This document studies the acquisition of Rossignol by Quiksilver for several reasons. First, these two companies are working on a sector that affect us directly in order to know the area of recreation and outdoor sports sector, also called as 'outdoor'. Thus this study directly target this market. So it is found to be of particular interest in studying this sector through the study of these two companies and brands they carry.
With a decline of 3 years on the date of purchase of Rossignol by Quiksilver, it is now accepted that the operation was a failure. It was therefore chosen to study the bid, knowing that it was not a success. It seemed just as rewarding to explore an acquisition that did not work, when compared to others that went well. This allows one to ask about the reasons for the failure to understand the process before reaching such a conclusion and thus determine what may be the limits of a merger or acquisition.
After this brief but necessary explanation about the reasons for the choice of subject, now see the scenery amid which the transaction took place. Quiksilver is a US company operating in the midst of outdoor sports. These include sports (mainly water) and urban sports (skateboarding). The brand is thus the benchmark for sport ware. Rossignol, a French company, operates in the field of winter sports: skis, snowboards. Both companies operate in highly competitive markets. Except these few lines of textile companies have never been directly competed against one another.
So with a desire to extend its strategic performance convinced Quiksilver to overtake Rossignol. Quiksilver indeed was not yet on the market of snow. Rossignol's poor market at the time was therefore an opportunity for the US giant to extend its scope to winter sports. On paper, this group seemed like a good deal for one as when compared to that of an another, however many obstacles have stood in front of Quiksilver to carry out the management of its new European business.
An attempt has been made to answer the following question throughout this case: Why the French Company is not successful to advance before the king of American surfing? Initially the study will focus on the takeover itself, stages and the motives of this operation. Then it will examine the reasons that made this operation a failure: how to get there? In the third part it will discuss the different options available to Quiksilver in for best management of the future of the operation.
In 1907, Mr. Abel Rossignol father created in Voiron (Isère) a factorycans and wood products for the textile industry and produced his firstpair of skis in solid wood. In 1911, he founded a branch at its plant for manufacturing of skis, which is distinguished by its competition in several technical and sports scores.
In recent years, the Rossignol Group has strengthened its global supply strategy, all products in the articles of winter sports, provided a strong impetus to new snow and its business and the golfsnowboarding and more recently the development of the textile.
Quiksilver was founded in Torquay in the Australian state of Victoria in 1969 by two surfers Alan Green and John Law. These two founders of the Empire Quicksilver were the first to create a specific garment for surfing: the board short. Soon, the two friends embark on the large-scale manufacturing of their clothing. The prints of Hokusai, a wave with a mountain in the background, is said to be the inspiration for the logo.
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