Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Company

Q1. When was Link and Motivation established?
On March 27, 2000.
For an overview of the company, please refer to the Company Information (corporate).
Q2. When were Link and Motivation's shares listed?
Link and Motivation's shares were listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on December 17, 2007.
Q3. Does Link and Motivation have subsidiaries?
See “Group Companies” on our Company Information page for a list of our current subsidiaries.
Q4. What is Link and Motivation's management philosophy?
Our philosophy is to "contribute to the vitalization of society through Motivation Engineering."
We work to implement this philosophy by providing one-stop support for corporate transformation, using our core technology, "Motivation Engineering," to link the motivation of each individual to the organization's overall strategy, and to organizational strategy, recruiting strategy and place strategy.
Q5. What measures is Link and Motivation taking to enhance corporate governance?
To fulfill Link and Motivation's founding management philosophy - "contribute to the revitalization of society through Motivation Engineering" - we are strengthening corporate governance with the fundamental objective of fair and transparent management.
For further details, see our Corporate Governance Policies.
Q6. I've heard that Link and Motivation has a quarterly dividend system.
Link and Motivation operates on its own calendar - three months is the equivalent of one "year" for Link and Motivation - and employs a fast-paced management approach. Applying this idea to our dividend policy, we have decided to make dividend payments four times a year.
One of our management priorities is to deliver returns to shareholders that are linked with consolidated performance. Our fundamental policy is to actively return profits to shareholders, taking into account factors such as consolidated results for the period, the business environment outlook and investment plans. Specifically, we aim to maintain the payout ratio at about 30 percent of consolidated net income.
We plan to use internal capital reserves to invest in vigorous business development and enhancement of our corporate infrastructure in order to ensure shareholder profits in the future.

Questions about Link and Motivation's Business

Q1. What is Link and Motivation's business?
Our business is corporate transformation consulting using our core technology, Motivation Engineering.
Motivation Engineering consists of diagnostic techniques, which we use to diagnose problems from the standpoint of motivation, and transformational techniques, which we use to execute transformational measures according to the results of the diagnosis. We have expanded the scope of our business to include corporate transformation that applies these techniques to stakeholder management - in other words, building relationships between a company and its various stakeholders (employees, job applicants, customers, and shareholders and investors).
Q2. Could Motivation Engineering be imitated?
Our technical strengths create a high entry barrier. Our proprietary techniques for visually representing and quantifying motivation and the vast database we have accumulated keep us unrivaled in our field.
Q3. Link and Motivation has established a dominant brand in recruiting. What is your secret?
We apply our core technology, Motivation Engineering, to our own company, and have developed our own recruiting expertise.
We view recruiting as a long-term branding activity, and have actively invested in it since the Company's inception. As a result, we have established a strong recruiting brand while continuously and steadily attracting top-notch employees. In a 2007 employer brand survey*, Link and Motivation was rated the most popular company in the consulting industry.
  • Note: Conducted by Recruit Co., Ltd.
Q4. Who are Link and Motivation's competitors?
We're the first company in the world to turn motivation, an intangible concept, into a business. Consequently, we do not compete with any one specific company. In each of our business areas (motivation management and entry management), we may compete with other companies that provide services such as organization and human resource support and recruiting support.

Questions about Business Performance and Financial Indicators

Q1. What is Link and Motivation's fiscal year-end?
Link and Motivation's fiscal year ends on December 31.
Q2. When do you release financial results?
We release financial results on a quarterly basis.
The schedule for announcements is mid-February for the full year, mid-August for the first half, and mid-May and November for the first and third quarters, respectively. Please refer to the IR Calendar for details.
Q3. Where can I find Link and Motivation's financial statements?
For each quarter, we post our financial statements in the IR Library section of our website on the release date. Release notices are posted in the IR News.
Q4. What are Link and Motivation's main management indicators?
Up to now, we have used the operating margin as a key indicator to manage our business with a focus on profitability and productivity. While the operating margin will continue to be a key metric, we will also position sales and operating income as important indicators in order to increase our focus on expansion of scale. Currently we are shifting our management strategy to an emphasis on expanding the size of our business. This involves revitalizing existing businesses, pursuing an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy and launching new businesses. Along with these new investments, goodwill and other expenses are increasing. Growing sales and operating income will continue to be important for the Link and Motivation Group so that we can make further investments for expansion.

Questions about Link and Motivation Stock and the General Meeting of Shareholders

Q1. When are the record dates for dividend payments?
The record dates are December 31 for the year-end dividend and June 30 for the interim dividend. With the introduction of a quarterly dividend system, record dates for first-quarter and third-quarter dividends are March 31 and September 30, respectively.
Q2. Who should I contact to find out about stock procedures?
Our stock is handled by Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. You may request change of address forms, transfer requests and other forms (Japanese language only) on their website.
Q3. How many shares are in a trading unit?
One hundred (100) shares.
Q4. When and where is the General Meeting of Shareholders held?
The ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders is held every March. The date and location will be posted on the General Meeting of Shareholders page notified by IR News.