. The new approach is designed to enable us to exercise our comprehensive expertise to provide our customers with value-added services more effectively.
Global financial regulations have become increasingly stringent in major financial markets, including the United States and Europe following the recent global financial crisis. Moreover, the importance of emerging markets in Asia and other regions has been rapidly growing. As a result, the business environment surrounding the international financial industry is becoming more complex. In addition, customers financing needs are becoming more diverse and sophisticated as their activities are becoming more globalized.
Amidst this dynamic environment, the Global Business Group covers our businesses outside Japan, including commercial banking services such as loans, deposits and cash management services, retail banking, trust assets and securities businesses (with the retail banking and trust assets businesses being conducted through MUB in the United States and KS in Thailand), through a global network of more than 1,150 offices outside of Japan to provide customers with financial products and services that meet their increasingly diverse and sophisticated financing needs.
CIB (Corporate and Investment Banking)
Our global CIB business primarily serves large corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign and multinational organizations with a comprehensive set of solutions for their financing needs. Through our global network of offices and branches, we provide a full range of services, including corporate banking services such as project finance, export credit agency, or ECA, finance, and financing through asset-backed commercial papers. We also provide investment banking services such as debt/equity issuance and M&A advisory services to help our customers develop their financial strategies and realize their goals. In order to meet customers various financing needs, we have established a customer-oriented coverage model through which we coordinate our product experts who offer innovative financing services globally. We are among the worlds top providers of project finance, one of the core businesses of CIB. We provide professional services in arranging limited-recourse finance and offering financial advice in various sectors, including natural resources, power, and infrastructure, backed by our experience, expertise, knowledge, and global network.
We have Transaction Banking offices in six locations around the globe through which we provide commercial banking products and services primarily for large corporations and financial institutions in managing and processing domestic and cross-border payments, mitigating risks in international trade, and providing working capital optimization. We have established the Transaction Banking Group within BTMU, which oversees its entire transaction banking operations globally, in order to enhance governance, management and quality of services in these operations. Under the Transaction Banking Group, a team of approximately 2,000 officers provides customers with support for their domestic, regional and global trade finance and cash management programs through our extensive global network.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., (MUB)
MUB is the primary subsidiary of MUAH, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BTMU and is a bank holding company in the United States. Effective July 1, 2014, BTMUs operations in the Americas region were integrated with MUAHs operations. MUAH oversees BTMUs operations in the Americas region and MUB is the primary operating entity of BTMU in the United States. MUB is a leading regional bank in California, ranked by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, as the 19th largest bank in the United States in terms of total deposits as of March 2015. MUB provides a wide range of financial services to consumers, small businesses, middle-market companies and major corporations, primarily in California, Oregon, Washington, and Texas as well as nationally and internationally.
In June 2013, MUB acquired PB Capital Corporations institutional commercial real estate lending division platform. Headquartered in New York, the commercial real estate lending division of PB Capital had approximately $3.5 billion in loans outstanding on properties in various major metropolitan areas in the United States as of June 14, 2013. In November 2013, MUB acquired First Bank Association Bank Services, a unit of First Bank, which provided a full range of banking services to homeowners associations and community management companies. MUB acquired approximately $570 million in deposits in this transaction.
See Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessAny adverse changes in the business of MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States, could significantly affect our results of operations.
Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited (KS)
KS is a major subsidiary of BTMU in Thailand. KS provides a comprehensive range of banking, consumer finance, investment, asset management, and other financial products and services to individual consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises, and large corporations mainly in Thailand. In addition, KSs consolidated
subsidiaries include a major credit card issuer in Thailand as well as a major automobile financing service provider, an asset management company, and a microfinance service provider in Thailand.
In January 2015, BTMU integrated its Bangkok Branch with KS to comply with the Thai regulatory requirement generally referred to as the one presence policy, which limits financial conglomerates to a single licensed deposit taking entity in Thailand. As of March 31, 2015, BTMU holds a 76.88% ownership interest in KS. By combining KSs local franchise with competitive presence in the retail and SME banking markets in Thailand with BTMUs global financial expertise, we seek to offer a wider range of high-value financial services to a more diverse and larger customer base.
See Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsRecent Developments and Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessAny adverse changes in the business of Bank of Ayudhya, an indirect subsidiary in Thailand, could significantly affect our results of operations.
Activities in Asia
We have been expanding our operations in Asia in an effort to further develop our businesses abroad. We have opened three overseas branches since January 2014, namely, Bangalore Branch in India, BTMU (China) Suzhou branch, and Yangon branch in Myanmar.
Global Markets Business Group
The Global Markets Business Group became the current business group on July 1, 2012 to cover the businesses specialized in financial markets products such as sales and trading, asset and liability management, and strategic investments globally on a group-wide basis.
The establishment of the Global Markets Business Group resulted in the expansion of the coordination between the Global Business Group and the Global Markets Business Group at BTMU and the collaboration between the two Groups and MUSHDs foreign subsidiaries on some of those subsidiaries sales and trading businesses. Through this collaboration, we sought to strengthen the cooperation between BTMU and MUSHD of their markets businesses and to expand our client base while improving our trading capabilities to seize interest rate and foreign exchange market opportunities for loans and corporate bond transactions. In April 2014, MUTB began to participate in the Global Markets Business Group in an effort to more fully enhance our group-wide capabilities.
Sales and Trading
We provide financing, hedging, and investing solutions to our retail, corporate, institutional, and governmental clients, through foreign exchange, bonds, equities, derivatives, and money market products. We are actively developing innovative financial products and services to offer and provide through our global network, which is designed to promptly meet diverse customer requirements.
Asset and Liability Management
We manage our interest and liquidity risks residing in our balance sheets through, among other things, transactions designed to manage profit and loss impact attributable to interest rate movements based on our balance sheet forecasts, while aiming to maximize our profit at the same time primarily by investing in highly liquid government bonds such as Japanese government bonds and U.S. treasury bonds and also by utilizing other financial products such as interest rate swaps and cross currency swaps.
We seek to enhance our profitability and diversify our portfolios by investing in financial products such as corporate bonds and funds.
Global Strategic Alliance with Morgan Stanley
As of March 31, 2015, we held approximately 432 million shares of Morgan Stanleys common stock representing approximately 21.9 % of the voting rights in Morgan Stanley and Series C Preferred Stock with a face value of approximately $ 521.4 million and 10% dividend. As of the same date, we had two representatives appointed to Morgan Stanleys board of directors. We adopted the equity method of accounting for our investment in Morgan Stanley beginning with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.
In conjunction with Morgan Stanley, we formed two securities joint venture companies in May 2010 to integrate our respective Japanese securities companies. We converted the wholesale and retail securities businesses conducted in Japan by MUS into MUMSS. Morgan Stanley contributed the investment banking operations conducted in Japan by its former wholly-owned subsidiary, Morgan Stanley Japan, to MUMSS, and converted the sales and trading and capital markets businesses conducted in Japan by Morgan Stanley Japan into an entity called Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, Co., Ltd., or MSMS. We hold a 60% economic interest in MUMSS and MSMS, and Morgan Stanley holds a 40% economic interest in MUMSS and MSMS. We hold a 60% voting interest and Morgan Stanley holds a 40% voting interest in MUMSS, and we hold a 49% voting interest and Morgan Stanley holds a 51% voting interest in MSMS. Morgan Stanleys and our economic and voting interests in the securities joint venture companies are held through intermediate holding companies. We have retained control of MUMSS and we account for our interest in MSMS under the equity method due to our significant influence over MSMS. The board of directors of MUMSS has fifteen members, nine of whom are designated by us and six of whom are designated by Morgan Stanley. The board of directors of MSMS has ten members, six of whom are designated by Morgan Stanley and four of whom are designated by us. The CEO of MUMSS is designated by us and the CEO of MSMS is designated by Morgan Stanley.
We have also expanded the scope of our global strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley into other geographies and businesses, including (1) a loan marketing joint venture that provides clients in the United States with access to the world-class lending and capital markets services from both companies, (2) an agreement to establish business referral arrangements in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering capital markets, loans, fixed income sales and other businesses, (3) a global commodities referral agreement whereby BTMU and its affiliates refer clients in need of commodities-related hedging solutions to certain affiliates of Morgan Stanley, and (4) an employee secondment program to share best practices and expertise in a wide range of business areas.
We completed transactions to transfer shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities Co., Ltd. among our consolidated subsidiaries in March 2014. MUMSS holds 75%, and BTMU holds the remaining 25%, of the voting rights in the company. Prior to the transactions, MUSHD held 51%, and BTMU held the remaining 49%, of the voting rights in the company. Concurrent with the completion of the transactions, the company changed its name to Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley PB Securities Co., Ltd. In connection with its new shareholdings, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley PB Securities entered into a new service agreement with Morgan Stanley. Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley PB Securities leverages MUFGs broad customer base, utilizes Morgan Stanleys global and high quality insight, and further its collaborations with other group companies by strengthening its coordination with MUMSS. It aims for further development of its wealth management business, which is one of the largest in Japan.
See Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessIf our strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley fails, we could suffer financial or reputational loss.
We face strong competition in all of our principal areas of operations. The structural reforms in financial industry regulations and recent developments in financial markets have resulted in some significant changes in the Japanese financial system and prompted banks to merge or reorganize their operations, thus changing the nature of competition from other financial institutions as well as from other types of businesses.
