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Quiksilver to close European refinancing by end of September

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Sep '09
Quiksilver, Inc. announced operating results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2009. Consolidated net revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 decreased to $501.4 million, from $564.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Adjusting for changes in foreign currency as compared to the U.S. dollar, this represented a decline of 5% in constant currency. Consolidated pro-forma income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was $3.7 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $33.1 million, or $0.25 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

The pro-forma income from continuing operations for the three months ended July 31, 2009 excludes severance and facility related restructuring charges of $7.3 million net of tax and an offsetting tax adjustment of comparable amount. Including these items, income from continuing operations was $3.4 million or $0.03 per share. A reconciliation of GAAP results to pro-forma results is included in the accompanying tables. Net revenues and income from continuing operations for all periods exclude the results of our Rossignol wintersports business, which was sold in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and is reported as discontinued operations. Net revenues in the Americas segment decreased 6% during the third quarter of fiscal 2009 to $256.8 million from $271.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. In constant currency, European segment net revenues decreased 8% compared to the prior year.

As reported in the financial statements, European segment net revenues decreased 19% during the third quarter of fiscal 2009 to $189.0 million from $232.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. In constant currency, Asia/Pacific segment net revenues increased 12% compared to the prior year. As reported in the financial statements, Asia/Pacific segment net revenues decreased 8% to $55.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 from $59.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Please refer to the accompanying tables in order to better understand the impact of foreign currency on revenue trends in our Europe and Asia/Pacific segments.

Consolidated inventories decreased 7% to $334.2 million at July 31, 2009 from $358.6 million at July 31, 2008. Consolidated trade accounts receivable decreased 14% to $424.2 million at July 31, 2009 from $491.4 million at July 31, 2008. Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “The fiscal third quarter was a very important period for our company as we delivered on the financial expectations we set a quarter ago and secured our global refinancing plan. In doing so, we have returned our focus to the continuing development of our core businesses. The retail environment remains very challenging and we will continue to adapt our cost structure to this trend as we go forward.”

Addressing its outlook for continuing operations, the Company stated that based on current trends, fourth quarter revenues are expected to be down in the mid-teens on a percentage basis compared to the same quarter a year ago and that it expects to incur a loss per share on a diluted basis in the mid-single-digit range. The company indicated that longer term visibility into revenues and earnings remains limited due to global economic conditions.The Company also provided an update on the commitment it had reached to consolidate its European debt obligations, including previously uncommitted lines of credit, into a new committed 4-year facility. The new financing with the Company's European banking partners remains on track with the time table expressed by Quiksilver at the time the transaction was first announced and is expected to close before the end of September.


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