I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our shareholders and hope this message finds you in good health and spirit.
Since its founding in 1969, the Konami Group has always had a pioneering spirit and the foresight to understand the world's needs. By keeping abreast of the changing trends and technology, it has continuously captured the era's crest of the wave.
The field of entertainment and its potential for business growth is expanding with the evolution of technology; such as artificial intelligence (AI), fifth/sixth generation mobile communications (5G/6G), VR/AR, and NFT, the increasing performance of mobile and console game devices, and the emergence of new distribution platforms utilizing cloud technology. The market is expected to activate with the spread of new ways to enjoy games, such as the growing recognition of esports, in which games are regarded as a sporting event. The metaverse, a concept in extension of online games, is attracting increasing attention. We believe that there are opportunities to further enhance the value of our content, which has already formed user communities on a global scale. In addition, the shift to digital and online services shall expand recurring businesses, forming an environment to improve profitability and stability in business performance.
In the field of sports, extending healthy life expectancy in the aging society has become ever more important. As the realization of wellbeing becomes an important issue for a sustainable society, the social significance of maintaining good health through exercise is significant, and we believe that the role and responsibility we play is increasing its importance.
In such an environment, Konami Group providing products and services in the fields of Entertainment and Sports, now has more opportunities than ever to grow its business in an expanding market.
We believe it is important to return profits to our shareholders through stable, high dividends and increased corporate value. The consolidated dividend payout ratio is expected to be at least 30%, and we will continue to strive to raise the level of dividends by improving our business performance through strategic investment in human resources, highest standard R&D environment suitable for the New Normal era, and new technologies that will be essential for growth.
In addition, for long-term growth coincide with the development with the society, management's perspective consciousness of SDGs and ESGs is essential. We will further promote sustainability initiatives, including addressing climate change in line with TCFD's recommendations and promoting diversity. By working together with our stakeholders to achieve both business growth and a sustainable society, Konami Group aims to be an enterprise that is always expected and needed by the society.
We humbly ask for continued support as we work toward these goals.
Representative Director, President