Since their formation in 2000 and 2001, the so-called Japanese mega bank groups, including us, the Mizuho Financial Group and the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, have continued to expand their businesses and take measures designed to enhance their financial group capabilities. For example, in December 2014, the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group announced its agreement with Citigroup Inc., under which SMBC Trust Bank, Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, will acquire the retail banking business of Citibank Japan, Ltd. in October 2015, subject to regulatory approvals. In July 2013, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. merged, and the merged entity presently operates under the corporate name of Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Heightened competition among the mega bank groups is currently expected in various financial sectors as they have recently announced plans to expand, or have expanded, their respective businesses. For example, in the securities sector, in May 2010, in conjunction with Morgan Stanley, we created two securities joint venture companies in Japan, MUMSS and MSMS, by integrating the operations of MUS and Morgan Stanley Japan. In January 2013, Mizuho Securities and Mizuho Investors Securities Co., Ltd. merged. For a discussion of the two securities joint venture companies created by us and Morgan Stanley, see B. Business OverviewGlobal Strategic Alliance with Morgan Stanley.
In the retail business sector, customers often have needs for a broad range of financial products and services, such as investment trusts and insurance products. Recently, competition has increased due to the development of new products and distribution channels. For example, Japanese banks have started competing with one another by developing innovative proprietary computer technologies that allow them to deliver basic banking services in a more efficient manner and to create sophisticated new products in response to customer demand. Increased competition is expected following the introduction in January 2014 of the Japanese individual savings account system, generally referred to as the NISA program, which offers tax exemptions on capital gains and dividend income for investments up to ¥1 million a year for a maximum of five years. In addition, in March 2015, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank announced its agreement with Citigroup Inc., to acquire all of the issued shares of Citi Cards Japan, Inc., which operates Citigroups credit card business in Japan.
In the private banking sector, competition among the mega bank groups has intensified as a result of recent corporate actions designed to strengthen their operations. We made Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities Co., Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary in December 2012 to enhance our private banking services for high net-worth customers, and changed its name to Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley PB Securities, Ltd. in March 2014. In October 2013, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation acquired the former Société Générale Private Banking Japan, Ltd. from Société Générale S.A. and changed its name to SMBC Trust Bank Ltd.
In the consumer finance sector, recent regulatory reforms and legal developments have negatively impacted the business environment, resulting in failures of several consumer finance companies and intensified competition among consumer finance companies that have remained in business, particularly among those affiliated with the mega banks. In April 2012, Promise Co., Ltd. became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and changed its name as SMBC Consumer Finance Co., Ltd. in July 2012. See Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessBecause of our loans to consumers and our shareholdings in companies engaged in consumer lending, changes in the business or regulatory environment for consumer finance companies in Japan may further adversely affect our financial results.
The trust assets business is an area that is becoming increasingly competitive because of regulatory changes in the industry that have expanded the products and services that can be offered since the mid-2000s. In addition, there is growing corporate demand for changes in the trust regulatory environment, such as reforms of the pension system and related accounting regulations under Japanese GAAP. Competition may increase in the future as changes are made to respond to such corporate demand and regulatory barriers to entry are lowered. In
April 2011, Sumitomo Trust and Banking and Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc. established Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc., a holding company, to integrate their operations. In April 2012, Sumitomo Trust and Banking, The Chuo Mitsui Trust and Banking Company, Limited and Chuo Mitsui Asset Trust and Banking Company, Limited, the three trust bank subsidiaries of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, merged, and the surviving entity was renamed Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited. In March 2015, the Mizuho Financial Group announced plans to integrate Mizuho Asset Management Co., Ltd., Shinko Asset Management Co., Ltd. and the asset management business of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd., all of which are asset management subsidiaries of the Mizuho Financial Group in Japan, and DIAM Co., Ltd., which is an asset management joint venture between the Mizuho Financial Group and Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company in Japan. On July 1, 2015, two of our asset management subsidiaries in Japan, Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management Co., Ltd. and KOKUSAI Asset Management Co., Ltd. merged, and the surviving entity presently operates under the corporate name of Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co., Ltd. As a result, competition is expected to intensify in the asset management and trust assets businesses.
In recent years, the Japanese government has identified several governmental financial institutions as candidates to privatize. In particular, the privatization of the Japan Post Group companies could substantially increase competition within the financial services industry as Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. is one of the worlds largest holders of deposits. Although the Japanese governments privatization plan for the Japan Post Group companies was suspended in December 2009, a revised postal privatization law became effective in May 2012, allowing the government to commence its sales of shares in the Japan Post Group companies. The revised law requires Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. to make efforts to sell its shares in Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. as soon as possible but does not provide a specific deadline. In December 2014, plans were announced for the public listing in Japan of shares of Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance in or after the middle of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, but remain subject to further government action. Additionally, under the revised law, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance may enter into new business areas upon obtaining government approvals, and if the governments equity holdings decrease to a certain level, the two companies will be allowed to enter into new business areas upon submission of a notice to the government. In such case, the Japan Post Group companies may seek to enter into new financial businesses and increasingly compete with us. See Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessOur business may be adversely affected by competitive pressures, which have partly increased due to regulatory changes and recent market changes in the financial industry domestically and globally and B. Business OverviewThe Japanese Financial SystemGovernment Financial Institutions.
The mega bank groups face significant competition with other financial groups as well as companies that have traditionally not been engaged in banking services. For example, the Nomura Group has been a major player in the securities market in Japan. In addition, various Japanese non-bank financial institutions and non-financial companies have entered into the Japanese banking sector. For example, Orix Corporation, a non-bank financial institution, as well as the Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation and Aeon Co., Ltd., which were non-financial companies, offer various banking services, often through non-traditional distribution channels.
In the United States, we face substantial competition in all aspects of our business. We face competition from other large U.S. and non-U.S. money-center banks, as well as from similar institutions that provide financial services. Through MUB, we currently compete principally with U.S. and non-U.S. money-center and regional banks, thrift institutions, asset management companies, investment advisory companies, consumer finance companies, credit unions and other financial institutions.
In other international markets, we face competition from commercial banks and similar financial institutions, particularly major international banks and the leading domestic banks in the local financial markets in which we conduct business. For example, Japanese mega banks, including us, and other major international banks have been expanding their operations in the Asian market, where leading local banks also have been
growing and increasing their presence recently. Furthermore, we are aiming to expand our retail and small and medium-sized enterprise businesses along with our corporate banking business in South East Asia through our acquisition of KS in Thailand, and compete with leading local banks in such businesses.
In addition, we may face further competition as a result of recent investments, mergers and other business tie-ups among global financial institutions.
The Japanese Financial System
Japanese financial institutions may be categorized into three types:
the central bank, namely the Bank of Japan;
private banking institutions; and
government financial institutions.
The Bank of Japan
The Bank of Japans role is to maintain price stability and the stability of the financial system to ensure a solid foundation for sound economic development.
Private Banking Institutions
Private banking institutions in Japan are commonly classified into two categories (the following numbers are based on information published by the FSA available as of May 7, 2015):
ordinary banks (125 ordinary banks and 54 foreign commercial banks with ordinary banking operations); and
trust banks (16 trust banks, including two Japanese subsidiaries of foreign financial institutions).
Ordinary banks in turn are classified as city banks, of which there are four, including BTMU, and regional banks, of which there are 106 and other banks, of which there are 15. In general, the operations of ordinary banks correspond to commercial banking operations in the United States. City banks and regional banks are distinguished based on head office location as well as the size and scope of their operations.
The city banks are generally considered to constitute the largest and most influential group of banks in Japan. Generally, these banks are based in large cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka, and operate nationally through networks of branch offices. The city banks provide a wide variety of banking and other financial products and services to large corporate customers, including the major industrial companies in Japan, as well as small and medium-sized companies and retail customers.
With some exceptions, the regional banks tend to be much smaller in terms of total assets than the city banks. Each of the regional banks is based in one of the Japanese prefectures and extends its operations into neighboring prefectures. Their customers are mostly regional enterprises and local public utilities. The regional banks also lend to large corporations. In line with the recent trend among financial institutions toward mergers or business tie-ups, various regional banks have announced or are currently negotiating or pursuing integration transactions.
Trust banks, including MUTB, provide various trust services relating to money trusts, pension trusts and investment trusts and offer other services relating to real estate, stock transfer agency and testamentary services as well as banking services.
In recent years, almost all of the city banks have consolidated with other city banks and in some cases, integrated with trust banks. Consolidation or integration among these banks was achieved, in most cases, through the use of a bank holding company.
In addition to ordinary banks and trust banks, other private financial institutions in Japan, including banks operated by non-financial companies, shinkin banks, or credit associations, and credit cooperatives, are engaged primarily in making loans to small businesses and individuals.
Government Financial Institutions
There are a number of government financial institutions in Japan, which are corporations wholly owned by the government and operate under the governments supervision. Their funds are provided mainly from government sources. Certain types of operations undertaken by these institutions have been or are planned to be assumed by, or integrated with the operations of, private corporations through privatizations and other measures.
Among them are the following:
The Development Bank of Japan, which was established for the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Japan by extending long-term loans, mainly to primary and secondary sector industries, and which was reorganized as a joint stock company in October 2008 as part of its ongoing privatization process, with the government being required by law to continue to hold 50% or more of the shares in the bank until the completion of certain specified investment operations, which the bank is required to endeavor to achieve by March 2026, and more than one-third for an unspecified period thereafter;
Japan Finance Corporation, which was formed in October 2008, through the merger of the international financial operations of the former Japan Bank for International Cooperation, National Life Finance Corporation, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Finance Corporation, and Japan Finance Corporation for Small and Medium Enterprise, for the primary purposes of supplementing and encouraging the private financing of exports, imports, overseas investments and overseas economic cooperation, and supplementing private financing to the general public, small and medium-sized enterprises and those engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishery. In April 2012, Japan Finance Corporation spun off its international operations to create Japan Bank for International Cooperation as a separate government-owned entity;
Japan Housing Finance Agency, which was originally established in June 1950 as the Government Housing Loan Corporation for the purpose of providing housing loans to the general public, and which was reorganized as an incorporated administrative agency and started to specialize in securitization of housing loans in April 2007; and
The Japan Post Group companies, a group of joint stock companies including Japan Post Bank, which were formed in October 2007 as part of the Japanese governments privatization plan for the former Japan Post, a government-run public services corporation, which had been the Postal Service Agency until March 2003. The Japanese governments privatization plan for the Japan Post Group companies was suspended in December 2009. In May 2012, a revised postal privatization law became effective, allowing the government to commence its sales of shares in the Japan Post Group companies in the future. In December 2014, plans were announced for the public listing in Japan of shares of Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance in or after the middle of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, but remain subject to further government action.
