"During the third quarter, with the help of a leading consulting firm, we conducted a global profitability study across all product categories and geographies. We are still integrating the conclusions into our long-term thinking about the depth and breadth of certain categories and geographies. We are developing a better sense for the cost of a single SKU and expect this work will drive better marginal profitability in the out years and enhance working capital.
"We are acknowledging the Black Diamond and POC brands as our fastest growing assets and worthy of investment to accelerate our organic growth. More specifically, we believe that our Black Diamond apparel and POC lifestyle businesses display extraordinary growth potential and that over time they are likely our most efficient and cost-effective use of capital.
"To help us achieve this strategic pivot, we've retained an executive search firm to find a senior executive leadership candidate that would augment our strategic capabilities in lifestyle brand management and general management, specifically in the areas of apparel, retail and e-commerce.
"As we look out into the future—into 2015 and beyond—we understand and believe that retail and e-commerce will likely drive additional investment. We continue to believe that we can fund these initiatives from our existing balance sheet and from our existing operations. At this time, we have no plans to access the capital markets and we will continue to explore the waterfront of strategic alternatives to facilitate the acceleration of our investment for the future. Ultimately, we expect this rationalization process and product mix shift to manifest itself into healthy, organic growth and improved margins in the out years."Net Operating Loss (NOL) The Company estimates that it has available NOL carryforwards for U.S. federal income tax purposes of approximately $212.3 million. The Company's common stock is subject to a Rights Agreement dated February 7, 2008, intended to assist in limiting the number of 5% or more owners and thus reduce the risk of a possible "change of ownership" under Section 382 of the Code. Any such "change of ownership" under these rules would limit or eliminate the ability of the Company to use its existing NOLs for federal income tax purposes. There is no guaranty, however, that the Rights Agreement will achieve the objective of preserving the value of the NOLs.
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