Jeremy Steinberg
0
All posts from Jeremy Steinberg
Jeremy Steinberg in Deals, M&A and more!,

Quiksilver Said to Seek Buyer as Chain Struggles to Stay Afloat

Quiksilver Inc., the surfwear chain that has lost more than three-quarters of its value this year, is looking for a buyer that could help keep the company afloat.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, United States — Quiksilver Inc., the surfwear chain that has lost more than three-quarters of its value this year, is looking for a buyer that could help keep the company afloat, according to people familiar with the matter.

Quiksilver has been holding discussions with potential strategic bidders, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process isn’t public. The goal is a management-led buyout, ideally outside of a bankruptcy, that would let the company retain its stores, two of the people said.

The Huntington Beach, California-based chain replaced its top executives in March after the company had to restate earnings and projected disappointing sales. In June, Quiksilver scrapped its annual earnings forecast, saying a rebound would take longer than expected.

Because of its level of distress, a sale outside of a bankruptcy could be difficult. Filing for Chapter 11 would mean the retailer can abandon costly leases, making it easier for a buyer to rein in costs.

Peter J. Solomon Co. is advising the company on a possible sale, according to the people. Bloomberg News reported in July that Quiksilver had hired the firm to seek additional financing. FTI Consulting Inc. also is helping the retail chain with its operations, the people said. If a strategic buyer can’t be found, a company like Authentic Brands Group, which owns Spyder Active Sports and Tretorn, could be interested in the Quiksilver name, according to one person.

Representatives for Quiksilver, Peter J. Solomon and FTI declined to comment. Authentic Brands, based in New York, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Delisting Threat

Quiksilver’s woes have accumulated in recent months. It received a warning from the New York Stock Exchange in July that its low stock price put it at risk for being delisted. The shares fell 3 percent to 42 cents on Tuesday in New York.

Founded in 1969, Quiksilver sells gear like wet suits and helmets, as well as clothing for “mountain and ocean lovers,” according to its website. The company has about 700 locations, with more than half its sales coming from outside the U.S.

The chain suffered a 13 percent decline in sales last year, with its net loss widening to $309.4 million.

By Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Jodi Xu Klein, Ed Hammond, with assistance from Lindsey Rupp. Editors: Nick Turner, Kevin Orland.