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 3,200 restaurnats in all prefectures of Japan as well as in Taiwan.

Restaurant Industry

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

Japan is the top level 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.

Per-capita spending
on eating out (dollars/person)
  • Preapred by Skylark based on Euromonitor "Consumer Foodservice Statistics" (April 2018), United Nations "World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision" (June 2017)

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

Japan is the top level 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.

Market size of the domestic
restaurant industry (trilion yen)
  • 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

The food and beverage category accounts for approx. 40% 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 1 to 3 % over the past three years.

Market size of the food and beverage category (trillion yen)
  • 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

The percentage of company-operated eating establishments in Japan increases year by year. This trend is expected to continue in the future as well.

Percentage of company-operated
eating establishments (%)
  • Prepared by Skylark based on Euromonitor "Consumer Foodservice Statistics" (April 2018)

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.

(Management Resources)

  • Overwhelming business scale boasting 400 million guests a year at 3,200 domestic and overseas stores.
  • Diverse food categories and restaurant brands such as Western, Japanese, Chinese, barbecue, café, etc..
  • Vertically integrated platform centered on 10 factories nationwide (supply chain network)
  • Experienced human resources familiar with table service

(Management Style)

  • Flexible and prompt response to market changes

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 about 3,200 stores

The Skylark Group operates about 3,200 stores in Japan and Taiwan. Most of them are directly operated stores, making it one of the world's largest directly operated restaurant chains.

3,200 stores (All over Japan and Taiwan)

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

According to the 44th (FY 2017) 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 2017 (Billion yen)
Top 10 companies in ordinary profit
in FY 2017 (Billion yen)
  • Ordinary profit: The figure for the Skylark Group represents its before-tax return as the group applies the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
    Due to retroactive application for changes in accounting policy, Nikkei MJ posted figure is corrected and reflected in the graph.
  • Prepared by the Skylark Group based on the 44th (FY 2017) survey on the restaurant business in Japan as of May 23, 2018 conducted by Nikkei MJ.