On October 25, 2016, Metaps, Inc. (“Metaps”) announced its acquisition of Smartcon Co. Ltd. (“Smartcon”), a top prepaid card operator in Korea. Metaps acquired 51% of the outstanding common stock of Smartcon from the management of Smartcon for KRW 10.2billion in cash.Metaps operates marketing business and finance business to build own economic zone under the mission of “To be the World’s Brain - Empowering people to make smarter decisions through computer learning-”. Metaps operates 8 offices globally and its overseas revenue reached approx. 60% of the revenue for marketing business in FYE16/8. In Korea, the market for mobile payment service is growing rapidly and Smartcon is currently leading domestic market as the top operator.Metaps recently announced its “Midterm Management Policy 2020” and finance business is stated as the key business area. This transaction is the first step for Metaps to start finance business in oversea and Metaps aim to provide new payment service by combining Metaps’s experience in smartphone marketing / online payment and Smartcon’s knowledge in issuing prepaid card / e-money.
Today, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (President & Group CEO: Yasuhiro Sato), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Nobuhide Hayashi), Metaps Inc. (President: Katsuaki Sato, (Metaps)), and WiL LLC. (Co-Founder & CEO: Gen Isayama, (WiL)), formed a basic agreement to begin co-operation with a view to a business tie-up with the aim of utilizing FinTech to provide new payments services.The tie-up between the four companies (Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Metaps, and WiL) will bring together Mizuho's customer base and expertise in financial services with Metaps’ data analysis technologies and online payments knowledge, and include support from WiL, a venture capital firm with an extensive network of cutting edge service providers, with the aim of creating and providing the following new payments services utilizing FinTech.
Metaps Inc. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President: Katsuaki Sato, “Metaps”) hereby announces that Mr. Ken Takayama, who is a former CFO of Rakuten, Inc., (“Rakuten”) was appointed as a corporate advisor to our company from this September, prior to his nomination as a candidate for an outside director. The selection of outside directors is to be discussed at the 9th ordinary general shareholders’ meeting scheduled to be held in November 2016.We have expanded our global operation in 8 countries within the fast-growing internet industry mainly utilizing data technology for advertising and financial services with the corporate vision of “Empowering people to make smarter decisions through computer learning”.Mr. Takayama started his career at The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited (current Mizuho Bank, Ltd.) and joined Rakuten in November 1999 as a Senior Director. Since 2013, Mr. Takayama was primarily responsible for managing the financial strategy as group CFO of Rakuten. He has deep understanding of our corporate culture and will offer his experience and knowledge to build up our FinTech business and to enhance our long term corporate value and corporate governance. Metaps plans to discuss the selection of outside directors at the 9th annual meeting of shareholders, for the purpose of improving the soundness and transparency of our business administration and strengthening our corporate governance.
On April 14, 2016, Metaps, Inc. (“Metaps”) announced its acquisition of PAYDESIGN, Inc. (“PAYDESIGN”), a leading payment service company in Japan (the “Transaction”). Metaps acquired all of the outstanding common stock of PAYDESIGN from DRC Capital group, Japanese private equity funds, for JPY 2,880million in cash.
Metaps Names Richard Zheng to Executive Team: Executive Director in Charge of Greater China Operations. Lou Fei Takes Investment and Consultation Responsibilities.
TOKYO – February 1st, 2015 – Metaps Inc. (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Katsuaki Sato, hereafter “Metaps”) announced Richard Zheng would join the board to lead Greater China business. Metaps also announced Lou Fei, former Executive Director in charge of Greater China Operations, will be newly in charge of investment and consultation section.Metaps is a global company with offices in 8 countries and a mission stating, “Through big-data and computer learning, our aim is to be the world's brain by empowering people to make smarter decisions.” Now operates 8 locations worldwide and supporting smartphone developer in the global market.With added responsibility for the Greater China region, Richard Zheng will focus to expand its business in the region. Richard now leads all Greater China offices, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong to support our clients’ success in the global market. With his leadership, Metaps will keep helping our clients in fast changing, competitive market.Not only focusing on existing business, investment for new technology is important for a continuous growth of Metaps in mid to long term. Lou Fei will lead the strategic investment and consultation to create new business.
Metaps Analytics can now combine TV, Internet, and Smartphone Advertisements with Website analytics.
TOKYO – December 2nd, 2015 – Metaps Inc. (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Katsuaki Sato, hereafter “Metaps”) has added an enhanced function on Metaps Analytics. Users of Google Analytics can now check their statistics on Metaps Analytics. The data from smartphone and broadcast television advertisements will be consolidated with existing website tracking information.App publishers commonly use television advertisements to reach a mass audience. At the same time, video ads on smartphones are becoming more popular to complement broadcast television, which has become less relevant amongst the younger generation.
Metaps announces to be the first marketing partner of SEGA Networks’ global game publishing framework “goPlay” 〜Support smart device games to expand globally〜
TOKYO – November 26th, 2015 – Metaps Inc. (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Katsuaki Sato, hereafter “Metaps”) and SEGA Games Co., Ltd. SEGA Networks Company. (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Haruki Satomi, Company COO: Minoru Iwaki, hereafter “SEGA Networks”) announced that Metaps will be the first marketing partner of “goPlay”. SEGA Networks will introduce goPlay, a global smart device game publishing framework, Spring 2016.SEGA Networks provides “goPlay” together with Go Game Pte, Ltd. (HQ: Singapore; CEO:David Ng) through its business alliance and a capital tie-up. The framework assists developers to publish their games on both emerging markets, such as South Asia, South East Asia, Russia as well as on other global markets."Developers are struggling with high production costs and intense competition when it comes to gaming business for smart devices.Nevertheless, Japanese companies are eager to expand into Global market. However entry barriers to foreign markets exist, such as the market environment, culture and language
Metaps Inc. is pleased to announce the approval of its listing on the Mothers Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange today. Metaps’ common stock is scheduled to begin trading on the Mothers market at the opening of the market on Friday August 28th, 2015 JST.With regard to the announcement, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our shareholders and all of our partners for their continued support and cooperation.Metaps will continuously strive for further expansion of our services such as “metaps” and “SPIKE”. Metaps will also improve our corporate values under our corporate mission statement, “To be the world's brain by empowering people to make smarter decisions.”
Metaps Inc. has announced a total marketing partnership targeting app developers with Japanese advertising agency Hakuhodo Inc. Both companies entered into this partnership to improve upon current methodology to calculate the performance of TV commercial campaigns by joint development of better analytics and visualization solutions. Intent is to make possible the prompt calculation of the correlation between TV commercial broadcasts and app downloads/other in-app activity, calculation of the ROI, user acquisition and conversion of a commercial on different mediums of user referrals.
Yoichi Wada, the former President of Square Enix, has joined the Metaps team as an outside director on the Board of Directors. Yoichi Wada's appointment to the Board of Directors is a strong addition to the Metaps management team, drawing upon his vast knowledge and experience in digital entertainment and finance, and over 10 years experience presiding over public companies.