Top National Stories and the Latest Headlines from SGB Updates across the Active Lifestyle Market during the week of May 18, 2020.

Asics’ Q1 Sales Drop 13.5 Percent
Asics reported a small loss in the first quarter as sales sunk 13.5 percent. In the North American region, first-quarter sales were down 20.0 percent at currency-neutral rates. Read more

Keds Appoints New President | May 22
Keds, a division of Wolverine World Wide Inc., appointed Bornie Del Priore as president. She is currently the global brand president of the Wolverine Worldwide Kids Group, a role she will continue while also serving as the global brand president of Keds. Read More

The Buckle’s Q1 Revenues Fall 42.7 Percent | May 22
The Buckle Inc. announced a net loss for the fiscal quarter ended May 2, of $11.8 million, or 24 cents per share. Revenues were down 42.7 percent. Read more

Under Armour Upsizes And Prices Private Offering Of $440 Million | May 22
Under Armour, Inc. announced that it has priced $440 million aggregate principal amount of its 1.50 percent convertible senior notes due 2024, which represents an increase of $40 million from the offering size previously announced. Read more

Foot Locker Shows Steep Loss In Q1 | May 22
Foot Locker Inc. reported a net loss of $98 million in the first quarter as sales dropped 43.4 percent. Said Richard Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer, “Thanks to the unwavering efforts of our team, we are in the early stages on our road to recovery. Our phased reopening of stores is underway, and our plan is to build, be back and be better than before.” Read more

5.11 Appoints VP Of Global Product | May 22
5.11, Inc., the maker of technical apparel, footwear and gear, hired Matt Page, a former executive at brands like The North Face, Under Armour and Mountain Hardwear, to 5.11’s executive team as VP, global product. Read more

Cotton Council International Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition | May 22
Cotton Council International (CCI) announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Read more

Lululemon Provides Update On Phased Global Store Reopening Plan | May 22
Lululemon Athletica Inc. said it has reopened over 150 store locations across North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia, with approximately 200 additional locations set to reopen over the next two weeks. Read more

Aku Outdoor Expands Sales In Southern States | May 22
Aku, the Italian manufacturer of hiking and trekking boots, announced that The Uber Group has been retained as its sales rep agency to support sales through the Southeast. Read more

›Hummel Replaces Umbro As Everton Sponsor | May 22
Everton, the Premier League Club, agreed to a three-year kit deal with the Danish sportswear company Hummel. Umbro has been the sponsor since 2014. Read more

Ross Stores Posts Steep Loss In Q1 | May 21
Ross Stores Inc. reported a net loss for the 2020 first quarter of $306 million as revenues fell 52.6 percent. (Read More)

Deckers Brands’ Q4 Profits Slide | May 21
Deckers Brands Inc. reported earnings on an adjusted basis were off 35.3 percent as sales slid 4.9 percent. A 51.8 percent hike in Hoka One One sales was unable to offset a 17.9 percent decline at UGG tied to store closures. Read more

SFIA Survey: COVID-19 Hits Industry Hard, Yet Fitness Surges | May 21
Over 70 percent of sports and fitness manufacturers and businesses reported a sales drop of over 25 percent for the month of April (comparing April 2020 sales to April 2019 sales), with 30 percent of respondents reporting a sales drop of over 75 percent, according to SFIA’s COVID-19 Response Survey. However, there were pockets of strength — home fitness equipment and at-home sports equipment sales grew in the same period. Read more

Nike To Let Liverpool End Season With New Balance | May 21
Liverpool, the English Premier League club positioned to win its first title in more than 30 years, reached a settlement with Nike that will allow the team to continue to wear its New Balance kit until the end of the season. Read more

Boot Barn Sees Modest Sales Decline In Q4 | May 21
Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported net earnings fell 34.5 percent in the fourth quarter ended March 28.  Sales decreased by 2.1 percent. Read more

Pop Warner Partners With Super Fan Sports Fundraising | May 21
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, named Super Fan Sports Fundraising as its official fundraising partner through 2022, giving programs an online fundraising option. Read more

TJX’s Q1 Sales Tumble 52.5 Percent | May 21
The TJX Companies Inc. reported a net loss of $887 million, or 74 cents a share, in the first quarter against earnings of $700.2 million, or 57 cents, a year ago. Sales declined 52.5 percent to $4.4 billion from $9.28 billion a year ago. Read more

Canada Goose Lays Off 125 Employees | May 21
Canada Goose Holdings Inc laid off 125 workers, about 2.5 percent of its global workforce, as a measure to cope with the impact on its business from COVID-19. Read more

