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QUICKSILVER : Quiksilver, Inc. Secures Improved Financing in the Americas

09/02/2010 | 04:05pm US/Eastern

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) today announced that it had amended and extended its existing asset-based line of credit in the Americas region under substantially better terms. The original credit line with joint lead arrangers Bank of America Merrill Lynch and GE Capital funded on July 31, 2009. Although the company currently has no borrowings under the credit line, interest rates have been reduced by approximately 150 basis points and commitment fees have been reduced by approximately 50 basis points. The revised credit line has a capacity of $150 million and the term has also been extended to cover 4 years, maturing on August 28, 2014.

In announcing its fiscal third quarter earnings today, the Company reported that its total debt at July 31, 2010, had been reduced to approximately $843 million and that it had approximately $167 million of availability under its credit lines in addition to approximately $156 million of unrestricted cash at the end of the third quarter.

Quiksilver has positioned itself for better financing opportunities by dramatically improving its capital structure over the past year. In particular, in early August the company further reduced its debt by $140 million in a debt-for-equity exchange with its investment partner Rhône, leaving Quiksilver with a current debt balance of approximately $700 million.

About Quiksilver:

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, snowboards 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.

The reputation of Quiksilver's brands is based on outdoor action sports. The Company's Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Lib Tech and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

The Company's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores and select department stores. Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.

Forward looking statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements including but not limited to statements regarding the Company's financing activities and other future activities. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Please refer to Quiksilver's SEC filings for more information on the risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, specifically the sections titled ?Risk Factors? and ?Forward-Looking Statements? in Quiksilver's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

NOTE: For further information about Quiksilver, Inc., you are invited to take a look at our world at www.quiksilver.com, www.roxy.com, www.dcshoes.com, www.lib-tech.com and www.hawkclothing.com.

Quiksilver, Inc.
Bruce Thomas
Vice President, Investor Relations

© Business Wire 2010
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