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According to the Nikkei, Japanese human resources service company Outsourcing aims to take its shares private through a management buyout with Bain Capital, which will likely exceed 200 billion yen ($1.3 billion). It seems that rapid expansion through M&A has made the group difficult to manage. Outsourcing is currently listed on the Tokyo Prime market, and it may be that the increasing demands of maintaining this status have become too onerous.* Several other listed Japanese companies have undergone MBOs recently, such as Benesse, Taisho Pharmaceuticals and Sidax.
The Japanese version of the Nikkei report says that Outsourcing had 230 consolidated subsidiaries as of September 2022. As the number of companies within the group increased, the cost of maintaining the company’s listing increased, including the time-consuming task of preparing consolidated financial statements. In 2021, inappropriate accounting was discovered at 17 group companies. Outsourcing intends to use Bain to proceed with post merger integration, including the consolidation and abolition of group companies and strengthening corporate governance.
Of the 110,000 employees, 58.8% are overseas. We estimate around 1,200 of those employees are in the UK, and 5,000 or more are in the EMEA region. It is hard to estimate accurately as so many employees are despatched employees rather than core administrative and management staff and each country treats the status of outsourced employees differently. Outsourcing has not updated its fact sheets or fact books in English for several years, which is perhaps a reflection of the complexity they now face. The website features rather a lot of photos of the founder, Doi Haruhiko with the late Queen Elizabeth II , due to Outsourcing’s sponsorship of the Royal Windsor polo match.
The board of directors used to reflect two of Outsourcing’s biggest acquisitions in Europe, CPL Resources and Otto Holdings. Irish born Anne Heraty from CPL still seems to be on the board but Franciscus van Gool from Otto seems to have resigned.
On 20th December 2023, the Tokyo Stock Exchange requested Outsourcing Inc to submit an Improvement Status Report with regard to the status of implementation and operation of the improvement measures, having found that multiple companies in the group made inappropriate applications for employment adjustment subsidies (the Japanese equivalent of the furlough scheme used in various countries during the pandemic) at the same time.
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