EXEC: Amer Sports Files for U.S. IPO

The parent of Wilson, Salomon, Arc-Teryx, and other sports and outdoor brands, filed for a long-expected U.S. initial public offering. In its prospectus, Amer touted the benefits of its “Transformation” program following its 2019 acquisition by an Anta Sports-led investor group that led to a brand-direct model, rapidly owned store expansion and accelerated growth in China.

SGB 2023 Year In Review: Executive Shuffle

New CEOs at Academy Sports, Adidas, Asics, Gap, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, VF Corp., Vista Outdoor, and Wolverine Worldwide headlined the C-suite moves that transformed leadership across the active lifestyle space in 2023.

EXEC: Report Finds Troubling Core Participation Trend in Team Sports

SFIA’s recently released U.S. Trends In Team Sports Report noted that participation in 16 of 23 team sports tracked by the Association has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, and only one sport, soccer, showed Core Participation gains in the 2019-2022 period. However, the SFIA report offered more encouraging findings in team sports trends.

EXEC: Former Giants Star Carl Banks Plots Starter’s Comeback for G-III Sports

Starter, the U.S. apparel manufacturer whose satin jacket was once a fixture in the 1990s on pro team sidelines and music videos, is readying a large-scale comeback with the help of nostalgia, on-trend product and expanded rights with major league teams. Carl Banks, president of G-III Sports, talked with SGB Executive about the brand’s resurgence.

EXEC: Nike Scores Two Analyst Upgrades

Citi raised its rating on Nike to “Buy” from “Neutral,” while Barclays gave Nike its “2024 Best Idea” recommendation. Both investment firms cited the potential for Nike to have a margin recovery and brand innovation tied to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

EXEC: Craft North America CEO Talks Gaining Traction in Run Footwear

In late November, Craft Sportswear announced plans for a phased relocation of its North American headquarters to Seattle, WA, in 2024 to bolster the brand’s expansion into outdoor and specialty retail and its recent entry into running footwear in the U.S. Craft North America CEO Eric Schenker talked with SGB Executive about Craft Sportswear’s heritage, the run footwear opportunity, and why the CEO has chosen not to move to Seattle.

EXEC: Lululemon’s Tepid Holiday Guidance Overshadows Strong Q3

Lululemon Athletica, Inc. lifted its overall full-year outlook after earnings and sales in the third quarter ended October 29 topped guidance for the third straight quarter but also forecast fourth-quarter guidance that came in lighter than expected in an apparent sign to investors of a potential sales slowdown.