Supervision and Regulation
Supervision. The FSA, is responsible for supervising and overseeing financial institutions, making policy for the overall Japanese financial system and conducting insolvency proceedings with respect to financial institutions. The Bank of Japan, as the central bank for financial institutions, also has supervisory authority over banks in Japan, based primarily on its contractual agreements and transactions with the banks.
The Banking Law. Among the various laws that regulate financial institutions, the Banking Law and its subordinated orders and ordinances are regarded as the fundamental law for ordinary banks and other private
financial institutions. The Banking Law addresses capital adequacy, inspections and reporting to banks and bank holding companies, as well as the scope of business activities, disclosure, accounting, limitation on granting credit and standards for arms length transactions for them. As a result of the amendments to the Banking Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, effective as of June 2009, firewall regulations that separate bank holding companies or banks from affiliated securities companies have become less stringent. On the other hand, bank holding companies, banks and other financial institutions are required to establish an appropriate system to better cope with conflicts of interest that may arise from their business operations.
In June 2013, the Diet passed a bill to amend various financial regulation related laws, including the Banking Law, which includes certain deregulations on restrictions for shareholdings by banks. For example, although a bank is generally prohibited from holding more than 5% of the outstanding shares of another company (other than certain financial institutions) under the Banking Law, the bank may be exempt from such requirement and allowed to hold more than 5% of the outstanding shares of such company, if, among other exempted cases, a banks shareholding contributes to revitalizing a companys business or the local economy related to such company. The exemption became effective on April 1, 2014.
Bank holding company regulations. A bank holding company is prohibited from carrying out any business other than the management of its subsidiaries and other incidental businesses. A bank holding company may have any of the following as a subsidiary: a bank, a securities company, an insurance company and a foreign subsidiary that is engaged in the banking, securities or insurance business. In addition, a bank holding company may have as a subsidiary, any company that is engaged in a finance-related business, such as a credit card company, a leasing company or an investment advisory company. Certain companies that are designated by a ministerial ordinance as those that cultivate new business fields may also become the subsidiaries of a bank holding company.
Capital adequacy. The capital adequacy guidelines adopted by the FSA that are applicable to Japanese bank holding companies and banks with international operations closely follow the risk-weighted approach introduced by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank for International Settlements, or BIS.
The Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision reached an agreement on the new global regulatory framework, which has been referred to as Basel III, in July and September 2010. In December 2010, the Basel Committee agreed on the details of the Basel III rules. The agreement on Basel III includes the following: (1) raising the quality of capital to ensure banks are able to better absorb losses both on a going concern basis and on a gone concern basis, (2) increasing the risk coverage of the capital framework, in particular for trading activities, securitizations, exposures to off-balance sheet vehicles and counterparty credit exposures arising from derivatives, (3) raising the level of minimum capital requirements, including an increase in the minimum common equity requirement from 2% to 4.5%, which was phased in between January 1, 2013 and the end of the calendar year 2014, and a capital conservation buffer of 2.5%, which is expected to be phased in between January 1, 2016 and the end of the calendar year 2018, bringing the total common equity requirement to 7%, (4) introducing an internationally harmonized leverage ratio to serve as a backstop to the risk-based capital measure and to contain the build-up of excessive leverage in the system, (5) raising standards for the supervisory review process (Pillar 2) and public disclosures (Pillar 3), together with additional guidance in the areas of valuation practices, stress testing, liquidity risk management, corporate governance and compensation, (6) introducing minimum global liquidity standards consisting of both a short term liquidity coverage ratio and a longer term structural net stable funding ratio, and (7) promoting the build-up of capital buffers that can be drawn down in periods of stress, including both a capital conservation buffer and a countercyclical buffer to protect the banking sector from periods of excess credit growth.
Certain provisions of Basel III have been adopted by the FSA for Japanese banking institutions with international operations conducted by their foreign offices. Under Basel III, Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1 and total capital ratios are used to assess capital adequacy, which ratios are determined by dividing applicable capital components by risk-weighted assets. Total capital is defined as the sum of Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital.
Under Basel III, Tier 1 capital is defined to include Common Equity Tier 1 and Additional Tier 1 capital. Common Equity Tier 1 capital is a new category of capital primarily consisting of:
retained earnings, and
accumulated other comprehensive income (progressively phased into the capital ratio calculation over several years).
Regulatory adjustments including certain intangible fixed assets, such as goodwill, and defined benefit pension fund net assets (prepaid pension costs) will be deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 capital. The amount of adjustments to be deducted will increase progressively over time.
Additional Tier 1 capital generally consists of Basel III compliant preferred securities and, during the transition period, other capital that meets Tier I requirements under the former Basel II standards, net of regulatory adjustments. Subject to transitional measures, adjustments are made to Additional Tier 1 capital for items including intangible fixed assets, such as goodwill, and foreign currency translation adjustments, with the amounts of such adjustments to Additional Tier 1 capital progressively decreasing over time.
Tier 2 capital generally consists of:
Basel III compliant deferred obligations,
during the transition period, capital that meets Tier II requirements under the former Basel II standards,
allowances for credit losses, and
non-controlling interests in subsidiaries Tier 2 capital instruments.
Subject to transitional measures, certain items including 45% of unrealized profit on available-for-sale securities and revaluation of land are reflected in Tier 2 capital with the amounts progressively decreasing over time.
In order to qualify as Tier 1 or Tier 2 capital under Basel III, applicable instruments such as preferred shares and subordinated debt must have a clause in their terms and conditions that requires them to be written-off or forced to be converted into common stock upon the occurrence of certain trigger events.
Risk-weighted assets are the sum of risk-weighted assets compiled for credit risk purposes, quotient of dividing the amount equivalent to market risk by 8%, and quotient of dividing the amount equivalent to operational risk by 8%, and also include any amount to be added due to transitional measures as well as floor adjustments, if necessary. Risk-weighted assets include the capital charge of the credit valuation adjustment (CVA), the credit risk related to asset value correlation multiplier for large financial institutions, the 250% risk-weighted threshold items not deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 capital, and certain Basel II capital deductions that were converted to risk-weighted assets under Basel III, such as securitizations and significant investments in commercial entities. Certain Basel III provisions were adopted by the FSA with transitional measures and became effective March 31, 2013.
The capital ratio standards applicable to us are as follows:
a minimum total capital ratio of 8.0%,
a minimum Tier 1 capital ratio of 6.0%, and
a minimum Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 4.5%.
These minimum capital ratios are applicable to MUFG on a consolidated basis and to BTMU and MUTB on a consolidated as well as stand-alone basis.
We have been granted an approval by the FSA to exclude the majority of our investment in Morgan Stanley from being subject to double gearing adjustments. The approval was granted for a 10-year period, but the approval amount will be phased out by 20% each year starting from March 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2015, a full application of double gearing adjustments with respect to our investment in Morgan Stanley would have reduced our Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio by approximately 0.6%.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has proposed additional loss absorbency requirements to supplement the Common Equity Tier 1 capital requirement ranging from 1% to 3.5% for global systemically important banks, or G-SIBs, depending on the banks systemic importance. The Financial Stability Board, or FSB identified us as a G-SIB in its most recent annual report published in November 2014, and indicated that, as a G-SIB, we will be required to hold an additional 1.5% of Common Equity Tier 1 capital. The group of banks identified as G-SIBs is expected to be updated annually, and the stricter capital requirements are expected to be implemented in phases between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018 and will become fully effective on January 1, 2019.
For a discussion on our capital ratios, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesCapital Adequacy.
In determining capital ratios under the FSA guidelines reflecting Basel III, we and our banking subsidiaries used the Advanced Internal Ratings-Based approach, or the AIRB approach, to calculate capital requirements for credit risk as of March 31, 2015. The Standardized Approach is used for some subsidiaries that are considered to be immaterial to the overall MUFG capital requirements, and MUAH has adopted a phased rollout of the internal ratings-based approach. Market risk is reflected in the risk-weighted assets by applying the Internal Models Approach to calculate general market risk and the Standardized Measurement Method to calculate specific risk. Under the Internal Models Approach, we principally use a historical simulation model to calculate value-at-risk, or VaR, amounts by estimating the profit and loss on our portfolio by applying actual fluctuations in historical market rates and prices over a fixed period. Under the FSA guidelines reflecting Basel III, we reflect operational risk in the risk-weighted assets by applying the Standardized Approach as of March 31, 2011 and the Advanced Measurement Approach from March 31, 2012. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has issued proposals to revise the current market risk framework, including stricter measures relating to some of our investment securities portfolio. Under the current proposals, certain financial instruments that we hold, including investment securities, could become subject to stricter trading book capital requirements. For more information, see Item 11. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Credit, Market and Other RiskOperational Risk Management.
Developments relating to international bank capital regulatory standards. In November 2014, the FSB issued, for public consultation, policy proposals consisting of a set of principles and a detailed term sheet on the adequacy of loss-absorbing and recapitalization capacity for G-SIBs. The proposals have been developed by the FSB in consultation with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and will, once finalized, form a new minimum standard of total loss-absorbing capacity, or TLAC. The new TLAC standard is designed to provide home and host authorities with confidence that G-SIBs have sufficient capacity to absorb losses, both before and during resolution, and enable resolution authorities to implement a resolution strategy that minimizes any impact on financial stability and ensures the continuity of critical economic functions. The proposal requires G-SIBs to meet this new standard no earlier than January 1, 2019.
