ファナック株式会社： コーポレート・ガバナンスと 財務方針の再検討
In February 2015, Daniel Loeb (a US-based activist investor) announced his firm had a large investment in FANUC Corporation, a leading producer of industrial robots and software for machine tools. Loeb was demanding that the Japanese firm change its financial and governance policies (e.g., distribute more cash, fix its "illogical" capital structure, and provide more information to shareholders). FANUC's CEO, Yoshiharu Inaba, and his board must decide if and how to respond. One the one hand, the firm had been very successful having built leading global market shares in each of its core divisions and profitability that exceeded what Goldman Sachs earned on a per person basis. On the other hand, the Japanese government was calling for financial and governance reform as part of the prime minister's recently-announced economic growth strategy known as "Abenomics". Although Inaba and his team had previously considered many of the proposed changes, the question was whether it was now time to actually make some of the changes.