Macy’s Warns Of $1 Billion Quarterly Loss | May 21
Macy’s Inc. predicted a first-quarter operating loss in the range of $905 million and $1.11 billion as the department store giant was forced to shut stores to slow the spread of the coronavirus. First-quarter sales are expected in the range of $3 billion to $3.03 billion, down from $5.50 billion a year earlier, a decline of 45 percent. Read more

Under Armour To Offer $400 Million Convertible Senior Notes Due 2024 | May 21
Under Armour Inc. announced that it proposes to offer $400 million aggregate principal amount of its convertible senior notes due 2024. Read more

New York Road Runners To Deliver Virtual Experiences On Global Running Day | May 21
New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced its virtual and digital experiences for Global Running Day on June 3. This year’s observance will digitally unite people worldwide to encourage physical wellness, strengthen community and to offer support. Read more

4iiii Innovations Announces Cervélo Co-Founder, Phil White, As Acting President | May 21
4iiii Innovations Inc., the Canadian-based maker of cycling power meters, heart rate monitors and cycling trainers, welcomed Phil White as its acting president. White was the Co-Founder of Cervélo Cycles. Read more

Equinox Holdings’ Debt Rating Lowered | May 21
S&P Global Ratings lowered the debt rating of Equinox Holdings Inc. following the fitness club operator’s closing on an amendment to its partial guarantee on the credit facility of its affiliate company SoulCycle Inc. that will allow it to defer its required repurchase of the affiliate’s debt to February 2021. S&P said it views the move as tantamount to a default. Read more

Decathlon Introduces Scan & Go In Germany | May 21
Decathlon, the world’s largest sporting goods retailer, announced it will roll out a mobile self-checkout solution across its 81 stores in Germany. Read more

Vans Gives Back With An Appreciation Discount | May 21
Vans will be extending its give-back program and offering a 30 percent discount to all first responders in the U.S. to thank them for their dedication and bravery in the fight against COVID-19. Read more

Report: Orlando/Disney World Seen As Frontrunner For NBA’s Return | May 20
Orlando’s Walt Disney World has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to host NBA games if the 2019/20 season resumes this summer. Las Vegas also remains an option. Read more

Shoe Carnival’s Q1 Revenues Drop 42 Percent | May 20
Shoe Carnival Inc. reported a loss of $16.2 million in the first quarter. Revenues fell 41.9 percent as the impact of substantially all stores being closed for approximately 50 percent of the quarter was only partially offset by increased e-commerce sales. As of May 5, over 50 percent of its stores had reopened. Read more

DePaul University Extends Partnership With Nike and BSN Sports | May 20
DePaul University announced that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Nike through BSN Sports to continue to make Nike the official apparel of DePaul Athletics. Read more

Survey: 50 Percent Of Parents Fear Kids Will Get Sick By Returning To Sports | May 20
While most parents of children who participate in organized sports look forward to a return to play, approximately half fear they or their child will get sick when restrictions are lifted due to COVID-19, according to a survey from North Carolina State University, in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, Utah State University and George Mason University. Read more

Eric O’Toole Becomes President North America, Edgewell Personal Care | May 20
Eric O’Toole, most recently GM of Walmart’s Sports & Fitness e-commerce division, has been appointed president North America, Edgewell Personal Care Company. Read more

Play Sports Coalition Applauds ‘Youth Sports And Working Families Relief Act’ | May 20
Congressman Max Rose (D-NY)  introduced the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act (H.R.6912) to Congress, legislation that addresses the mission of the Play Sports Coalition to ensure the institutions connected to youth and local sports survive and thrive coming out of COVID-19. Read more

PGA Shows Cancels In-Person PGA Fashion & Demo Experience | May 20
The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, originally scheduled for August 18-19, 2020, at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas, will instead facilitate business connections through a series of digital programs starting in June with additional online offerings continuing throughout 2020. Read more

Golf Retail Store Openings Jump To 75 Percent | May 20
The percentage of off-course golf specialty stores open to foot traffic jumped from 61 percent to 75 percent last week in the National Golf Foundation’s latest industry-wide survey. On-course pro shops follow closely with 63 percent open, up from 52 percent the prior week. Read more

NFHS Releases Guide For Returning To High School Sports | May 20
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in re-opening high school athletics and other activity programs across the U.S. Higher-risk sports such as football and wrestling were seen presenting more of a concern for transmission of COVID-19 than lower-risk sports like running and golf. Read more

Target’s Same-Store Sales Grew 10.8 Percent | May 20
Target Corp. reported first-quarter comparable sales grew 10.8 percent driven by a 12.5 percent increase in the average basket, as guests made fewer, bigger shopping trips. Store comparable sales increased by 0.9 percent. Digital comparable sales grew 141 percent. Profits slumped 64 percent due to incremental pay and investments in safety measures. Read more

