Tag: Billabong

Beleaguered Billabong Announced President and Director Paul Naude to Step Aside to Seek New Possibilities for the Company


In the continuing struggle to hang on, Billabong announced yesterday, November 18, 2012, that Paul Naude, Director of Billabong and President of the Americas will stand aside temporarily in order to investigate the possibility of putting forward a proposal for a leveraged buyout of the Company. Billabong has been struggling for some time. As a […]

Surf Round-up: Vans Triple Crown of Surfing to Kick-off with $1 Million Purse, But No Women’s Events; Women’s LongBoard Championships in China; Effects of ASP’s Ownership by ZoSea Media

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Surfing continues to go through unprecedented changes as the effects of the economy take its toll on what survives and what doesn’t, and new interests re-shape the traditional standards of an industry in major flux. To start, on the cusp of news that Nike/Hurley will no longer be sponsoring mainland’s largest surfing event, the U.S. […]

Retail Round-up: Billabong Plunges as TPG Pulls Bid; Fast Retailing, a.k.a. Uniqlo Takes a Hit

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After two crucial months of due diligence and negotiations, the private equity firm TPG has pulled its bid for taking over the beleaguered surf brand Billabong. Immediately, shares dropped to 82 cents. According to City Index chief market analysis Peter Esho, Billabong’s future is not looking good. “What we’re seeing today in the market is […]

Action Sports Round-up: Shaun White Busted in Nashville; Rip Curl Seeking Potential Investors


Two-time Olympic snowboarding gold medalist and X Games skateboarding gold medalist Shaun White was busted on Monday, September 17, 2012 for charges of public intoxication and vandalism at Loews Vanderbilt Nashville hotel. According to a police report and related story from the Associated Press, police came to Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. on Sunday […]

Frenemies: If Quiksilver Bought Billabong, Would That Be Weird?


While TPG continues to work on plans for possibly acquiring Billabong, Quiksilver’s 20% shareholder Rhone Capital, a private equity firm, may be checking it out too. According to a recent story in Transworld Business, via The Australian, there’s another interested party in the Billabong crisis, which is Rhone Capital. This sounds very rumor-like, but an […]

Agenda Trade Show Brings Action Sports and Streetwear Together, Creating a New Platform for Contemporary Adventure and Heritage-Mod Brands and Designs—Label Networks Review


Quiksilver’s sun-drenched fades and gradients on their new collection of board shorts. Story and Photos by Tom Wallace and Kathleen Gasperini Agenda fashion trade show held in Long Beach Convention Center, CA, August 1-2, 2012 has become the ideal platform for a new crossover of styles, brands, and retailers. While many traditional players in action […]

Billabong Halted Trading, Attempts to Raise $225 Million, Yet Billabong’ 6th Design for Humanity Massive Event Still On


Billabong’s Design for Humanity event over the past 5 years has been one extraordinary event, taking place in a “NYC” backlot in Paramount Studios in Hollywood featuring an array of bands, a runaway show of their upcoming collection, and a new beneficiary from art auction and ticket sales proceeds. However the announcement of the 6th […]

Billabong’s Partial Sell of Nixon Generates $285 Million Towards Debt Payment—Plus, The Changing Tide of Action Sports


Hours after posting the initial story about the potential Billabong takeover, last night came more news as Billabong and Nixon announced the partial sale, or 48.5% of Nixon, to Trilantic Capital Partners (not to be confused with Texas Pacific Group which put in a bid earlier in the morning for Billabong for $766 million). The […]

Retail Round-Up: Billabong Take-Over Bid; VF’s Strong Q4 Thanks to Timberland Buy


Ever since Billabong’s horrid December 2011 financial report of a drop of 44% for an all-time record low on December 19th, the surf brand has been under a microscope among financial advisors as to what’s next for the troubled action sports company. After the December report, Goldman Sachs announced a structure review, with Billabong stating […]

How Surfing Is Going Through Its Own “Arab Spring”—From Bobby Martinez Getting Booted to Questions about the ASP World “City” Tours to Lack of Women’s Sponsorship— The Soul of Surfing Under the Spotlight

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In the past few years it seems we’ve been writing more and more about the sport of surfing and not necessarily because of its soulful nature and attraction among youth culture, but because of the complex business issues surrounding the industry. Now, hitting mainstream Los Angeles this week, a poignant article by Tibby Rothman was […]