In November 2014, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision released Reducing excessive variability in banks regulatory capital ratios, a report prepared for the G20 Leaders at the Brisbane Summit. The report set forth the Committees proposals in three areas designed to improve consistency and comparability in bank capital ratios and restore confidence in risk-weighted capital ratios. Specifically, the proposed policy measures included
(1) revising the standardized approaches and using the revised standardized approaches as the basis for a capital floor, (2) strengthening the disclosure requirements related to risk weights, and (3) enhancing the monitoring of risk-weighted asset variability through hypothetical portfolio exercises. The report also sets forth a roadmap for revising approaches for measuring credit risk, market risk and operational risk. The Committee is expected to finalize the revisions of the standardized approaches for all of these risk categories, capital floors, and credit risk and market risk internal models by the end of 2015 following the public consultation process. The Committee has published consultation papers relating to these topics except the revisions of credit risk internal models.
In June 2015, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision released a consultative document on the risk management, capital treatment and supervision of interest rate risk in the banking book, or IRRBB. IRRBB refers to the current or prospective risk to a financial institutions capital and earnings arising from adverse movements in interest rates that affect the institutions banking book positions. The Committees proposal is designed to help ensure that banks have appropriate capital to cover potential losses from exposures to changes in interest rates and to limit capital arbitrage between the trading book and the banking book as well as between banking book portfolios that are subject to different accounting treatments. The consultative document presents two options for the regulatory treatment of IRRBB. First, under a standardized minimum capital requirement approach, a uniform Pillar 1 measure would be applied to calculate minimum capital requirements for IRRBB. Second, an enhanced market discipline approach would be an alternative to the first approach, which combines a methodology to assess a banks capital adequacy with respect to IRRBB, guidance for supervisory responses, disclosure requirements, and a review process and a quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation of the approach. We are currently reviewing and assessing the potential impact of the Committees proposal on us. Additional capital requirements to cover IRRBB may significantly affect the function of maturity transformation and the regulatory capital management of banks, including us.
Inspection and reporting. By evaluating banks systems of self-assessment, inspecting their accounts and reviewing their compliance with laws and regulations, the FSA monitors the financial soundness of banks, including the status and performance of their control systems for business activities. The FSA applies the Financial Inspection Rating System, or FIRST, to major banks. By providing inspection results in the form of graded evaluations (i.e., ratings), the FSA expects this rating system to motivate financial institutions to voluntarily improve their management and operations. Additionally, the FSA currently takes the better regulation approach in its financial regulation and supervision. This consists of four pillars: (1) optimal combination of rules-based and principles-based supervisory approaches, (2) timely recognition of priority issues and effective responses, (3) encouraging voluntary efforts by financial firms and placing greater emphasis on providing them with incentives, and (4) improving the transparency and predictability of regulatory actions, in pursuit of improvement of the quality of financial regulation and supervision.
In September 2014, the FSA announced its updated policy for monitoring financial institutions, which places a greater emphasis on (i) ending Japans deflation and building an economic growth cycle, and (ii) maintaining the soundness and integrity of the financial system and financial institutions so as to ensure the availability of efficient and stable financial services in Japan. Under the new policy, the FSA is expected to increase monitoring of, and communication with, financial institutions, particularly large global financial institutions, including us, and enhance cooperation with financial regulatory bodies in other jurisdictions.
The FSA, if necessary to secure the sound and appropriate operations of a banks business, may request the submission of reports or materials from, or conduct an on-site inspection of, the bank or the bank holding company. If a banks capital adequacy ratio falls below a specified level, the FSA may request the bank to submit an improvement plan and may restrict or suspend the banks operations when it determines that action is necessary.
In addition, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission of Japan inspects banks in connection with their securities business as well as financial instruments business operators, such as securities firms.
The Bank of Japan also conducts inspections of banks. The Bank of Japan Law provides that the Bank of Japan and financial institutions may agree as to the form of inspection to be conducted by the Bank of Japan.
Laws limiting shareholdings of banks. The provisions of the Antimonopoly Act that generally prohibit a bank from holding more than 5% of another companys voting rights do not apply to a bank holding company. However, the Banking Law prohibits a bank holding company and its subsidiaries from holding, on an aggregated basis, more than 15% of the voting rights of companies other than those which can legally become subsidiaries of bank holding companies. In June 2013, the Diet amended various financial regulation related laws, including the Banking Law, which includes certain deregulations on restrictions for shareholdings by banks, as described above.
In addition, a bank is prohibited from holding shares in other companies exceeding the aggregate of its Common Equity Tier 1 capital amount and Additional Tier 1 capital amount. For a detailed discussion on the capital requirements for Japanese banks, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ReviewCapital Adequacy.
The Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. The Financial Instruments and Exchange Law provides protection for investors and also regulates sales of a wide range of financial instruments and services, requiring financial institutions to improve their sales rules and strengthen compliance frameworks and procedures. Among the instruments that the Japanese banks deal in, derivatives, foreign currency-denominated deposits, and variable insurance and annuity products are subject to regulations covered by the sales-related rules of conduct under the law.
Article 33 of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law generally prohibits banks from engaging in securities transactions. However, bank holding companies and banks may, through a domestic or overseas securities subsidiary, conduct all types of securities businesses, with appropriate approval from the FSA. Similarly, registered banks are permitted to provide securities intermediation services and engage in certain other similar types of securities related transactions, including retail sales of investment funds and government and municipal bonds.
Subsidiaries of bank holding companies engaging in the securities business are subject to the supervision of the FSA as financial instruments business operators. The Prime Minister has the authority to regulate the securities industry and securities companies, which authority is delegated to the Commissioner of the FSA under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. In addition, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, an external agency of the FSA, is independent from the FSAs other bureaus and is vested with the authority to conduct day-to-day monitoring of the securities markets and to investigate irregular activities that hinder fair trading of securities, including inspections of securities companies as well as banks in connection with their securities business. Furthermore, the Commissioner of the FSA delegates certain authority to the Director General of the Local Finance Bureau to inspect local securities companies and their branches. A violation of applicable laws and ordinances may result in various administrative sanctions, including revocation of registration, suspension of business or an order to discharge any director or executive officer who has failed to comply with applicable laws and ordinances. Securities companies are also subject to the rules and regulations of the Japanese stock exchanges and the Japan Securities Dealers Association, a self-regulatory organization of securities companies.
Act on Sales, etc. of Financial Instruments. The Act on Sales, etc. of Financial Instruments was enacted to protect customers from incurring unexpected losses as a result of purchasing financial instruments. Under this act, sellers of financial instruments have a duty to their potential customers to explain important matters such as the nature and magnitude of risks involved regarding the financial instruments that they intend to sell. If a seller fails to comply with the duty, there is a rebuttable presumption that the loss suffered by the customer due to the sellers failure to explain is equal to the amount of decrease in the value of the purchased financial instruments.
Anti-money laundering laws. Under the Act on Prevention of Transfer of Criminal Proceeds, banks and other financial institutions are required to report to the responsible ministersin the case of banks, the Commissioner of the FSAany assets which they receive while conducting their businesses that are suspected of being illicit profits from criminal activities. In November 2014, the Diet passed amendments to the Law for Prevention of Transfer of Criminal Proceeds, which, among others, clarify the method to determine whether any transaction falls under suspicious transactions and set forth the matters to be confirmed when a bank enters into a correspondence contract.
Acts concerning trust business conducted by financial institutions. Under the Trust Business Act, joint stock companies that are licensed by the Prime Minister as trust companies, including non-financial companies, are allowed to conduct trust business. In addition, under the Act on Provision, etc. of Trust Business by Financial Institutions, banks and other financial institutions, as permitted by the Prime Minister, are able to conduct trust business. The Trust Business Act provides for a separate type of registration for trustees who conduct only administration type trust business. The Trust Business Act also provides for various duties imposed on the trustee in accordance with and in addition to the Trust Act.
Deposit insurance system and government measures for troubled financial institutions. The Deposit Insurance Act is intended to protect depositors if a financial institution fails to meet its obligations. The Deposit Insurance Corporation was established in accordance with this act.
City banks (including BTMU), regional banks, trust banks (including MUTB), and various other credit institutions participate in the deposit insurance system on a compulsory basis.
Under the Deposit Insurance Act, the maximum amount of protection is ¥10 million per customer within one bank. All deposits are subject to the ¥10 million maximum, except for non-interest bearing deposits that are redeemable on demand and used by the depositor primarily for payment and settlement functions (settlement accounts). Deposits in settlement accounts are fully protected without a maximum amount limitation. Certain types of deposits are not covered by the deposit insurance system, such as foreign currency deposits and negotiable certificates of deposit. As of April 1, 2015, the Deposit Insurance Corporation charges insurance premiums equal to 0.054% per year on the deposits in the settlement accounts, which are fully protected as mentioned above, and premiums equal to 0.041% per year on the deposits in other accounts.
Under the Deposit Insurance Act, a Financial Reorganization Administrator can be appointed by the Prime Minister if a bank is unable to fully perform its obligations with its assets or may suspend or has suspended repayment of deposits. The Financial Reorganization Administrator will take control of the assets of the troubled bank, dispose of the assets and search for another institution willing to take over its business. The troubled banks business may also be transferred to a bridge bank established by the Deposit Insurance Corporation for the purpose of the temporary maintenance and continuation of operations of the troubled bank, and the bridge bank will seek to transfer the troubled banks assets to another financial institution or dissolve the troubled bank. The Deposit Insurance Corporation protects deposits, as described above, either by providing financial aid for costs incurred by the financial institution succeeding the insolvent bank or by paying insurance money directly to depositors. The financial aid, provided by the Deposit Insurance Corporation, may take the form of a monetary grant, loan or deposit of funds, purchase of assets, guarantee or assumption of debts, subscription of preferred stock, or loss sharing. The Deposit Insurance Act also provides for exceptional measures to cope with systemic risk in the financial industry.
