LINE Corp.

LINE Corp.

LINE Corp.

Overview
Date Founded

2000

Headquarters

JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower, 23/F,4-1-6 Shinjuku,Shinjuku-Ku,Tokyo 160-0022

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

6,998

Industries

Computer Software
Other Business & Consulting Services
Internet Software & Services
IT Consulting & Services

Company Description

LINE Corp. engages in the mobile communication business. It operates through the Core and Strategy segments. The Core segment handles advertising, communication, and content business. The Strategy segment includes FinTech services such as Line Pay. It also deals with artificial intelligence and e-commerce. The company was founded on September 4, 2000 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Executives & Employees

Director & Chairman

Director & Chief Financial Officer

Director & Chief Wow Officer

Director, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Corporate Auditor

Corporate Auditor

Corporate Auditor

President, Chief Executive Officer, Representative Director

Senior Executive Officer

Senior Executive Officer, Manager of Corporate Business Group, Manager of Line Ads Platform Business Promotion Office

Board of Directors

Director & Chairman at LINE Corp.

Director & Chief Financial Officer at LINE Corp.

Director & Chief Wow Officer at LINE Corp.

Director, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at LINE Corp.

Former Supervisory Director at Japan Senior Living Investment Corp.

Corporate Auditor at Mitsubishi Corporation

President & Representative Director at Mister Films Ltd.

President, Chief Executive Officer, Representative Director at LINE Corp.

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J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management (JPMAAM) invests assets in a wide range of instruments and markets across certain major strategies including, but not limited to, U.S. and non-U.S. equities and equity-related instruments, fixed income and other debt-related instruments, currencies, commodities and derivative instruments. Direct Investments may include U.S. and non-U.S. equities and equity-related instruments, restricted securities, special purpose acquisition companies, currencies, commodities, and derivative instruments, among others. JPMAAM generally employs six broad investment strategies: Long/Short Equities, Relative Value, Opportunistic/Macro, Merger Arbitrage/Event Driven, and Portfolio Hedge.

Recent Transactions
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NAVER Corp. purchases Demae-can Co., Ltd.

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Z Holdings Corp., LINE Corp. purchase LINE Corp. /Mobile Applications Business from NAVER Corp.

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NAVER Corp., LINE Corp. purchase Z Holdings Corp. from SoftBank Group Corp.

Transaction Advisors
Investment Advisor

Advised onZ Holdings Corp., LINE Corp. purchase LINE Corp. /Mobile Applications Business from NAVER Corp.

Legal Advisor

Advised onZ Holdings Corp., LINE Corp. purchase LINE Corp. /Mobile Applications Business from NAVER Corp.

Underwriter

Advised onLINE Corp. issued USD American Depositary Shares (ADS)

Clients

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Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
$12.6B
Total Enterprise Value
$11.8B
Earnings Per Share
$-1.79
EBITDAMargin
-8.52%
Enterprise Value / Sales
5.68x
TEVNet Income
-27.55x
Debt TEV
0.17x
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
17.37%
Revenue
$2.07B
Net Profit
$-427M
EBITDA
$-177M
Total Debt
$2.03B
Total Equity
$1.59B
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Competitors
Tencent Holdings Ltd. Internet Software & Services - Shenzhen, China

Founded in November, 1998, Tencent has grown into one of China's largest and most used Internet service portal. Since its establishment over the last decade, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies. On June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It is Tencent's mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent is providing value-added Internet, mobile and telecom services and online advertising under the strategic goal of providing users with "one-stop online lifestyle services". Tencent’s leading Internet platforms in China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone, 3g.QQ.com, SoSo, PaiPai and Tenpay – have brought together China's largest Internet community, to meet the various needs of Internet users including communication, information, entertainment, e-commerce and others. As of Sep 30, 2011, the active QQ users accounts for QQ IM amounted to 711.7 million while its peak concurrent users reached 145.4 million. The development of Tencent has profoundly influenced the ways hundreds of millions of Internet users communicate with one another as well as their lifestyles. It also brings possibilities of a wider range of applications to the China’s Internet industry. Looking forward, Tencent remains committed to enhancing its development and innovation capabilities while strengthening its nationwide branding for its long term development. More than 50% of Tencent employees are R&D staff. Tencent has obtained patents relating to the technologies in various areas: instant messaging, e-commerce, online payment services, search engine, information security, gaming, and many more. In 2007, Tencent invested more than RMB100 million in setting up the Tencent Research Institute, China's first Internet research institute, with campuses in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. The institute focuses on the self-development of core Internet technologies, in pursuing its development and innovation for the industry. Tencent's long term vision is to become the most respected Internet enterprise. In order to fulfill corporate social responsibilities and to promote civil Internet communities, Tencent has been actively participating in public charity programs. In 2006, Tencent inaugurated the Tencent Charity Fund, the first charity foundation set up by a Chinese Internet enterprise, and the public charity website gongyi.qq.com. The website focuses on youth education, assisting impoverished communities, care for the disadvantaged, and disaster relief. Tencent has currently begun a number of public charity projects across China. It strives to help build a harmonious society and to become a good corporate citizen

Alphabet, Inc. Internet Software & Services - Mountain View, CA

Alphabet, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the business of acquisition and operation of different companies. It operates through the Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes its main Internet products such as ads, Android, Chrome, hardware, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Search, and YouTube. The Other Bets segment consists of businesses such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Verily, Waymo, and X. The company was founded by Lawrence E. Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin on October 2, 2015 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Twitter, Inc. Internet Software & Services - San Francisco, CA

Twitter, Inc. is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. It provides a network that connects users to people, information, ideas, opinions, and news. The company's services include live commentary, live connections and live conversations. Its application provides social networking services and micro-blogging services through mobile devices and the Internet. The company can also be used as a marketing tool for businesses. It’s products and services include Twitter, Periscope, Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Christopher Isaac Stone, Noah E. Glass, Jeremy LaTrasse, and Evan Williams on March 21, 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Awards & Honors
2018
Consumer Technology Association - Best Of Innovations Award
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