Frequently Asked Questions

What is the origin of the name Polaris Capital Group?
Polaris, the Pole Star, a constant star located in the center of the celestial sphere, has been serving as a guidepost for the travelers and navigators. As a leading player in the Japanese private equity market we wish to play a similar role for Japanese companies navigating through their reorganization and restructuring and become a cornerstone of the private equity market in Japan.
What is the relationship between Polaris and Mizuho Financial Group?
Polaris is independent from Mizuho Financial Group in both management and capital aspects. As a result, its decision-making is flexible and swift. On the other hand, since many of its employees have worked for Mizuho, Polaris enjoys access to their network which, in addition to Polaris’s own network of financial institutions, accounting firms, consulting companies, boutique M&A houses and other business associates, facilitates a hybrid network.
What are the characteristics of Polaris’s investment targets?
The main deal patterns are: ① Purchase of original owner’s shares for business succession, ② Carve-out/spin-off of subsidiary/business division associated with review of business strategy of large conglomerate, ③ Going private transactions for change of ownership policies and restructuring of business strategies, ④ Purchase of shares owned by a financial investor, including other PE funds. The target sectors are: ① Technology and manufacturing, ② Consumer goods, retail and distribution, ③ Services, logistics, media, entertainment.

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What are Polaris’s strengths in value creation and unique approaches compared with other funds?
Polaris’s key feature is its hands-on approach. We create value by applying our own management approaches of quantification of policies and highly detailed process chart management and the PDCA cycle monitoring to make sure the plans are executed.
What is Polaris’s Business Model Innovation?
To create value for an investee company, Business Model Innovation (BMI), which requires a comprehensive overhaul of the original business model, is necessary. BMI requires the following three elements: ① Redefinition of the value proposition (Redefine), ② Restructuring of relationships with stakeholders (Reconnect), ③ Swift application of practical wisdom (Explore) and through incorporating these initiatives Polaris creates value for the investee company.

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