If you had to guess, what would you say was the worst performing company — in terms of share price — in the S&P/ASX 200 index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) in the last 12 months?
Among my colleagues, guesses included Maverick Drilling & Exploration (ASX: MAD), the Texas-based oil exploration and production company, and Silver Lake Resources (ASX: SLR), the gold miner.
Both were good guesses. Maverick, a promising high flier hitting share-market turbulence, and Silver Lake, affected by concerns around the falling price of gold, are some of the last 12 month’s worst performers, as shown in the chart below.
But the worst performer of all has been Billabong (ASX: BBG). The tumult in the takeover bidding process for this surfwear company have seen the share price dive over 80%, as several would-be bidders have withdrawn after reviewing the company’s accounts.
Billabong is currently in a 10-day review period with U.S. private equity firm Sycamore Partners. Yet, as The Australian Financial Review has reported, “The surfwear and board sports company, which owns brands such as RVCA, Nixon and DaKine, warned there is no guarantee that the transaction will proceed. It added that both parties had been working ‘constructively and with the utmost cooperation’ to progress the quality of earnings report and the potential transaction.”
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