Imagineer is a $77m market cap video game developer based in Japan and trades under the ticker TYO: 4644. They have a long history of profitability, are a net-net, and have a TTM P/E of 10.15. They also have a dividend yield of 3.4% with a history of growing their dividend steadily for 17+ years.
I view this as a low risk medium reward play. I own a much larger position in Nippon Ichi Software as it has much more upside, and while both names don't have much downside, Imagineer seems to be safer. Another cheap Japanese game developer I own is Falcom which Mokapu Capital already wrote up: https://mokapucapital.com/nihon-falcom-small-cash-rich-niche-video-game-developer/
I love to own these names in a basket as any of these names have the potential to release a hit game and return multiples of their current price. While I've written up several gaming companies now, Japan makes up only around 20% of my portfolio, but I've been finding a lot to like there.
Imo if it's a net net it's because the cash is not used or distributed enough. why would that change? in the mean time the cash is not yours. I avoid net cash plays where cash is not being put to use.
Fascinating little company - love the thesis.
You outlined some of their products, including a small basket of mobile games /w sizable Android downloads. Do you have data regarding what % of rev and profits is derived from mobile vs. rest of business, and what mix is Android/iOS? I ask because the environment for mobile gaming user acquisition on iOS has been a bloodbath post-ATT. This could be a longer-term drag that I'd be interesting in mathing out.
Thanks again for the great write-up.
Interesting carry, will look into it.