Quick Idea: Japan’s Leading Tankless Water Heater Company With Growth In China & USA – Rinnai (TYO: 5947)

Thinking Points

  • Rinnai (TYO: 5947) leads the Japanese water heater market with a 40% market share.
  • However, Rinnai’s Japan share is not the story. Growth outside of Japan has rapidly gained traction over the past few years – particularly in China and the US.
  • As infrastructure in ASEAN countries develop, we can expect Rinnai’s ASEAN revenues to grow as well.

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Idea: 40% Domestic Share In Automotive Rearview Mirrors – Murakami Kaimeido (TYO: 7292)

Talking Points

  • Self-driving cars and camera systems are a thing now, and camera systems are replacing automotive mirrors.
  • With increased competition, the future is tough but not impossible for Murakami Kaimeido, which holds a 40% domestic and 7% global share in automotive rearview mirrors.
  • Murakami’s business performance and price metrics may paint a compelling picture for some investors.

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6121: Takisawa Machine Tool

Summary

  • Over the past decade, inventory levels have greatly increased, resulting in a drag in capital efficiency.
  • Investing in Takisawa at today’s price entails betting on management to quickly improve operational efficiency while assuming higher capital spending in the automotive industry.
  • Overall, Takisawa is technologically competent, but with a few operational problems. With all the pros and cons in mind, Takisawa Machine Tool is worth considering at 114 Yen per share (vs. today’s 177 yen per share).

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