NOMURA News Release

Nomura to Sell Stake in Skylark to Bain Capital Partners

Tokyo, October 21, 2011 – Nomura Holdings, Inc. today announced that Nomura Principal Finance Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, and NPF-Harmony, a subsidiary of Nomura Principal Finance, have entered into an agreement with Bain Capital Partners, LLC to sell their entire stake in Skylark Co., Ltd.

Nomura Principal Finance plans to sell 41.76 percent of Skylark's outstanding common shares and its entire holdings of preferred shares for 83 billion yen. NPF-Harmony is to sell its 36 percent stake of common shares for 46 billion yen.

Since opening its first restaurant in 1970, Skylark has been a pioneer in the family restaurant business, leading the development of Japan's dining out industry. Incorporated in July 2004, Skylark reported ordinary profit of 9.5 billion yen on consolidated sales of 343 billion yen for the year ended December 2010. The company employed over 3,900 people and had paid-in capital of 100 million yen as of December 31, 2010. Nomura Principal Finance first invested in Skylark in 2006 as part of a management buyout.



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