In June 2013, the Diet passed amendments to the Deposit Insurance Act, which established a new procedures for the orderly processing of assets and liabilities of distressed financial institutions to stabilize the financial system, and expanded the scope of financial institutions covered by the new procedures to include financial holding companies, securities firms and insurance companies. Under the new procedures, in case a designated financial institution becomes distressed, such financial institution will be subject to compulsory management of its operations and assets and receive financial assistance in the form of loans or subscription of shares. These amendments became effective on March 6, 2014.
Further, the Act on Special Measures for Strengthening of Financial Function enables the Japanese government to take special measures to strengthen the capital of financial institutions. Under the act, banks and other financial institutions may apply to receive capital injections from the Deposit Insurance Corporation, subject to government approval, which will be granted subject to the fulfillment of certain requirements, including, among other things, the improvement of profitability and efficiency, facilitation of financing to small and medium-sized business enterprises in the local communities, and that the financial institution be not insolvent. In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, the act was revised in July 2011, adding a special case for the financial institutions suffering damage from the disaster. The requirement to create an improvement plan of profitability and efficiency is eased for such financial institutions. Moreover, the application deadline has been extended from March 31, 2012 to March 31, 2017.
Regulatory Developments Relating to Lending to Small and Medium-sized Firms and Others. The Act Concerning Temporary Measures to Facilitate Financing for Small and Medium-sized Firms and Others required financial institutions, among other things, to make an effort to reduce their customers burden of loan repayment by employing methods such as modifying the term of loans at the request of eligible borrowers, including small and medium-sized firms and individual home loan borrowers. This legislation also required financial institutions to internally establish a system to implement the requirements of the legislation and periodically make public disclosure of and report to the relevant authority on the status of implementation. Although this legislation expired on March 31, 2013, the FSA continues to encourage financial institutions to continue to provide support to small and medium-sized firms by revising the Inspection Manual, Supervisory Policy and Ordinance for Enforcement of the Baking Law in order to encourage financial institutions to modify the terms of loans, provide smooth financing, and take active roles in supporting operations of such firms.
The Act on the Protection of Personal Information. With regard to protection of personal information, the Act on the Protection of Personal Information requires, among other things, Japanese banking institutions to limit the use of personal information to the stated purposes and to properly manage the personal information in their possession, and forbids them from providing personal information to third parties without consent. If a bank violates certain provisions of the act, the FSA may advise or order the bank to take proper action. In addition, the Banking Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law contain certain provisions with respect to appropriate handling of customer information.
Act on the Use of Personal Identification Numbers in the Administration of Government Affairs. Pursuant to the Act on the Use of Personal Identification Numbers in the Administration of Government Affairs, which will become effective on October 5, 2015, the Japanese government will adopt a Social Security and Tax Number System, which is designed to (1) improve social security services, (2) enhance public convenience in obtaining government services, and (3) increase the efficiency of the administration of government affairs. Under this system, a 12-digit unique number will be assigned to each person resident in Japan to identify and manage information relating to the person for government service and tax purposes. Effective October 2015, financial institutions are required to implement measures to ensure that such customer information will be protected from inappropriate disclosure and other unauthorized use. We are designing modifications to our customer information systems to comply with the new requirements relating to the personal identifications numbers.
Act Concerning Protection of Depositors from Illegal Withdrawals Made by Counterfeit or Stolen Cards. The Act on Protection, etc. of Depositors and Postal Saving Holders from Unauthorized Automated Withdrawal, etc. Using Counterfeit Cards, etc. and Stolen Cards, etc. requires financial institutions to establish internal systems to prevent illegal withdrawals of deposits made using counterfeit or stolen bank cards. The act also requires a financial institution to compensate depositors for any amount illegally withdrawn using stolen bank cards except in certain cases, including those where the financial institution can verify that it acted in good faith without negligence and there was gross negligence on the part of the relevant depositor. In addition, the act provides that illegal withdrawals with counterfeit bank cards are invalid unless the financial institution acted in good faith without negligence and there was gross negligence on the part of the relevant account holder.
Government Reforms to Restrict Maximum Interest Rates on Consumer Lending Business. In December 2006, the Diet passed legislation to reform the regulations relating to the consumer lending business, including amendments to the Act Regulating the Receipt of Contributions, Receipt of Deposits and Interest Rates which, effective June 18, 2010, reduced the maximum permissible interest rate from 29.2% per annum to 20% per annum. The regulatory reforms also included amendments to the Law Concerning Lending Business which, effective June 18, 2010, abolished the so-called gray-zone interest. Gray-zone interest refers to interest rates exceeding the limits stipulated by the Interest Rate Restriction Act (between 15% per annum to 20% per annum depending on the amount of principal). Prior to June 18, 2010, gray-zone interests were permitted under certain conditions set forth in the Law Concerning Lending Business. As a result of the regulatory reforms, all interest rates are now subject to the lower limits imposed by the Interest Rate Restriction Act, compelling lending institutions, including our consumer finance subsidiaries and equity method investees, to lower the interest rates they charge borrowers. Furthermore, the new regulations, which became effective on June 18, 2010, require, among other things, consumer finance companies to limit their lending to a single customer to a maximum of one third of the customers annual income regardless of the customers repayment capability.
In addition, as a result of decisions made by the Supreme Court of Japan prior to June 18, 2010, imposing stringent requirements for charging such gray-zone interest rates, consumer finance companies have been responding to borrowers claims for reimbursement of previously collected interest payments in excess of the limits stipulated by the Interest Rate Restriction Act. See Item 3.D. Key InformationRisk FactorsRisks Related to Our BusinessBecause of our loans to consumers and our shareholdings in companies engaged in consumer lending, changes in the business or regulatory environment for consumer finance companies in Japan may further adversely affect our financial results.
Recent Regulatory Actions. In May 2015, kabu.com Securities. Co., Ltd., a securities subsidiary in Japan, received a business improvement order from the FSA under Article 51 of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act for failing to appropriately operate and manage its information and communication systems. In response to the administrative order, kabu.com Securities submitted to the FSA and announced a business improvement plan in June 2015.
As a result of our operations in the United States, we are subject to extensive U.S. federal and state supervision and regulation.
Overall supervision and regulation. We are subject to supervision, regulation and examination with respect to our U.S. operations by the FRB pursuant to the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, or the BHCA, and the International Banking Act of 1978, as amended, or the IBA, because we are a bank holding company and a foreign banking organization, respectively, as defined pursuant to those statutes. The FRB functions as our umbrella supervisor under amendments to the BHCA effected by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, which among other things:
prohibited further expansion of the types of activities in which bank holding companies, acting directly or through non-bank subsidiaries, may engage;
authorized qualifying bank holding companies to opt to become financial holding companies, and thereby acquire the authority to engage in an expanded list of activities; and
modified the role of the FRB by specifying new relationships between the FRB and the functional regulators of non-bank subsidiaries of both bank holding companies and financial holding companies.
The BHCA generally prohibits each of a bank holding company and a foreign banking organization that maintains branches or agencies in the United States from, directly or indirectly, acquiring more than 5% of the voting shares of any company engaged in non-banking activities in the United States unless the bank holding
company or foreign banking organization has elected to become a financial holding company, as discussed above, or the FRB has determined, by order or regulation, that such activities are so closely related to banking as to be a proper incident thereto and has granted its approval to the bank holding company or foreign banking organization for such an acquisition. The BHCA also requires a bank holding company or foreign banking organization that maintains branches or agencies in the United States to obtain the prior approval of an appropriate federal banking authority before acquiring, directly or indirectly, the ownership of more than 5% of the voting shares or control of any U.S. bank or bank holding company. In addition, under the BHCA, a U.S. bank or a U.S. branch or agency of a foreign bank is prohibited from engaging in various tying arrangements involving it or its affiliates in connection with any extension of credit, sale or lease of any property or provision of any services.
On October 6, 2008, we became a financial holding company in the United States. At the same time, BTMU, MUTB, and UNBC (now MUAH), which are also bank holding companies, elected to become financial holding companies. As noted above, as a financial holding company we are authorized to engage in an expanded list of activities. These activities include those deemed to be financial in nature or incidental to such financial activity, including among other things merchant banking, insurance underwriting, and a full range of securities activities. In addition, we are permitted to engage in certain specified non-banking activities deemed to be closely related to banking, without prior notice to or approval from the FRB. To date, we have utilized this expanded authority by electing to engage in certain securities activities, including securities underwriting, indirectly through certain of our securities subsidiaries. In order to maintain our status as a financial holding company that allows us to expand our activities, we must continue to meet certain standards established by the FRB. Those standards require that we exceed the minimum standards applicable to bank holding companies that have not elected to become financial holding companies. These higher standards include meeting the well capitalized and well managed standards for financial holding companies as defined in the regulations of the FRB. In addition, as a financial holding company, we must ensure that our U.S. banking subsidiaries identified below meet certain minimum standards under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. At this time, we continue to comply with these standards.
U.S. branches and agencies of subsidiary Japanese banks. Under the authority of the IBA, our banking subsidiaries, BTMU and MUTB, operate four branches, one agency and eight representative offices in the United States. BTMU operates branches in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; an agency in Houston, Texas; and representative offices in Washington, D.C; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Florence, Kentucky. MUTB operates a branch in New York, New York.
