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Hardgoods Sales Down At Amer Sports

by The Editors on October 25, 2012

AmersportsAmer Sport the Helsinki, Finland based parent company of Salomon, Bonfire, and Nikita reported their financials for the quarter ending September 2012. Profits appeared flat versus 2011 with net sales increased by two percent, and unfortunately winter hardgoods sales were down by 12 percent, according to Marketwatch.

“Our Q3 sales were driven by strong on-going momentum in Apparel (27% growth), as well as continuous improvement in Suunto (+24%), Fitness (10%), Tennis (+8%) and Cycling (+7%),” said Keikki Takala, president and CEO of Amer Sport. “As expected, Winter Sports Equipment declined in line with the previously communicated low pre-orders, despite our strengthened market position.”

Guess their trouble in winter sports equipment is old news. For the official word and all the numbers click the link.


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Bern Sues Burton, Vans, Amer Sports Over Brims

by The Editors on December 29, 2011

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On December 20, 2011 Duxbury, Massachusetts based helmet manufacturer Bern Unlimited, Inc. filed patent infringement lawsuits against Burton Snowboards, Vans, and Salomon parent company Amer Sports, according to documents filed with the United States District Court District of Massachusetts.

The suits claim that all three companies continue to manufacture products that infringe patent (US D572,865 S) for a helmet with a small brim. The helmets Bern claims are infringing include the Red Mutiny, the Vans Pro-Tec Riot and the Salomon Ghost and Brigade Audio.

In their “Prayer For Relief” Bern lawyers from the Boston, Massachusetts firm Birnbaum & Godkin are requesting that Burton, Vans, and Amer Sports enjoin from further infringement and that Bern Unlimited, Inc. be awarded “damages in an amount to be proven at trial” and “multiple damages, costs and attorneys fees.”

The patent, awarded to Jonathan Baker of Thornton, New Hampshire on July 8, 2008, shows a helmet that looks much like a batting helmet with no ear covers and a shorter brim. It will be interesting to see if lawsuits based on helmet brim length do in court.

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Amer Sports Acquires Nikita Apparel

by The Editors on December 16, 2011

Nikita LogoBonfire and Salomon Snowboards parent Amer Sports announced today that they have purchased the women’s action apparel company Nikita for an undisclosed amount.

“Amer Sports is filled with people who skate, surf and snowboard, and we’ve got great brands with Salomon Snowboards, Bonfire and now, Nikita,” said Brad Steward, Head of Action Sports at Amer. “Nikita will give us a broader portfolio in the area of Action Sports, complementing Salomon snowboards and Bonfire. Amer now has a platform to grow with new consumer groups and bring a broader range of exciting, authentic products to market”.

Nikita Co-Founder Heida Birgitsdottir seems happy about the deal. “We are all really pleased to work with a company that can give our brand and our customers a solid base. As the Head of Design, I’m excited to see what we can create with Amer Sports’ support.”

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Correction: Amer Sports Offices NOT Moving

by The Editors on July 31, 2009

Header-LogoYesterday we linked to a completely erroneous story on a European website involving Salomon and Bonfire’s parent company Amer Sports. Maarit Mikkonen, Communications Manager, for Amer Sports was kind enough to set us straight.

Amer Sports Corporate headquarters is not moving from Finland to Germany. Amer Sports operations in Germany are moving under one roof.

We apologize for unknowingly promoting incorrect information on the site.


Investor Disposes Stake In Amer Sports

by The Editors on July 2, 2009

Header LogoAmer Sports, the parent company of Salomon, Bonfire, and Atomic, just lost one of its larger investors as Novator Finland Oy announced today that it sold its entire 20 percent stake in the company to “institutional investors” at a 15 percent discount vs. Wednesday’s closing price, according to a story on Reuters.

Amer Sports shares were 15.4 percent lower at 7.02 euros 0718 GMT. . . Novator sold its 14.7 million shares at 7 euros each through SEB Enskilda.

Doesn’t exactly sound like a confidence building revelation.

[Link: Reuters]


Amer Sport Not Worried About Sell Off

by The Editors on October 7, 2008

Rumors that Amer Sports‘ largest share holder was selling out of the company were not confirmed today. The parent company of Salomon, Bonfire, and Atomic hasn’t heard anything about the Icelandic investment firm of Novator selling any shares.

“I have not heard anything from Novator that could indicate they would sell their stake,” an Amer spokesman said.

We haven’t heard anything about it either.

[Link: Reuters]


Chip Wilson Slides Back Into Winter

by The Editors on December 9, 2018

Billionaire Westbeach co-founder Chip Wilson (his other little start-up was Lululemon Athletica) has joined forces with Chinese sportswear giant Anta Sports Products Ltd and some others to purchase Finland based Amer Sport, owners of Salomon, AtomicArc’Teryx, Suunto, Mavic, Percor, and Wilson for $5.2 billion, according to a story on Bloomberg.

The consortium, which includes Chinese buyout firm FountainVest Partners, will offer shareholders of Finland’s Amer Sports Oyj 40 euros a share in cash, or about 4.6 billion euros. The deal is the largest struck by a Chinese acquirer for a European asset since China Investment Corp. agreed to buy Logicor Europe for almost $14 billion in June 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Guess Chip just couldn’t stay away from the snow any longer.

[Link: Bloomberg]



Last Week Today News Update

by The Editors on October 15, 2018

Once again, a list of links to some of the stories we wish we had time to read and re-type. Follow the jump for all the details.
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SIA HQ Moves To Park City, Utah

by The Editors on June 9, 2016

SIA_logo-tm.jpgThe SnowSports Industries of America today announced that they are packing up their offices in McLean, Virginia and heading west to shack up near the USSA in Park City, Utah.

“This relocation is a necessary step to keep SIA at the core of our industry and is a strong indicator of the direction we are taking with the organization’s future,” said SIA President Nick Sargent. “This move allows us the ability to be closer to our members and other industry stakeholders, while leveraging the synergies found in a snow sports community to develop new programs and strategies for positive industry growth. In addition to these significant business benefits, having the opportunity to ski and ride the Greatest Snow On Earth is a nice perk.”

Anything that makes anyone’s travel time shorter is a great thing. And having a snow industry association near such amazing snow is even better. Now, if they’d just move the SIA Trade Show with them we’d be even happier. The move will be made in August 2016. For the official word from the SIA, please follow the jump.
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Mike Lawson To Lead Brixton’s US Sales

by The Editors on August 28, 2013

Mike Lawson-1Brixton announced today the appointment of Mike Lawson to the position of Director of U.S. Sales for the Oceanside, California based brand. Lawson, an industry sales vet, was previously national sales manager for the action sports division of Amer Sports, parent company of Salomon, Bonfire, and Nikita, but most know him from his six years at Sole Technology’s Emerica and Altamont.

“We are excited to bring on someone with Mike’s ability to lead our U.S. sales team,” said Brixton co-founder and General Manager Jason Young. “Mike is well respected and comes to us with the knowledge and experience needed to help the continued growth of Brixton.”

Yes, it appears that Lawson’s escape from SoCal is officially over and he’s back in thick of it. Welcome home, Mike! For the official word from Brixton, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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