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Executive Summary

Benesse Holdings, Inc. engages in the education, language, lifestyles, senior and nursing care, and other related businesses.

Snowflake Analysis

Excellent balance sheet with proven track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Benesse Holdings's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: BE8's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




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1 Year Return




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Return vs Industry: BE8 exceeded the German Consumer Services industry which returned 5.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: BE8 exceeded the German Market which returned -3.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day3.9%-2.0%2.2%
30 Day1.5%3.4%8.0%
90 Day15.5%-4.8%-9.6%
1 Year31.9%29.6%7.5%5.6%-2.3%-3.9%
3 Year-11.8%-16.8%-9.1%-13.8%-7.6%-14.8%
5 Year29.2%14.7%-38.3%-55.1%-0.3%-12.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Benesse Holdings's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

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Is Benesse Holdings undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: BE8 (€26.8) is trading above our estimate of fair value (€20.95)

Significantly Below Fair Value: BE8 is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: BE8 is poor value based on its PE Ratio (49.5x) compared to the Consumer Services industry average (15.2x).

PE vs Market: BE8 is poor value based on its PE Ratio (49.5x) compared to the German market (18.7x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: BE8 is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (4.8x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: BE8 is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.8x) compared to the XE Consumer Services industry average (2.7x).

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Future Growth

How is Benesse Holdings forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 6 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: BE8's forecast earnings growth (10.3% per year) is above the savings rate (0.2%).

Earnings vs Market: BE8's earnings (10.3% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the German market (21.7% per year).

High Growth Earnings: BE8's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: BE8's revenue (2.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the German market (5.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: BE8's revenue (2.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: BE8's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (7.3%).

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Past Performance

How has Benesse Holdings performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: BE8 has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: BE8's current net profit margins (1.4%) are higher than last year (1.1%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: BE8 has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 48.3% per year.

Accelerating Growth: BE8's earnings growth over the past year (27.8%) is below its 5-year average (48.3% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: BE8 earnings growth over the past year (27.8%) exceeded the Consumer Services industry 20.8%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: BE8's Return on Equity (4.2%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Benesse Holdings's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: BE8's short term assets (¥273.4B) exceed its short term liabilities (¥177.5B).

Long Term Liabilities: BE8's short term assets (¥273.4B) exceed its long term liabilities (¥164.6B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: BE8's debt to equity ratio (19.4%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: BE8's debt to equity ratio has increased from 14.7% to 19.4% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: BE8's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (123.4%).

Interest Coverage: BE8's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4.5x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Benesse Holdings's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: BE8's dividend (1.55%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the German market (1.35%).

High Dividend: BE8's dividend (1.55%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the German market (4.05%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: BE8's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: BE8's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (76.6%), BE8's payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average board tenure


Tamotsu Adachi (66yo)



Mr. Tamotsu Adachi has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Benesse Holdings, Inc. since October 2016. Mr. Adachi serves as the Senior Advisor to the Japan buyout advisory team at The Carlyle  ...

Board Members

Tamotsu Adachi
President3.58yrsno data0.071% ¥1.9m
Kimiko Kunimasa
Chief Human Officerno datano datano data
Haruna Okada
Director0.92yrno data0.027% ¥715.6k
Hitoshi Kobayashi
Executive VP & Representative Director7.92yrsno data0.0083% ¥220.1k
Shinya Takiyama
Corporate Executive VP3.92yrsno data0.0021% ¥55.2k
Masaki Yamasaki
Corporate Executive VP2.92yrsno data0.0021% ¥55.2k
Naoto Saito
Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member0.92yrno data0.0021% ¥55.2k
Shinjiro Iwata
Independent Chairman of the Board3.92yrsno data0.0021% ¥55.2k
Ryuji Yasuda
Outside Independent Director4.92yrsno data0.0021% ¥55.2k
Hideaki Fukutake
Independent Outside Director5.92yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: BE8's board of directors are considered experienced (3.9 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Benesse Holdings, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Benesse Holdings, Inc.
  • Ticker: BE8
  • Exchange: DB
  • Founded: 1955
  • Industry: Education Services
  • Sector: Consumer Services
  • Market Cap: JP¥311.228b
  • Listing Market Cap: JP¥2.652b
  • Shares outstanding: 96.36m
  • Website: https://www.benesse-hd.co.jp/ja

Number of Employees


  • Benesse Holdings, Inc.
  • 3-7-17 Minamigata
  • Kita-ku
  • Okayama
  • Okayama
  • 700-0807
  • Japan


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
BE8DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 1995
9783TSE (The Tokyo Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockJPJPYNov 1995
BSEF.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1995


Benesse Holdings, Inc. engages in the education, language, lifestyles, senior and nursing care, and other related businesses. The company offers Shinkenzemi correspondence courses, Shinken simulated exams, student pocketbooks, magazines, and general publications; individual tuitions; and advertising services. It also operates schools and prep schools; creates university information magazines; plans, edits, produces, distributes, and sells study materials; sells learning aids; researches and develops cultural goods; supports overseas study; global leadership training; and introduction and temp staffing of nurses and human resources trained in nursing care, as well as produces, distributes, and sells software. In addition, the company is involved in the logistics and data processing of tests and teaching materials for schools; general trading and quality assurance related to educational equipment, toys, and other items; and rights management of music publications, as well as engages in the English school/international pre-school/English lesson activities for kindergarten and nursery school. Further, it provides career development and career educational support; senior citizen welfare; nursing-care business support and personnel services; and food delivery services for seniors. Additionally, the company rents, sells, and repairs simultaneous interpreting equipment; personnel service; and provides interpretation, translation, and language instruction services. It offers nursing care consulting; computer information processing, maintenance, and consulting work in the area of information system and security; insurance agency; office operational management, outsourcing, and support; and welfare services for challenged persons, as well as operates and manages hotels and campsites. The company was formerly known as Benesse Corporation and changed its name to Benesse Holdings, Inc. in 2009. Benesse Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Okayama, Japan. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/05/26 05:45
End of Day Share Price2020/05/25 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/03/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.