Shareholder Returns & Dividends

Dividend Policy

Our basic policy is to distribute surplus twice a year as interim and year-end dividends. Our dividend policy is to consider performance trends, financial condition and the total shareholder return ratio including share buybacks on a comprehensive basis while paying attention to the stability and sustainability of dividends. During the period from fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 (FY2020) through the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (FY2022), our basic policy is to pay stable and continuous per-share dividends, and to flexibly consider implementing share buyback programs, with a ratio of total shareholder returns to net income attributable to owners of the SoftBank Corp. of approximately 85%*1.

We consider the return of profits to shareholders to be an important goal for our management along with increasing medium to long term corporate value. We can achieve both a high rate of shareholder returns and growth investments based on our ability to make highly efficient investments in new businesses in cooperation with the SoftBank Group portfolio companies. To increase corporate value, we will make capital investments efficiently to further raise the sophistication and expand the service areas of 5G, as well as continuing investments in new businesses.

For fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (FY2022), the annual dividends per share is planned to be 86 yen (of which, the interim dividends per share is planned to be 43 yen).

We will continue to grow both telecommunications business and new businesses, striving to increase our corporate value and make an appropriate return of profit to shareholders.

[Note]
  1. *1
    Total amount of dividends paid and treasury stock retired during the three years from the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 through the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 / total amount of net income attributable to owners of the Company during the same three years.

Dividend History

Dividends per Share (JPY) Payout Ratio (Consolidated) (%)
Interim Year-end
Fiscal year ending March 2023 (Forecast) 86.0 43.0 (Forecast) 43.0 (Forecast) 74.8
Fiscal year ended March 2022 86.0 43.0 43.0 78.1
Fiscal year ended March 2021 86.0 43.0 43.0 82.8
Fiscal year ended March 2020 85.0 42.5 42.5 85.6
Fiscal year ended March 2019 - - 37.5 83.3*1
[Note]
  1. *1
    Converted to annual ratio.

Share Buyback

Period of Acquisition Method of Acquisition Total Number of Shares Acquired Total Amount Paid for Acquisition
October 1, 2020
to March 5, 2021
Market purchase on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. through a discretionary investment account trade to a securities company 78,461,400 JPY 100.0 billion
August 6, 2019
to December 5, 2019
Open market purchase 46,000,000 JPY 68.7 billion

Press Releases

March 8, 2021 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program
December 6, 2019 Notice Concerning Status of Share Buyback Program