By  on January 1, 2013

SYDNEY — Billabong International Ltd. has granted due diligence to a consortium led by its executive director and president of the Americas operations, Paul Naudé — and the market is divided as to its prospects.

Shortly after the Gold Coast, Queensland-based surfwear manufacturer announced that Naudé, private-equity group Sycamore Partners Management and Bank of America Merrill Lynch had made a 1.10 Australian dollar a share offer, or $1.14 a share offer, or $1.14 a share at current exchange, valuing the company at just less than 527 million Australian dollars, or $546 million — Billabong stated that it had reviewed the proposal in detail and that due diligence is expected to take up to six weeks.

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