The IBA provides, among other things, that the FRB may examine U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks, and each branch and agency shall be subject to on-site examination by the appropriate federal or state bank supervisor as frequently as would a U.S. bank. The IBA also provides that if the FRB determines that a foreign bank is not subject to comprehensive supervision or regulation on a consolidated basis by the appropriate authorities in its home country, or if there is reasonable cause to believe that the foreign bank or its affiliate has committed a violation of law or engaged in an unsafe or unsound banking practice in the United States, the FRB may order the foreign bank to terminate activities conducted at a branch or agency in the United States.
U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks must be licensed, and are also supervised and regulated, by a state or by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or the OCC, the federal regulator of U.S. national banks. All of the branches and agencies of BTMU and MUTB in the United States are state-licensed. Under U.S. federal banking laws, state-licensed branches and agencies of foreign banks may engage only in activities that would be permissible for their federally-licensed counterparts, unless the FRB determines that the additional activity is consistent with safe and sound practices. U.S. federal banking laws also subject state-licensed branches and agencies to the single-borrower lending limits that apply to federal branches and agencies, which generally are the same as the lending limits applicable to national banks, but are based on the capital of the entire foreign bank.
As an example of state supervision, the branches of BTMU and MUTB in New York are licensed by the New York State Department of Financial Services, pursuant to the New York Banking Law. Under the New York Banking Law and the Superintendents Regulations, each of BTMU and MUTB must maintain with banks in the State of New York eligible assets as defined and in amounts determined by the Superintendent. These New York branches must also submit written reports concerning their assets and liabilities and other matters, to the extent required by the Superintendent, and are examined at periodic intervals by the New York State Department of Financial Services. In addition, the Superintendent is authorized to take possession of the business and property of BTMU and MUTB located in New York whenever events specified in the New York Banking Law occur.
U.S. banking subsidiaries. We indirectly own and control two U.S. banks:
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation (U.S.A.), New York, New York (through MUTB, a registered bank holding company), and
MUFG Union Bank, N.A. or MUB (known prior to July 1, 2014 as Union Bank, N.A.), through BTMU and its subsidiary, MUAH, a registered bank holding company.
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation (U.S.A.) is chartered by the State of New York and is subject to the supervision, examination and regulatory authority of the Superintendent pursuant to the New York Banking Law. MUB is a national bank subject to the supervision, examination and regulatory authority of the OCC pursuant to the National Bank Act.
The FDIC is the primary federal agency responsible for the supervision, examination and regulation of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation (U.S.A.). The FDIC may take enforcement action, including the issuance of prohibitive and affirmative orders, if it determines that a financial institution under its supervision has engaged in unsafe or unsound banking practices, or has committed violations of applicable laws and regulations. The FDIC insures the deposits of both of our U.S. banking subsidiaries up to legally specified maximum amounts. In the event of a failure of an FDIC-insured bank, the FDIC is virtually certain to be appointed as receiver, and would resolve the failure under provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. An FDIC-insured institution that is affiliated with a failed or failing FDIC-insured institution can be required to indemnify the FDIC for losses resulting from the insolvency of the failed institution, even if this causes the affiliated institution also to become insolvent. In the liquidation or other resolution of a failed FDIC-insured depository institution, deposits in its U.S. offices and other claims for administrative expenses and employee compensation are afforded priority over other general unsecured claims, including deposits in offices outside the United States, non-deposit claims in all offices and claims of a parent company. Moreover, under longstanding FRB policy, a bank holding company is expected to act as a source of financial strength for its banking subsidiaries and to commit resources to support such banks.
Bank capital requirements and capital distributions. Our U.S. banking subsidiaries are subject to applicable risk-based and leverage capital guidelines issued by U.S. regulators for banks and bank holding companies. In addition, BTMU and MUTB, as foreign banking organizations that have U.S. branches and agencies and that are controlled by us as a financial holding company, are subject to the FRBs requirements that they be well-capitalized based on Japans risk based capital standards, as well as well managed. All of our U.S. banking subsidiaries and BTMU, MUTB, and MUAH are well capitalized as defined under, and otherwise comply with, all U.S. regulatory capital requirements applicable to them. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991, or FDICIA, provides, among other things, for expanded regulation of insured depository institutions, including banks, and their parent holding companies. As required by FDICIA, the federal banking agencies have established five capital tiers ranging from well capitalized to critically undercapitalized for insured depository institutions. As an institutions capital position deteriorates, the federal banking regulators may take progressively stronger actions, such as further restricting affiliate transactions, activities, asset growth or interest payments. In addition, FDICIA generally prohibits an insured depository
institution from making capital distributions, including the payment of dividends, or the payment of any management fee to its holding company, if the insured depository institution would subsequently become undercapitalized.
The availability of dividends from insured depository institutions in the United States is limited by various other statutes and regulations. The National Bank Act and other federal laws prohibit the payment of dividends by a national bank under various circumstances and limit the amount a national bank can pay without the prior approval of the OCC. In addition, state-chartered banking institutions are subject to dividend limitations imposed by applicable federal and state laws.
Other regulated U.S. subsidiaries. Our non-bank subsidiaries that engage in securities-related activities in the United States are regulated by appropriate functional regulators, such as the SEC, any self-regulatory organizations of which they are members, and the appropriate state regulatory agencies. These non-bank subsidiaries are required to meet separate minimum capital standards as imposed by those regulatory authorities.
Anti-Money Laundering Initiatives and the USA PATRIOT Act. A major focus of U.S. governmental policy relating to financial institutions in recent years has been aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 substantially broadened the scope of U.S. anti-money laundering laws and regulations by imposing significant new compliance and due diligence obligations, creating new crimes and penalties and expanding the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a number of regulations that impose obligations on financial institutions to maintain appropriate policies, procedures and controls to detect, prevent and report money laundering and terrorist financing, and to verify the identity of their customers. In addition, the bank regulatory agencies carefully scrutinize the adequacy of an institutions policies, procedures and controls. As a result, there has been an increased number of regulatory sanctions and law enforcement authorities have been taking a more active role in enforcing these laws. Failure of a financial institution to maintain and implement adequate policies, procedures and controls to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing could in some cases have serious legal and reputational consequences for the institution, including the incurrence of expenses to enhance the relevant programs, the imposition of limitations on the scope of their operations and the imposition of fines and other monetary penalties.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In recent years, U.S. regulatory and enforcement agencies including the SEC and the U.S. Department of Justice have significantly increased their enforcement efforts of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or the FCPA. The FCPA prohibits U.S. securities issuers, U.S. domestic entities, and parties doing substantial business within the United States (including their shareholders, directors, agents, officers, and employees) from making improper payments to non-U.S. government officials in order to obtain or retain business. The FCPA also requires U.S. securities issuers to keep their books and records in detail, accurately, and in such a way that they fairly reflect all transactions and dispositions of assets. Those enforcement efforts have targeted a wide range of U.S. and foreign-based entities and have been based on a broad variety of alleged fact patterns, and in a number of cases have resulted in the imposition of substantial criminal and civil penalties or in agreed payments in settlement of alleged violations. Failure of a financial institution doing business in the United States to maintain adequate policies, procedures, internal controls, and books and records on a global basis that address compliance with FCPA requirements could in some cases have serious legal and reputational consequences for the institution, including the incurrence of expenses to enhance the relevant programs and the imposition of fines and other monetary penalties.
Regulatory Reform Legislation. In response to the global financial crisis and the perception that lax supervision of the financial industry in the United States may have been a contributing cause, new legislation designed to reform the system for supervision and regulation of financial firms doing business in the United States, the so-called Dodd-Frank Act, was signed into law on July 21, 2010. The Dodd-Frank Act is complex and extensive in its coverage and contains a wide range of provisions that would affect financial institutions operating in the United States, including our U.S. operations. Included among these provisions are sweeping reforms
designed to reduce systemic risk presented by very large financial firms, promote enhanced supervision, regulation, and prudential standards for financial firms, establish comprehensive supervision of financial markets, impose new limitations on permissible financial institution activities and investments, expand regulation of the derivatives markets, protect consumers and investors from financial abuse, and provide the government with the tools needed to manage a financial crisis. Many aspects of the legislation require subsequent regulatory action by supervisory agencies for full implementation. Key provisions that impact our operations are summarized below. However certain regulatory rules under the Dodd-Frank Act are not yet finalized, require further interpretive guidance by the relevant supervisory agencies, or do not yet require us to fully implement compliance procedures. Accordingly, while the legislation will have an impact on our operations, we are unable to assess with certainty the full degree of impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on our operations at this time.
Among the components of the Dodd-Frank Act that have impacted or may impact our operations are the provisions relating to the Volcker Rule, enhanced prudential standards (including capital, liquidity, and structural requirements), resolution plans, credit reporting, derivatives regulation, incentive-based compensation, the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and debit interchange fees. Although certain of the regulatory rules regarding the foregoing components are still pending, as noted above, based on information currently available to us, other than the Volcker Rule and derivatives regulations as discussed below, the impact of these components is expected to be mainly limited to our U.S. operations and not to be material to us on a consolidated basis. We intend to continue to monitor developments relating to the Dodd-Frank Act and the potential impact on our activities inside and outside of the United States.
With respect to the Dodd-Frank Act provisions related to enhanced prudential standards, in February 2014 the FRB issued final rules that established enhanced prudential standards for the U.S. operations of foreign banking organizations such as MUFG. These rules will require us to organize by July 2016 all of our U.S. bank and non-bank subsidiaries under a U.S. intermediate holding company that would be subject to U.S. capital requirements and enhanced prudential standards comparable to those applicable to top-tier U.S. bank holding companies of the same size. Under these rules, we will be required to change the structure of our U.S. operations, including the manner in which we oversee and manage those operations, and may be required to inject capital into our U.S. operations. The rules require foreign banking organizations that have U.S. non-branch assets of $50 billion or more as of June 30, 2014, including MUFG, to have filed an Implementation Plan with the FRB by January 1, 2015, describing how we intend to meet the requirements of the rules. MUFG has filed its Implementation Plan and received comments thereon from the FRB. MUFG is currently assessing those comments, making appropriate revisions to its Implementation Plan, and undertaking steps to comply with the Implementation Plan and the requirements of the enhanced prudential standards by the July 2016 effective date.
