The struggling surfwear chain Billabong has been thrown a lifeline with a new loan and a new chief executive.
The Australian-based firm suffered a A$860m (£507m) loss last year and looked like collapsing. However, it has negotiated a refinancing plan with US-based Centerbridge Partners and Oaktree Capital Management to reduce their repayments.
The agreement gives Billabong a $360m (£224m) loan at 11.9 per cent compared with a previous $275m loan at 15 per cent.
In July, Billabong announced a deal with private-equity firm Altamont Capital Partners and GSO Capital Partners that included a bridge loan for $294m.
Along with the new loan, Neil Fiske, the former boss at US outdoor clothing firm Eddie Bauer, has been named as new chief executive in an attempt to perform a much-needed turnaround.Reuse content