Billabong’s annual documents (which you can see here and here) provides us with a superlative opportunity to look at the nexus of a company’s strategy and its operating environment. The conference call transcript was also worth reading, but it seems to have disappeared from their web site. I can send anybody who wants it a copy.
Of course I’ll spew forth all sorts of numbers (in Australian dollars). But I want to look at those numbers in terms of the evolution of Billabong’s strategy, the impact of external factors, and some operational initiatives which, given the operating environment, are going to have a lot to do with Billabong’s future performance.