Under the enhanced prudential standards, we will be required to establish or designate a separately capitalized top-tier U.S. intermediate holding company, or IHC, to hold substantially all of our ownership interests in U.S. subsidiaries by July 1, 2016. Beginning on that date, our IHC will be subject, on a consolidated basis, to the risk-based capital requirements under the U.S. Basel III capital framework, capital planning and stress testing requirements, U.S. liquidity buffer requirements, and other enhanced prudential standards comparable to those applicable to top-tier U.S. bank holding companies of a similar size. The FRB will have the authority to examine the IHC and any of its subsidiaries. U.S. leverage requirements applicable to the IHC will take effect beginning in January 2018. The FRB has also stated that it intends, through future rulemakings, to apply the Basel III liquidity coverage ratio and net stable funding ratio to the U.S. operations of some or all large foreign banking organizations. Our combined U.S. operations, including BTMUs and MUTBs branches, will also be subject to certain requirements related to liquidity and risk management.
Our existing U.S. bank holding company subsidiary, MUAH, is subject to various U.S. prudential requirements and will become subject to others prior to our establishing the IHC. MUAH is currently subject to risk-based and leverage capital requirements, liquidity requirements, and other enhanced prudential standards applicable to large U.S. bank holding companies. MUAH is also subject to capital planning and stress testing requirements and will remain subject to the capital planning and stress testing requirements and certain enhanced
prudential standards until corresponding requirements applicable to the IHC become effective. On March 5, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board released the results of the 2015 Dodd-Frank Act stress tests, or DFAST. It found that, even in the severely adverse economic stress test scenario, MUAH would maintain capital ratios well above the required minimum levels. On March 11, 2015, the FRB announced that it had no objections to the capital plan submitted by MUAH as part of the 2015 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR.
The Volcker Rule was issued in final form by the Federal Reserve in December 2013. Under the Volcker Rule, we are required to cease conducting certain proprietary trading activities (i.e., trading in securities and financial instruments for our own account) subject to certain exceptions, including market-making, hedging, and underwriting activities if such activities are conducted within a rigorous compliance framework. We are also restricted from engaging in certain activities regarding hedge funds and private equity funds (covered funds). While the Volcker Rule excludes restrictions on such activities conducted solely outside of the United States, the regulatory definition of such exempted activities is narrow and complex and in some cases requires further clarification. Our proprietary trading and covered funds activities are generally executed outside of the United States, but certain activities within the United States could potentially fall within the scope of the Rule. We have undertaken steps that we believe are appropriate to bring our activities and investments into compliance with the Rule. Given the limited amount of potentially restricted activities in which we engage within the United States, we do not expect the proprietary trading or covered fund revenues attributable to our U.S. subsidiaries as a result of the implementation of the Volcker Rule to be material to our operations based on our current revenues attributable to the proprietary trading and covered fund activities conducted in our U.S. subsidiaries.
U.S. regulators have also begun to issue final regulations and regulatory determinations governing swaps and derivatives markets as contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Act. To date, BTMU and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, plc, or MUSI, have registered as swap dealers with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC. Depending on the final outcome of the regulations and regulatory determinations governing swaps and derivatives markets under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the activities of our other subsidiaries located inside and outside of the United States, our other subsidiaries may have to register as swap dealers with, or be subject to the regulations of, the CFTC and/or SEC. Regulation of swap dealers by the CFTC and SEC imposes numerous corporate governance, business conduct, capital, margin, reporting, clearing, execution, and other regulatory requirements on our operations, which may adversely impact our derivatives businesses and make us less competitive than those competitors that are not subject to the same regulations. Although many regulations applicable to swap dealers are already in effect, it is difficult to assess the full impact of these requirements because some of the most important regulatory determinations have not yet been implemented or finalized. For example, U.S. regulators are adopting guidance and rules on the application of U.S. regulations to activities of registered swap dealers outside of the United States. The potential extraterritorial application of swap dealer regulatory requirements could impose significant operational and compliance burdens on our swaps activities outside of the United States.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act was enacted in March 2010 and contains provisions commonly referred to as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA. The U.S. Treasury, acting through the Internal Revenue Service, or the IRS, issued final regulations of FATCA in January 2013.
The FATCA framework has been expanded with the introduction of Intergovernmental Agreements, or IGAs, between the U.S. Treasury and foreign governments, which pursue a framework for intergovernmental cooperation to facilitate the implementation of FATCA. The United States and Japan have entered into an IGA.
We have developed internal procedures and processes that we believe address the regulatory requirements under FATCA. However, doing so has required us to develop extensive systems capabilities and internal processes to identify and report U.S. account holders who are subject to FATCA requirements, which has been a complex and costly process requiring significant internal resources. If our procedures and processes are determined not to be adequate to meet the requirements of FATCA, we could potentially be subject to serious
legal and reputational consequences, including the imposition of withholding taxes on certain amounts payable to us from U.S. sources, and could be required to expend additional resources to enhance our systems, procedures and processes and take other measures in response to such consequences.
Capital Adequacy. MUAH and MUB are required to maintain minimum capital ratios in accordance with rules issued by the U.S. Federal banking agencies. In July 2013, the U.S. Federal banking agencies issued final rules to implement the Basel Committee on Banking Supervisions capital guidance for U.S. banking organizations, or U.S. Basel III. These rules establish more restrictive capital definitions, create additional categories and higher risk weightings for certain asset classes and off-balance sheet exposures, higher minimum capital and leverage ratios and capital conservation buffers that will be added to the minimum capital requirements. These rules supersede the U.S. federal banking agencies general risk-based capital rules generally referred to as Basel I, the advanced approaches rules generally referred to as Basel II, which are applicable to certain large banking organizations, and leverage rules, and are subject to certain transition provisions. MUAH is required to comply with the U.S. Basel III capital rules beginning January 2015, with certain provisions subject to a phase-in period, while MUB continues to be subject to the U.S. Basel III capital rules which became effective for advanced approaches institutions on January 1, 2014. The U.S. Basel III capital rules are scheduled to be substantially phased in by January 1, 2019.
For more information, see Item 5.B. Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsLiquidity and Capital ResourcesCapital Adequacy and Note 21 to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report.
Disclosure pursuant to Section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Section 13(r) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires an issuer to disclose whether it or any of its affiliates knowingly engaged in certain activities, transactions or dealings relating to Iran or with natural persons or entities designated by the U.S. government under specified Executive Orders. The scope of activities that must be reported includes activities not prohibited by U.S. law and conducted outside the United States in compliance with applicable local law.
During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, one of our non-U.S. affiliates engaged in business activities with entities in or affiliated with Iran, including counterparties owned or controlled by the Iranian government. These activities were consistent with rules and regulations applicable to the non-U.S. affiliate. Specifically, our non-U.S. banking subsidiary, BTMU, issued letters of credit and guarantees and provided remittance and other settlement services mainly in connection with customer transactions related to the purchase and exportation of Iranian crude oil to Japan, and in some cases, in connection with other petroleum-related transactions with Iran by its customers. These transactions did not involve U.S. dollars nor clearing services of U.S. banks for the settlement of payments, and were reviewed for compliance with applicable U.S. and non-U.S. laws and regulations. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the aggregate interest and fee income relating to these transactions was less than ¥130 million, representing less than 0.005% of our total interest and fee income. Some of these transactions were conducted through the use of non-U.S. dollar correspondent accounts and other similar settlement accounts maintained with BTMU outside the United States by Iranian financial institutions and other entities in or affiliated with Iran. In addition to such accounts, BTMU receives deposits in Japan from and provides settlement services in Japan to fewer than ten Iranian government-related entities and fewer than 100 Iranian government-related individuals such as Iranian diplomats, and maintains settlement accounts outside the United States for certain other financial institutions specified in Executive Order 13382, which settlement accounts were frozen in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the average aggregate balance of deposits held in these accounts represented less than 0.05% of the average balance of our total deposits. The fee income from the transactions attributable to these account holders was less than ¥5 million, representing less than 0.001% of our total fee income. BTMU also holds loans that were arranged prior to changes in applicable laws and regulations to borrowers in or affiliated with Iran, including entities owned by the Iranian government, the outstanding balance of which was less than ¥200 million,
representing less than 0.001% of our total loans, as of March 31, 2015. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the aggregate gross interest and fee income relating to these loan transactions was less than ¥50 million, representing less than 0.005% of our total interest and fee income.
In addition, in accordance with the Joint Plan of Action agreed to among the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) and Iran in November 2013, BTMU has been providing settlement services in connection with humanitarian trade to assist Iran in meeting its domestic needs, namely food, agricultural products, medicine and medical devices, since April 2014. The overall framework for these settlement services was based on an agreement between U.S. and Japanese authorities, and the relevant U.S. regulator has authorized the settlement services as compliant with applicable U.S. laws and regulations. The purchasers of the humanitarian goods were entities in or affiliated with Iran, including entities related to the Iranian government. The sellers of the humanitarian goods were entities permitted by U.S. and Japanese regulators. These transactions did not involve U.S. dollars nor clearing services of U.S. banks for the settlement of payments. These transactions were conducted through the use of special purpose yen accounts maintained with BTMU outside the United States by an Iranian financial institution which is affiliated with the Iranian government but through which these transactions were permitted to be settled. BTMU intends to continue to provide the settlement services in connection with the exports of humanitarian goods to Iran in close coordination with U.S. and Japanese authorities.
