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SYLA Technologies Announces Its Growth Strategy Centered on Mergers and Acquisitions

TOKYO, Jan. 31, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SYLA Technologies Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: SYT) (“SYLA” or “the Company”), operator of the largest membership real estate crowd-funding platform in Japan, Rimawari-kun, today announced its mid-term business strategy centered on M&A and mid-term revenue targets for the next three years from the fiscal year ending December 2024 through the fiscal year ending December 2026.

M&A Growth Strategy
In its mid-term business strategy, SYLA aims to further accelerate the growth of its existing businesses by actively pursuing M&A opportunities, following the Company’s successful acquisition of a solar power business, and a business transfer from ietty Inc., a Japanese based AI real estate broker. The key elements of the M&A strategy are as follows:

1. Selection Criteria for M&A Candidates

  • Companies with synergies with SYLA’s core business
  • Companies, whether listed or unlisted, possessing a robust supply chain for real estate development from start to finish, but are facing challenges in business succession
  • Competitors in the same industry, particularly those serving markets and customers in which SYLA has yet to establish a presence
  • Companies with untapped potential in digital transformation and technology, where ongoing improvements in productivity and efficiency are expected to result in sustained business profits

2. M&A Decision Criteria

  • Companies with an undervalued purchase price (price-to-book ratio below 1x*, and anticipated profit contribution after the acquisition)
  • Companies with net assets that are undervalued relative to the fair value of their real estate holdings

* In March 2023, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (“TSE”) requested all companies listed in the Prime and Standard Markets to disclose and implement policies and initiatives to improve the cost of capital and return on capital. In line with this request, the TSE commented that a price-to-book ratio below 1x would indicate that the company has not achieved a return on capital that exceeds its cost of capital, or it lacks sufficient recognition of its growth potential by investors. SYLA considers Japanese companies with low price-to-book ratios, whether listed or unlisted, that can be expected to improve in response to TSE’s request above as undervalued.

Organic Growth Strategy
SYLA has outlined a mid-term growth strategy, targeting to surpass 40 billion yen in revenues by FY2026, as follows:

Mid-term Revenue Targets

(as announced on January 25, 2024)
FY2025 FY2026
Revenue Targets 27.5 - 30.0 billion yen 34.0 billion yen 41.0 billion yen

The revenue targets above specifically pertain to the Company’s organic growth, that is, not including revenues from M&A.

SYLA’s core business domain, real estate development and sales, continues its upward trajectory, propelled by the Japanese government's low interest rate policy, increased inbound investment, and population growth in the central Tokyo area, which is the Company’s primary focus. Despite challenges such as inflation-driven cost escalations and the potential for rising interest rates, SYLA anticipates robust growth. This expectation is based on the fact that the Company has already procured properties representing more than 60% of the estimated revenues for the real estate development and sales business through FY2025. Additionally, the collaboration with a private fund managed by BlackRock’s real estate division (announced on December 11, 2023), and the capital and business alliance with RIBERESUTE CORPORATION (TSE: 8887) (announced on January 23, 2024), are poised to enhance SYLA’s procurement and development capabilities, further contributing to sustained growth of the Company.

Furthermore, Rimawari-kun crowdfunding business is experiencing a steady rise in its membership (279,029 members as of December 2023, which is a 20% increase from the previous year), propelled by a successful collaboration with Rakuten Points. SYLA anticipates additional inflows of investment money driven by the Japanese government’s “Doubling Asset-based Income Plan.” With equity from investors and financing from banks supporting larger-scale investment projects for the Rimawari-kun business, we expect our crowdfunding business to transition from the membership acquisition phase to a full sales growth phase in FY2024.

The renewable energy business expects an increase in sales, driven by the full-scale development of its core non-FIT solar power sources backed by substantial subsidy support from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

“The Japanese real estate industry has experienced substantial growth, particularly in the central Tokyo area, amid the recent low-interest-rate market conditions,” said Chairman, Founder, and CEO Hiroyuki Sugimoto. “Conversely, many companies in the real estate industry have price-to-book ratios below 1x, unable to leverage their robust net assets for their growth due to challenges such as industry-wide aging and the absence of business successors. With an estimated 23 trillion yen in unrealized profits for Japanese companies, attributed to the decade-long expansion of the central Tokyo real estate market, these low-growth companies have significant potential by taking advantage of leverage. Enriched with interconnected sectors, the real estate industry has the capacity to further stimulate the overall Japanese economy.”

Sugimoto continued: “SYLA is committed to fostering robust and steady organic growth by integrating our core real estate development and sales business with the Rimawari-kun business. Leveraging the cash generated from these businesses, we will concurrently pursue a growth strategy through M&A, targeting companies with a stable financial foundation and growth potential that are currently undervalued by the market. On the other hand, in the post-acquisition phase, it is imperative to create a secure work environment that empowers both management and employees to showcase their full capabilities. Therefore, we anticipate incurring reasonable post-merger integration costs, encompassing group integration and accounting audits. While these expenses may temporarily impact our short-term profits, we remain confident that this M&A strategy will drive substantial growth for SYLA in the medium to long term, ultimately delivering significant returns to our shareholders.”

About SYLA Technologies Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SYLA Technologies Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: SYT) (“SYLA” or “the Company”) owns and operates the largest membership real estate crowd-funding platform in Japan, Rimawari-kun, which targets individuals, corporate and institutional investors, as well as high net worth individuals. SYLA’s mission is to democratize real estate investment around the world through technology and asset management through the Rimawari-kun platform. SYLA is engaged in the overall investment condominium business, including planning, development, construction, sales, rental management, building management, repair work, and the sale of properties. Additional information about the Company’s products and services is available at

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Contact Information
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John Yi and Steven Shinmachi
Tel +1 (949) 574-3860

SYLA Technologies Company Contact:
Hajime Sugino
Head of SYLA USA

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