TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Group (6758.T) said on Thursday that the entertainment-focused conglomerate is considering splitting its financial business into a subsidiary within the next two to three years.
Sony said it is considering a listing of Sony Financial Group, which has businesses such as life insurance and banking, and is considering holding a little less than 20% stake.
As Sony strengthens its entertainment business centered on games, music and movies, as well as its image sensor business, the possibility of a spin-off emerges.
A partial spin-off would allow the newly-listed business to retain the Sony brand.
Sony’s financial division saw annual sales fall 5% to 1.45 trillion yen ($10.74 billion) in the year ending March, but operating profit rose 49% thanks to one-time gains from real estate sales. reported that it was 223.9 billion yen.
Sony says that HBO’s hit drama “The Last of Us” has helped popularize the game series it is based on and the music used in the shows, and is working to foster synergies between its various business areas. .
Sony shares rose 6% in Tokyo morning trading.
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Report: Mariko Katsumura Editing: Jacqueline Wong
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