AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
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Executive Deputy President,
Group Chief Strategy Officer
and Chief Financial Officer
Date: July 29, 2004
List of materials
Documents attached hereto:
|A press release announcing that Sony and Bertelsmann have received regulatory clearance for music joint venture.
|News & Information
550 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Sony and Bertelsmann
Receive Regulatory Clearance
For Music Joint Venture
(July 28, 2004, New York, N.Y.) Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and Bertelsmann AG have received formal clearance from the European Commission and from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to merge their recorded music businesses to create a new global recorded music joint venture, it was announced today by SCA, Sony Corporations U.S.-based subsidiary. The newly formed company, which will be 50% owned by each parent company, will not include SCAs music publishing, physical distribution and disc manufacturing businesses or Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It is anticipated that the merger will close shortly and that the new company, which will be fully committed to creating music, developing artists and enriching the lives of music lovers around the world, will officially begin operation immediately thereafter.
Statements made in this release with respect to Sonys current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance of Sony. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements using words such as believe, expect, plans, strategy, prospects, forecast, estimate, project, anticipate, may or might and words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance, events or conditions. From time to time, oral or written forward-looking statements may also be included in other materials released to the public. These statements are based on managements assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Sony cautions you that a number of important risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. You also should not rely on any obligation of Sony to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Sony disclaims any such obligation. Risks and uncertainties that might affect Sony include, but are not limited to (i) the global economic environment in which Sony operates, as well as the economic conditions in Sonys markets, particularly levels of consumer spending; (ii) exchange rates, particularly between the yen and the U.S. dollar, the euro and other currencies in which Sony makes significant sales or in which Sonys assets and liabilities are denominated; (iii) Sonys ability to continue to design and develop and win acceptance of its products and services, which are offered in highly competitive markets characterized by continual new product introductions, rapid development in technology and subjective and changing consumer preferences (particularly in the Electronics, Game, Music and Pictures segments); (iv) Sonys ability to implement successfully personnel reduction and other business reorganization activities in its Electronics, Music and Pictures segments; (v) Sonys ability to implement successfully its network strategy for its Electronics, Music, Pictures and Other segments and to develop and implement successful sales and distribution strategies in its Music and Pictures segments in light of the Internet and other technological developments; (vi) Sonys continued ability to devote sufficient resources to research and development and, with respect to capital expenditures, to correctly prioritize investments (particularly in the Electronics segment); and (vii) the success of Sonys joint ventures and alliances. Risks and uncertainties also include the impact of any future events with material unforeseen impacts.
Investor Relations Contacts:
Masaaki Konoo/Justin Hill
Chris Hohman/Shinji Tomita
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