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Billabong To Acquire Nixon Watch Brand

DECEMBER 23, 2005 -- Billabong International Limited entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Nixon Inc, a leader in the premium watch and accessories boardsports market.

Nixon is a California-based, closely-held corporation founded by Andy Laats and Chad DiNenna.

“Since its inception in 1997 Nixon has been a very focused watch brand with great product, great people and tight distribution through the core surf, skate, snow and fashion channels,” said Billabong International Limited chief executive Derek O’Neill. “Nixon founders Andy Laats and Chad DiNenna have demonstrated their ability to establish and grow an authentic brand and the business is an excellent fit within the Billabong group.”

Billabong USA President Paul Naude said, “The passion from Andy and Chad flows throughout the brand and its people and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work closely with them to help Nixon realize its enormous potential.”

“The Billabong group has a lot to offer; the character of their leadership, our shared vision of Nixon’s future and their expertise in the specialty markets make them the perfect choice,” said Laats.

It is anticipated that Nixon, a youth-inspired premium watch and accessories business distributed in some 30 countries, will contribute in the range of 5 to 6 per cent of Billabong International’s group sales in the 2006-07 financial year. Consistent with Billabong’s general philosophy, both founders will continue running the business. Laats will remain as President and DiNenna will continue to direct global marketing efforts.

The purchase price comprises an initial payment estimated at $ 54.6 million (approximately Australia $73 million) and a conditional maximum deferred amount calculated as the greater of an estimated $18.2 million (approximately A$24 million) or 2.25 times 2010 EBITDA.

The purchase is conditional on approval by Nixon’s shareholders and clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti Trust Improvement Act.  It is anticipated that the outcome of these conditions will be known around the end of January 2006. USBX Advisory Service, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Nixon on this transaction.


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