BTMU will continue to limit its participation in these types of transactions mainly to arrange financing transactions relating to customer imports of Iranian crude oil into Japan or authorized exports of humanitarian goods to Iran, maintain accounts in Japan of Iranian entities and individuals, and obtain interest and fee income and repayment of principal in connection with existing loans to borrowers in or affiliated with Iran, in each case to the extent permitted by applicable laws and regulations.
The following chart presents our corporate structure summary as of March 31, 2015:
|(1)||On April 1, 2015, kabu.com Securities Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of MUSHD, following MUSHDs purchase of shares of kabu.com Securities from BTMU. Prior to the share purchase transaction, MUSHD held a 11.7% ownership interest, and BTMU held a 44.4% ownership interest, in kabu.com Securities. As a result of the share purchase transaction, MUSHD holds a 50.1% ownership interest, and BTMU holds a 6.0% ownership interest, in kabu.com Securities.|
|(2)||On July 1, 2015 Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management Co., Ltd. and KOKUSAI Asset Management Co., Ltd. merged. As the surviving entity, Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management was renamed as Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co., Ltd. Prior to the merger, MUTB, MUFG and BTMU respectively held 50%, 25% and 25% ownership interests in Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management, while MUSHD, BTMU and MUTB respectively held 82%, 10% and 7% ownership interests in KOKUSAI Asset Management. As a result of the merger, MUTB, MUSHD and BTMU respectively hold 51%, 34% and 15% ownership interests in the surviving entity.|
|(3)||Consumer finance subsidiaries.|
Set forth below is a list of our principal consolidated subsidiaries as of March 31, 2015:
|(1)||On April 1, 2015, kabu.com Securities Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of MUSHD, following MUSHDs purchase of shares of kabu.com Securities from BTMU. Prior to the share purchase transaction, MUSHD held a 11.7% ownership interest, and BTMU held a 44.4% ownership interest, in kabu.com Securities. As a result of the share purchase transaction, MUSHD holds a 50.1% ownership interest, and BTMU holds a 6.0% ownership interest, in kabu.com Securities.|
|(2)||On July 1, 2015 Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management Co., Ltd. and KOKUSAI Asset Management Co., Ltd. merged. As the surviving entity, Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management was renamed as Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co., Ltd. Prior to the merger, MUTB, MUFG and BTMU respectively held 50%, 25% and 25% ownership interests in Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management, while MUSHD, BTMU and MUTB respectively held 82%, 10% and 7% ownership interests in KOKUSAI Asset Management. As a result of the merger, MUTB, MUSHD and BTMU respectively hold 51%, 34% and 15% ownership interests in the surviving entity.|
|D.||Property, Plant and Equipment|
Premises and equipment as of March 31, 2014 and 2015 consisted of the following:
|As of March 31,|
Equipment and furniture
Construction in progress
Less accumulated depreciation
Premises and equipmentnet
Our registered address is 7-1, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8330, Japan. As of March 31, 2015, we and our subsidiaries conducted our operations either in premises we owned or in properties we leased.
The following table presents the book values of our material offices and other properties as of March 31, 2015:
The buildings and land we own are primarily used by us and our subsidiaries as offices and branches. Most of the buildings and land we own are free from material encumbrances.
During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we invested approximately ¥ 162.8 billion, primarily for office renovations and relocation.
|Item 4A.||Unresolved Staff Comments.|
|Item 5.||Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.|
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with Item 3.A. Key InformationSelected Financial Data, Selected Statistical Data and our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report.
|Liquidity and Capital Resources||113|
|Research and Development, Patents and Licenses, etc.||141|
|Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements||142|
|Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations||143|
We are a holding company for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., or BTMU, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, or MUTB, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd., or MUMSS (through Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd., or MUSHD, an intermediate holding company), Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd., or Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS, and other subsidiaries. Through our subsidiaries and affiliated companies, we engage in a broad range of financial businesses and services, including commercial banking, investment banking, trust banking and asset management services, securities businesses, and credit card businesses, and provide related services to individual and corporate customers.
Summary of Our Recent Financial Results
The following table presents some key figures relating to our financial results:
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
|(in billions, except per share data)|
Net interest income
Provision (credit) for credit losses
Income before income tax expense
Net income before attribution of noncontrolling interests
Net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Diluted earnings per common shareEarnings applicable to common shareholders of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
We reported net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group of ¥1,531.1 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, an increase of ¥515.7 billion from ¥ 1,015.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Domestic net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group was ¥410.7 billion, and foreign net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group was ¥1,120.4 billion, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Asia and Oceania excluding Japan, Europe, the United States, and other areas including Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East contributed ¥358.6 billion, ¥309.8 billion, ¥187.3 billion and ¥ 264.7 billion, respectively, to foreign net income.
For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, our domestic revenue, which consists of interest income and non-interest income attributable to our operations in Japan, was ¥3,016.4 billion, while our total foreign revenue, which consists of interest income and non-interest income attributable to our operations outside of Japan, was ¥2,723.3 billion, with revenue attributable to our operations in Asia and Oceania excluding Japan contributing ¥1,087.4 billion, the United States contributing ¥715.5 billion, and Europe contributing ¥521.4 billion. As a percentage of total revenue, domestic revenue decreased to 52.6% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 from 71.6% for the previous fiscal year.
More specifically, our net income attributable to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 mainly reflected the following:
Net interest income. Net interest income is a function of:
the amount of interest-earning assets,
the amount of interest-bearing liabilities,
the general level of interest rates,
the so-called spread, or the difference between the rate of interest earned on interest-earning assets and the rate of interest paid on interest-bearing liabilities, and
the proportion of interest-earning assets financed by non-interest-bearing liabilities and equity.
Net interest income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 was ¥ 2,231.5 billion, an increase of ¥270.2 billion from ¥1,961.3 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Interest income increased ¥372.3 billion while interest expense increased only ¥102.1 billion. The increase in interest income reflected higher interest income from foreign loans, foreign currency denominated investment securities and deposits in central banks primarily due to increased volumes of these assets as well as improved average interest rates on foreign loans. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in interest income from domestic loans due to lower interest rates and intensified competition among lending institutions, and a decrease in interest income from foreign trading account assets due to our reduced holding of such securities. The increase in interest expense reflected higher interest payments on foreign deposits due to an increased balance of such deposits as well as higher interest rates on such deposits reflecting the impact of the consolidation of Krungsri, and larger long-term debt primarily reflecting an increase in the balance of borrowings with longer maturities despite the lower interest rates on such long-term debt.
The average interest spread increased 0.01 percentage points to 0.90% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 from 0.89% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, reflecting an increase in the average interest rate for interest-earning assets, particularly foreign loans, and a comparatively limited increase in the average interest rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
The following table shows changes in our net interest income by changes in volume and by changes in rates for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, and the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014:
|Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2013 |
Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2014
|Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2014 |
Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2015
|Increase (decrease) |
due to changes in
|Increase (decrease) |
due to changes in
|Volume(1)||Rate(1)||Net change||Volume(1)||Rate(1)||Net change|
|(1)||Volume/rate variance is allocated based on the percentage relationship of changes in volume and changes in rate to the total net change.|
The following table is a summary of the amount of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, average interest rates, the interest rate spread and non-interest-bearing liabilities for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013, 2014 and 2015:
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
|(in billions, except percentages)|
Interest rate spread
Net interest income as a percentage of total interest-earning assets
Provision (credit) for credit losses. Provision for credit losses is charged to operations to maintain the allowance for credit losses at a level deemed appropriate by management. When there is an improvement in asset quality, credit for credit losses is recorded to reduce the allowance for credit losses to an appropriate level. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we recorded ¥ 87.0 billion of provision for credit losses, compared to credit for credit losses of ¥106.4 billion for the previous fiscal year. The provision for credit losses recorded for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 mainly reflected significant deterioration in the operational and financial performance of a large borrower in the domestic electronics manufacturing industry. The credit for credit losses recorded for the previous fiscal year primarily reflected improvements in the repayment ability of a substantial number of large borrowers, resulting in upgrades of their borrower ratings.
Non-interest income. Non-interest income consists of:
fees and commissions income, including:
fees and commissions on deposits,
fees and commissions on remittances and transfers,
fees and commissions on foreign trading business,
fees and commissions on credit card business,
fees and commissions on security-related services,
fees and commissions on administration and management services for investment funds,
fees and commissions on real estate business, and
other fees and commissions,
foreign exchange gains (losses)net, which include foreign exchange gains (losses) related to derivative contracts (for example, foreign exchange gains (losses) on currency derivatives), foreign exchange gains (losses) on other than derivative contracts (for example, gains (losses) on foreign exchange transactions), and foreign exchange gains (losses) related to the fair value option (for example, foreign exchange gains (losses) on securities under the fair value option),
trading account profits (losses)net, which primarily include net profits (losses) on trading account securities and interest rate derivative contracts entered into for trading purposes, including assets relating to the following activities:
trading purpose activities, which are conducted mainly for the purpose of generating profits either through transaction fees or arbitrage gains and involve frequent and short-term selling and buying of securities, commodities or others, and
trading account assets relating to application of certain accounting rules, which are generally not related to trading purpose activities but are classified as trading accounts due to application of certain accounting rules, such as assets that are subject to fair value option accounting treatment or investment securities held by variable interest entities that are classified as trading account securities.
Of the two categories, trading purpose activities represent a smaller portion of our trading account profits,
investment securities gains (losses)net, which primarily include net gains or losses on sales and impairment losses on available-for-sale securities,
equity in earnings (losses) of equity method investeesnet, which includes our equity interest in the earnings of our equity investees and impairment losses on our investments in equity method investees,
gains on sales of loans, and
other non-interest income.
The following table is a summary of our non-interest income for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013, 2014 and 2015:
|Fiscal years ended March 31,|
Fees and commissions income
Foreign exchange lossesnet
Trading account profits (losses)net
Investment securities gainsnet
Equity in earnings of equity method investeesnet
Gains on sales of loans
Government grant for t