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CSK Corporation
Listings: The First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange,the Osaka Securities Exchange and the Nagoya Stock Exchange, Code 9737
Head Office: Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg., 2-6-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0227
Date of the Meeting of the Board of Directors to Settle Accounts: May 22, 2001
Adoption of the U.S.GAAP: None
CSK Corporation to Transfer ASCII to Unison Capital Partners L.P.

TOKYO, November 26, 2001 - CSK Corporation (TSE code: 9737) today announced that its board had approved a basic agreement with Unison Capital Partners L.P. ("Unison") to transfer the control of CSK's subsidiary ASCII Corporation ("ASCII") to Unison. The transaction is part of CSK's on-going measures to focus the Group's operations on B2B businesses.

Outline of agreement

CSK has been closely involved with ASCII since initially investing capital in the company in 1997, providing both financial and human resources support. In light of the Group's current policy of focusing on B2B businesses and minimizing peripheral risks, however, it was decided that this continued support should be reviewed. As a consequence, the transfer of control of ASCII to Unison was decided upon.

Unison Capital Partners L.P. is the name of a fund managed by Unison Capital Inc. (Representatives: Nobuyoshi Ebara and Tensei Sayama; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.)

(3)Proposed date of transfer:
March 30, 2002

(4)Method of transfer:
i) Capital reduction and equity consolidation. The amount of capital reduction and percentages of equity consolidation will be decided when concluding the formal agreement, expected to be in late December 2001.
ii) CSK will transfer ASCII's shares to ASCII free of charge.
iii) ASCII will cancel the shares received from CSK.
iv) ASCII will increase capital through a third party allotment of shares to Unison.

(5)Outline of company to be transferred:

Company outline

Name of company ASCII Corporation
Main business Publication of PC-related magazines and books; development and distribution of software and hardware
Establishment May 1977
Head office 4-33-10, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8024
President Norikazu Suzuki
Capital ¥21,706,834,000
Shares outstanding 37,487,000 (as at September 30, 2001)
Shareholders' equity (¥4,954 million)
Total assets ¥33,345 million
Fiscal year March 31
Employees 532
Major shareholders
(unit: ' 000 shares, percent)
Kazuhiko Nishi
Industrial Bank of Japan
19,400 (51.8%)
4,620 (12.3%)
910 (2.4%)
400 (1.1%)

Results of past three financial years
(¥ millions)
Year ended Mar. 31, 2000 Mar. 31, 2001 Mar. 31, 2002 (est)
Net sales 40,697 22,075 17,500
Operating income (loss) 1,147 583 (1,850)
Ordinary income (loss) 278 224 (2,300)
Net income (loss) 82 (4,895) (6,500)
Net income per share (¥) 2.83 (130.61) (173.39)
Dividend per share (¥) --- --- ---
Equity capital per share (¥) 94.45 (37.30) ---

(6)ASCII shares held by CSK:

i. Number of shares currently held: 19,400,000
ii. Number of shares to be transferred: 19,400,000
(book value as at September 30, 2001: ¥6.5 billion)
iii. Number of shares to be held after transfer: None

Impact of transfer on CSK's results

(1)Consolidated basis:
CSK's consolidated net income is expected to significantly improve as a result of transferring control of ASCII to Unison. Contributing to this will be tax benefits applicable to losses from the transfer of subsidiary shares. Since ASCII's liabilities have exceeded its assets, these losses have been booked in full to CSK's consolidated financial accounts. With this transfer of control, CSK will be able to recover these losses charged in previous years in future consolidated results.

(2)Non-consolidated basis:
The impact of this transfer on CSK's non-consolidated profit and loss statement is expected to be minimal. The tax benefit applicable to losses from the sale of subsidiary shares will offset the negative impact of this transaction on CSK's net income.

As the official transfer agreement has yet to be finalized, certain elements may be subject to further change. Accordingly, effects of the transfer on consolidated and non-consolidated forecasts for the year ending March 31, 2002 may differ slightly from those mentioned in this document, and will be publicized once the transaction has been formalized.

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Corporate information

CSK Corporation, established in 1968, is one of Japan's leading providers of information and communications technology. The CSK Group comprises a full spectrum of solutions, entertainment, and support companies, including SEGA Corporation, BellSystem24 Inc., NextCom K.K., and ASCII Corporation.

Unison Capital, Inc.
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