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Skylark Business Overview

Here we will take a look at Skylark's business and strengths.

Since opening its first restaurant in 1970, the Skylark Group has developed various brands, and has continued to meet the customers' ever-changing needs as a pioneer family restaurant business in Japan. We have a wide variety of brands in the form of Western-style, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants, including Gusto—our largest brand. Our diverse brands cover a broad range of categories and occasions, from multi-purpose restaurants like Gusto where all sorts of dishes can be served, suburban cafes and restaurants specialized in Chinese, Japanese, and Italian food. We run about 3,000 stores that can be found in all prefectures of Japan.

Restaurant Industry

The world's top level of per-capita spending on eating out

Per-capita spending
on eating out (dollars/person)
Per-capita spending on eating out
Japan is the number one country in the world when it comes to per-capita spending on eating out. This is a testament to how common it is and how much people in Japan enjoy going out to eat.
Source: Euromonitor "Consumer Foodservice Statistics" (December 2014)
Business Monitor International "2013 Population statistics" (December 2014)

The market size of the nearly 25 trillion yen domestic restaurant industry has remained stable.

Market size of the domestic
restaurant industry (100 trillion yen)
Market size of the domestic restaurant industry
The market size of the domestic restaurant industry is about 25 trillion yen. It has remained stable for the past several years.
Source: Prepared by Skylark based on the estimation of the restaurant industry market size by Japan Foodservice Association

The market size of the food and beverage category is about 10 trillion yen

Market size of the food and
beverage category (100trillion yen)
Market size of the food and beverage category
The food and beverage category accounts for 38% of the entire restaurant industry, which is equal to a market size of about 10 trillion yen. This category has grown at an annual rate of 2 to 3 % over the past three years.
Source: Prepared by Skylark based on the estimation of the restaurant industry market size by the Japan Foodservice Association

The percentage of company-operated eating establishments has increased in Japan

Percentage of company-operated
eating establishments (%)
Percentage of company-operated eating establishments
The percentage of company-operated eating establishments in Japan increases year by year. This trend is expected to continue in the future as well.
Source: Euromonitor "Consumer Foodservice Statistics" (May 2016)

Strengths of Skylark

Strong business foundation

Skylark Group has successfully grown by improving the different parts of its business foundation. Moving forward, we intend to generate new growth by utilizing and expanding this foundation.

  1. Our wide portfolio of brands that span across multiple categories which satisfy the diverse needs of customers
  2. Corporate management that takes advantage of its scale of business with about 3,000 stores across Japan
  3. Supply chain network based on its 10 factories set up across the country
  4. Organizational structure through which customer data can be effectively used to develop menu items and other measures
  5. Experienced store staff

Various brands in various categories

We have a variety of brands to meet the customers' ever-changing needs. Our brands, offering prices that are always close to being the most affordable in the category, have continued to win the hearts of our customers.

Various brands in various categories

One of the world's largest directly operated restaurant chains-unparalleled business scale with over 3,000 stores

The Skylark Group operates over 3,000 stores in Japan and Taiwan. Most of them are directly operated stores, making it one of the world's largest directly operated restaurant chains.

3,031 stores (The number of stores in Japan as of the end of May 2017. An additional 48 stores are in operation in Taiwan.)

Skylark ranked second in total sales and first in ordinary profit in the industry

According to the 43rd (FY 2016) survey on the restaurant business in Japan conducted by Nikkei MJ, the Skylark Group ranked second in total sales and ranked first in ordinary profit. These results show that one of the Group's strengths is its substantial earning power.

Top 10 companies in total sales
in FY 2016 (100 million yen)

Top 10 companies in total sales in FY 2016

Top 10 companies in ordinary profit
in FY 2016 (100 million yen)

Top 10 companies in ordinary profit in FY 2016

* Amount of ordinary profit: The figure for the Skylark Group represents its before-tax return according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Source:Prepared by the Skylark Group based on the 43rd (FY 2016) survey on the restaurant business in Japan as of May 24, 2017 conducted by Nikkei MJ.

Development of the delivery business

About 900 stores in the Skylark Group provide a delivery service. The market size is expanding in response to changes in society, such as more women in the workforce, the aging population, and the expansion of home meal replacements (HMRs).
We will continue to make efforts to raise the awareness of, as well as further promote, our delivery service. Our aim is to allow working couples and elderly people who prefer eating at home to enjoy our dishes at their own dining table.

Changes in delivery sales (100 million yen)
Changes in delivery sales