Billabong sells DaKine to pay debt

Pressured surfwear retailer Billabong has sold another of its brands and completed a $325 million bridge loan to pay off looming debts.

Pressured surfwear retailer Billabong has sold another of its brands and completed a $325 million bridge loan to pay off looming debts.

DaKine, a maker of backpacks, luggage and outerwear for snowboard, skiing, surfing and skating, was sold to US private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners for $70 million.

It is the second brand sold by Billabong in 15 months; it offloaded a 48.5 per cent stake in Nixon accessories in April 2012.

The DaKine sale was part of a rescue deal between Billabong and Altamont, which could result in Altamont holding a 40 per cent stake in the retailer.

Altamont's loan to Billabong, which attracts a 12 per cent annual interest rate, was drawn down on Friday, allowing Billabong to repay a $289 million debt.

Altamont has also nominated two new directors to the Billabong board, who will stand for election at the retailer's annual meeting in October.

As a condition of the deal with Altamont, Billabong chief executive Launa Inman stood down after 14 months with the company, and has been replaced by Scott Olivet, the former Oakley boss.

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