The following significant risks could affect Chiyoda Group business status, finances, and our responses to such. These risks may have a material impact on investor decisions related to investment risk. Recognizing these risks, the Chiyoda Group has set risk reduction measures in place, as well as measures to minimize the impact should such events occur. The risks discussed below are those we recognize as of the date of the fiscal year ended.
(a) Changes in the Business Environment; Economic, Social and Political Situations
Various factors may require that modifications be made to clients’ investment plans, project suspension, delay or review. These factors include changes in global economic, social and political environments, protective trade, economic sanctions, and diplomatic relations, changes in home country energy policies and commodity prices such as oil, LNG and metal resources prices: All the factors may affect the Group earnings. Changes in economic, social and political environments for clients, joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers and service providers could affect the Group’s project execution plans, profitability and, ultimately, its financial strength.
The Group monitors global economic and social trends for a potential impact on business and strives to reduce such risk through rigorous contract negotiations. Due diligence is executed for subcontractors, vendors and service providers and remedial action in the supply chain is taken if necessary.
(b) Earthquakes and Natural Disasters, Terrorism, Wars and Other Force Majeure Events
Force Majeure events such as earthquakes, natural disasters by heavy rains or floods due to global climate changes, terrorism and wars have the potential to materially impact project sites or business locations. Disruption issues may include personnel life crisis, delays in equipment and materials delivery and/or suspension of field work.
The Group puts life and safety first and has the Crisis Management Unit, to compile and analyze information to prevent human suffering or harm. The Group has established, and is reinforcing, the crisis management system, which advocates the employment of professional security advisors in the regions requiring particular attention. Additionally, the Group maintains the risk management system to rapidly react to various situations and to respond to an emergency immediately, including consulting with the clients and/or the parties concerned to minimize force majeure risk.
The Group has formulated a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for unexpected events including as a massive earthquake to act smoothly in the initial stage and execute priority tasks. In that way, the Group has been prepared to ensure business continuity by conducting emergency response training.
(c) Fluctuations in Equipment and Material Costs
Under certain contracts, the Group is exposed to material/equipment cost fluctuation risk due to the time difference between plant or material quotation and purchase. Specifically the price of steel, which constitutes a major part of plant construction, could be severely impacted by a rise in commodity prices such as coal and iron ore. Future market prices of copper, nickel, aluminum and zinc are similarly unpredictable.
The Group avoids such risks (or minimizes the impact) by diversifying supply sources, placing early orders, maintaining alliances with major vendors and suppliers and identifying market trends.
(d) Possible Shortage of Construction Workers/Equipment and Materials
A project may experience a delay and a cost impact if sufficient construction labor, equipment and materials or other resources required for a project cannot be sufficiently procured.
The Group avoids such risk (or minimizes the impact) by applying diverse construction methods including modular construction, in the countries where materials and/or adequately qualified labor are scarce or in severe climate areas, and by establishing communication and collaboration with reliable subcontractors, vendors and suppliers. If a plant’s construction is suspended due to labor disputes and the like, the Group minimizes risk by taking appropriate action in cooperation with clients and the local authorities.
(e) Plant Accidents
Safety risk, the consequences of which could be serious for the Group’s operating capability, is inherent in the construction industry.
Safety is of paramount importance to the Group, reinforced by the maxim “Safety is the Core Value”. Through comprehensive Risk Identification and Management procedures, reinforced by close collaboration with clients, designers, subcontractors and vendors, all the risks are identified at every stage of project delivery, from feasibility through design and construction, and measures to negate or mitigate the identified risks are implemented.
(f) Exchange Rate Fluctuations
Some construction projects may involve payment settlements (subcontractors, vendors and suppliers) in a currency that does not correspond with the currency received from the client for the work. In such cases, exchange rate fluctuations can have an impact on earnings. The Group avoids/minimizes exchange rate risk by reserving construction payments against such risk in multiple foreign currencies and by entering into exchange rate forward contracts.
The Group’s global operations are required to comply with local laws, acts and regulations in the respective countries and regions where its head office, subsidiaries, business offices and construction execution sites are located, both at home and abroad. Penalties or suspicious action resulting from non-compliance could have a serious impact on a project’s execution or the business operation of the Group.
To prevent and/or minimize such compliance-related risk, the Group runs training courses for employees including assembled induction and e-learning. Those are intended for them to understand and strictly observe the updated laws, acts, regulations or rules related to its business operations including those for human rights and anti-bribery. The Group also makes every effort to comprehend the present trend of stakeholders including the authorities concerned and clients, both at home and abroad. Additionally, the Group has incorporated compliance response in its operating processes based on its Code of Conduct by establishing a Compliance Committee under the direct control of the Executive Committee and the Compliance Committee of the Chiyoda Group under its wing, consisting of Group company representatives.
(h)Information Security Risk
The Group takes great care in managing information obtained from clients, subcontractors, equipment and materials suppliers and other service providers. The information is necessary in the performance of its business. The Group also possesses confidential information related to technologies, sales, and other businesses. Many core corporate operations and business transactions are conducted by making full use of the IT systems at global subsidiaries. The Group operations are subject to system failure, information leakage and loss of important business information due to infection by computer viruses, external unauthorized access and cyber-attacks. The Group, including the main subsidiaries and global headquarters, holds an ISMS (Information Security Management System) certificate and performs competent information security management which includes training, auditing, and defensive and minimizing measures under its business continuity plan.
(i)Business investment Risk
The Group makes business investment to pursue the growth strategy such as the establishment of a new company or the purchase of the existing company to construct a new business model including offshore and upstream fields. The Group is exposed to several risks, such as changes in the business environment, lower earnings obtained than planned, a downturn in business and incurring extra costs. Prior to deciding on business investment, the Group does assess the feasibility through our standards and rules. After making an investment, the Group regularly monitors the progress in the business and provide various types of support as necessary, to avoid or minimize any loss.