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KDDI

(TSE: 9433)

Japan

Few carriers make cooler cell phones than KDDI and its AU mobile division. That explains in large part why Japan's No. 2 telecom company by sales (after NTT DoCoMo) is defying gravity in Japan's ultracompetitive cell phone market. Through the financial year ended March, 2006, sales edged up 5% and, despite falling profitability, the company delivered stock returns of 33% for the 12 months through June. One reason: the success of AU's music Chaka Uta Full service, which enables users to download songs over a 3G network direct to handsets. Last year, 43 million songs were downloaded—a 760% rise on a year earlier. Keeping up the pressure on NTT DoCoMo, in May Google and KDDI announced a deal to bundle the U.S. firm's search engine into KDDI's EZ Web Internet service on its AU mobile phones, beginning in July, 2006.

Company Info

2005 Rank

Not Ranked

Sales*
($ Millions)

27,288.6

Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

5 %

Profits*
($ Millions)

1,699.0

Return on Equity

14.7 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)

42.6

Share Price
As of 5/31/06

6,258.33

CURRENT
MARKET INFO

TSE: 9433

No. of Employees

Industry Communications Equipment
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*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

KDDI Corp. provides telecommunication services worldwide. The company offers mobile services, voice telephony services, and broadband Internet access. In addition, it provides PDC-based services, as well as offers access to email, Internet, ringtone melody download, and other content-based data services. The company was established in 1984 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.


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Tadashi Onodera

Tadashi Onodera

Chairman and President

Tadashi Onodera serves as a director and president of KDDI.



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