Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Equity Method Investments

Equity Method Investments
6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract]  
Investment in NEC TOKIN
The following table provides a reconciliation of equity method investments to the Company's Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (amounts in thousands):
September 30, 2018
March 31, 2018
Nippon Yttrium Co., Ltd ("NYC")


NT Sales Co., Ltd ("NTS")


Novasentis Inc. (“Novasentis”)


KEMET Jianghai Electronics Components Co., Ltd (“KEMET Jianghai”)




TOKIN's Joint Ventures - NYC and NTS    

NYC was established in 1966 by TOKIN (previously Tohoku Metal Industries Co., Ltd.) and Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd (“Mitsui”). NYC was established to commercialize yttrium oxides and the Company owns 30% of NYC's stock. The carrying amount of the Company's equity investment in NYC was $7.9 million and $8.1 million as of September 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

NTS was established in 2004 by TOKIN, however subsequent to its formation, TOKIN sold 67% of its stock. NTS provides world-class electronic devices by utilizing global procurement networks and the Company owns 33% of NTS' stock. During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, a significant portion of NTS' sales were TOKIN’s products. The carrying amount of the Company's equity investment in NTS was $1.1 million and $1.0 million as of September 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

Summarized transactions between KEMET and NTS were as follows (amounts in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,
Six Months Ended September 30,
KEMET's sales to NTS




NTS' sales to KEMET




Investment in Novasentis
In fiscal year 2018, KEMET invested in the Series-D round of funding of Novasentis, a leading developer of film-based haptic actuators. Novasentis produces the world’s thinnest electro mechanical polymer-based actuators that provide rich haptic feedback for a variety of applications, including AR/VR and Wearables. Novasentis supplies its “smart” film and KEMET applies its expertise in manufacturing film capacitors to the development and commercial production of the actuators. The Company's ownership percentage in Novasentis is 15% and has 1 of 3 seats on Novasentis’ board of directors. Additionally, KEMET has an exclusive manufacturing supply agreement, whereby Novasentis will purchase goods exclusively from KEMET and KEMET shall manufacture and sell goods exclusively to Novasentis.

While the Company determined that Novasentis is a variable interest entity, the Company concluded that it is not the primary beneficiary of Novasentis. Accordingly, the Company accounts for its investment in Novasentis under the equity method of accounting.

The carrying amount of the Company's equity investment in Novasentis was $2.4 million and $2.9 million as of September 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively. As of both September 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018, the Company's maximum exposure to loss in its investment in Novasentis was limited to the carrying amount of its investment.

Under the equity method, the Company's share of profits and losses, and impairment charges from equity method investments are included in “Equity income (loss) from equity method investments” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.
KEMET Jianghai Joint Venture
On January 29, 2018, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with JIANGHAI (Nantong) Film Capacitor Co., Ltd (“Jianghai Film”), a subsidiary of Nantong Jianghai Capacitor Co., Ltd (“Jianghai”) for the formation of KEMET Jianghai, a limited liability company located in Nantong, China. KEMET Jianghai was officially formed on May 16, 2018 to manufacture axial electrolytic capacitors and (H)EV Film DC brick capacitors, for distribution through the KEMET and Jianghai Film sales channels. The Company's ownership percentage is 50% and the Company and Jianghai Film will be equally represented on the joint venture’s board of directors.

The Company's initial capital contribution to KEMET Jianghai was made during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, and the Company accounts for its investment using the equity method due to the related nature of operations and its ability to influence the joint venture's decisions. As of September 30, 2018, the carrying amount of the Company's equity investment in KEMET Jianghai was $0.9 million.