Skullcandy Named A 2020 U.S. Best Managed Company | May 20
Skullcandy Inc., the lifestyle audio brand, was honored with inclusion in the annual list of U.S. Best Managed Companies in 2020. Read more

German Precision Optics Teams With JES Marketing | May 20
German Precision Optics (GPO) USA, engineering, design and development manufacturer of binoculars, riflescopes and rangefinders, announced a partnership with JES Marketing for the western United States. Read more

Nightstick Partners With H&G Marketing To Expand Outdoor Retail Reach | May 20
Nightstick, based in Wylie, TX, announced the selection of H&G Marketing as its new U.S.-focused coast-to-coast marketing agency for the outdoor and sporting goods categories.  Read more

Epix Gear Shifts To American Production | May 20
Colorado-based sports apparel company, Epix Gear, announced the re-storing of its apparel production with the opening of a Made in the USA facility in Tempe, AZ. Read more

L.L.Bean Begins Phased Store Reopenings At Select Locations | May 19
L.L.Bean announced it is beginning to reopen select stores in a phased approach, including limited-capacity shopping and/or curbside pick-up as state guidelines allow. Read more

Sales Of Outdoor And Sports Toys Surge | May 19
Amidst COVID-19, U.S. families are turning to outdoor play to manage social isolation and the cancellation of schools and organized sports. Sales of Outdoor and Sports Toys surged by $193 million during April 2020, a 51 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to NPD. Read more

Registration For 2020 Virtual Edition Of Texworld USA And Apparel Sourcing USA Opens | May 19
Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA announced registration is now open for the premiere of its virtual edition set to go live on July 21-23, 2020. Read more

Dick’s Partners With Lindsey Vonn On Summer Scholarships | May 19
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation partnered with The Lindsey Vonn Foundation (LVF) to donate $195,000 in Summer scholarships. Read more

VF Corp Donates More Than $10.3 Million To COVID-19 Relief Efforts | May 19
VF Corp., The VF Foundation and the VF family of brands, has donated more than $10.3 million in funds, products and services worldwide to stem urgent medical needs and to help those struggling with COVID-19. Read more

Kate Farms Appoints EVP Of Product And Operations | May 19
Kate Farms, manufacturer of plant-based nutrition shakes, appointed Christopher (Casey) Bauer as executive vice president, product and operations. Previously, Bauer was COO at Nutrabolt, a global sports nutrition brand. Read more

PVH Corp. Announces Phased Reopening Of Global Stores | May 19
PVH Corp., owner of a portfolio of brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, released a phased reopening plan for its stores worldwide as the company continues to navigate through COVID-19. Read more

Walmart U.S. Q1 Same-Store Sales Climb 10 Percent | May 19
Walmart reported Q1 comp sales grew 10.0 percent in the first quarter and e-commerce surged 74 percent in its U.S. operations. The quarter included incremental costs related to COVID-19 of nearly $900 million. Read more

Northland Fishing Tackle Taps Gregg Wollner As CEO | May 19
Northland Fishing Tackle announced that industry veteran Gregg Wollner is its new CEO. Wollner has more than 25 years of fishing industry experience at Galyan’s Trading Company and Rapala. Read more

Kohl’s Q1 Sales Tumble 41 Percent | May 19
Kohl’s Corp. reported sales tumbled 40.6 percent in the first quarter to $2.43 billion from $4.09 billion a year ago. The department store operator has taken a series of measures to combat COVID-19 including cutting costs, lowering CAPEX spending by about $500 million, and suspending share buybacks and its quarterly dividend. It ended the quarter with about $2 billion in cash. Read more

Outdoor Brands Invests In Public Lands Defense | May 18
The Conservation Alliance has awarded five grants from the organization’s Public Lands Defense Fund to groups working to defend the Roadless Rule, the National Environmental Policy Act and Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. The awards were funded with the support of Velocio, Patagonia and The North Face. Read more

J.C. Penney Plans To Close 242 Locations | May 18
J.C. Penney, which filed for bankruptcy protection on May 15, plans to close 242, or 29 percent, of its 846 stores over the next two years, according to a filing with the SEC. Read more

Running Industry Association Survey Reveals Brands’ Struggles | May 18
The Running Industry Association (RIA) surveyed key specialty run brands across multiple product categories to create a snapshot of the challenges facing brands during COVID-19, and the results reveal troubling stats for many. Read more

Early Summer Months Looking Grim For Southeast Destinations | May 18
Approximately two months after destination resorts in the Southeast were expected to launch their summer season, widespread uncertainty due to COVID-19 brought destination visits to an almost virtual halt, according to DestiMetrics and Inntopia. Read more

