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Sports lifestyle company Quiksilver to eliminate 200 positions
Feb '09
Quiksilver Inc announced that it is taking additional steps to reduce expenses in its Americas region as part of an overall restructuring effort to reposition its business and in response to the continued decline in the consumer retail environment.

The cost saving measures are expected to reduce expenses in the Americas region by more than 10%, or approximately $40 million annually, and will impact nearly all functional areas. The company will eliminate 200 positions as part of the plan, including a reduction-in-force of approximately 150 employees which is expected to account for roughly one-third of the annual cost reductions. Quiksilver expects to record a charge of approximately $5 million in its first fiscal quarter as a result of these actions.

These cost reduction measures are in addition to expense reductions made by the company in 2008 and other actions already taken in the company's European and Asia Pacific regional businesses.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver Inc, commented, “Beginning last year, we initiated a process to reduce our corporate overhead and cut spending in each of our regions. While these measures improved our overall cost structure by more than $35 million, our commitment to further streamlining the business and the continued decline in the retail environment make additional steps necessary."

"Our spending cuts are across-the-board, touching each of our internal organizations and systems in the Americas, but have been designed to drive improved efficiency while minimizing the impact to our customers and other business partners. All levels of our organization are affected by these actions as nearly 20 percent of the employees involved in the reduction hold manager-level titles or higher. Our management team has worked together on these cost reduction measures with the primary goal of becoming better positioned to weather the current environment and to meet our business objectives moving forward.”

The company also reaffirmed that its efforts to restructure its uncommitted debt in Asia Pacific and Europe remain on track for completion in February.

Quiksilver Inc is the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage.

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