›Footwear Sales Show Steep Decline In April | May 18
Hoka One One and On Running ran counter to the market by generating gains in April despite sharp declines overall due to store closures in response to COVID-19, according to NPD. Read more

Solid Winter Ski Season Ends With A Thud At Western Mountain Resorts | May 18
Six weeks after the winter ski season ended on March 15, in the wake of ski resort closures mandated by COVID-19, mountain destinations “officially” ended the 2019/20 ski season at the end of April. As mountain towns emptied out quickly, lodging properties in six western states ended the season on a disappointing note, according to DestiMetrics in its monthly Market Briefing from Inntopia. Read more

Cycling Sales Surge In First Quarter | May 18
Cycling sales increased 31 percent to $1.3 billion in the first quarter of the year, according to NPD, with more than half of those sales in March attributed to the stay-at-home order mandated by President Trump. Read more

Centric Brands Files For Bankruptcy | May 18
Centric Brands Inc., the apparel and accessories licensing firm, voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to execute a debt restructuring. (Read More)

Monte Rosa Sports Acquires Odlo International | May 18
Monte Rosa Sports Holding has acquired Swiss-based apparel specialist Odlo International and its subsidiaries from Herkules Fund III. Read more

The TJX Cos Moves Annual Meeting To Virtual | May 18
The TJX Cos. Inc. announced that it will hold its 2020 annual meeting of shareholders virtually due to the ongoing public health impact of the COVID-19 and to support the health and safety of the company’s shareholders, associates, directors, and communities. Read more

Major League Soccer And US Youth Soccer Enter Strategic Partnership | May 18
US Youth Soccer (USYS) announced that it has agreed to a strategic partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) in an alliance bolstering player development in the United States. Read more

Dow Appoints Univar Solutions As Exclusive Distributor Of Vorasurf | May 18
Univar Solutions Inc., a global chemical and ingredient distributor, announced that it has been appointed the exclusive distributor of Vorasurf Silicone Polyurethane Additives from Dow across North America. Read more

Nike And Adidas Among J.C. Penney’s Top Unsecured Trade Creditors | May 18
Nike was left with an unpaid bill of $32.1 million in the bankruptcy of J.C. Penney, according to court documents. Other firms in the active lifestyle space landing on the list of the Top 50 unsecured creditors included Adidas, owed $7.1 million; Supreme International, $5 million; Izod, $4.6 million; and New Balance, $3.2 million. Read more

Under Armour Names Mohamed A. El-Erian As Lead Independent Director | May 18
Under Armour, Inc. announced that Mohamed A. El-Erian, a board member since 2018, has been appointed lead independent director of the company’s Board of Directors. El-Erian succeeds A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, who has served in the lead director role since 2006. Read more

Spalding Responds To NBA Sponsorship Change | May 18
Spalding said it remains committed to the sport of basketball despite news that its long sponsorship of the NBA as the official game ball will soon end. Read more

Thin Air Virtual Media Show Invites Retailers To Register | May 18
Thin Air, the new virtual trade show for the outdoor industry to be held from June 24 to 26, has opened up registration to outdoor specialty retailers. Read more

The Big Gear Show Postpones Inaugural Event To 2021 | May 18
The Big Gear Show (BGS), an outdoor industry trade show focused on hardgoods with an emphasis on paddling, cycling, climbing, and camping gear, announced the cancellation of its inaugural event, originally planned for July 22 to 25 in Salt Lake City, UT.  Read more

Michael Phelps Foundation Expands Children’s Mental Health Program | May 18
The Michael Phelps Foundation (MPF) and Panasonic Corporation of North America (Panasonic) announced the expansion of the IM Program offering to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through the organization’s commitment of more than $100,000 in grants to provide social-emotional curricula as children return to clubhouses across the nation. Read more

California’s Fitness Industry Unites To Bring Jobs And Fitness Back | May 18
Members of California’s fitness industry have joined together to form the California Fitness Alliance (CFA) with the goal of safely and responsibly initiating the reopening of clubs and fitness facilities throughout the state. Read more

Baffin, Salomon, ENDVR.io, And More Join Forces To Launch The Shop Local Project | May 18
Baffin, Salomon, ENDVR.io, and many more in the retail industry have come together to support independent specialty retailers facing COVID-19 through a not-for-profit initiative, The Shop Local Project. Read more

›Kind Bar Founder Invests In Yellow Leaf Hammocks | May 18
Daniel Lubetzky, founder of Kind snack bar, made a $1 million investment in Yellow Leaf Hammocks. The investment was revealed on the “Shark Tank” television show’s season finale, which aired on May 15. Read more

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