BERLIN: German sportswear maker Adidas said on Monday it had begun to assess strategic alternatives for its U.S.-focused brand Reebok.
“These strategic alternatives include both a potential sale of Reebok as well as Reebok remaining a part of the company,” Adidas said in a statement, adding the decision would be announced on March 10.
Adidas acquired Reebok in 2006. As a result of the successful implementation of the turnaround plan “Muscle Up” initiated in 2016, the brand was able to significantly improve its profitability and returned to the profit zone in 2018, two years earlier than initially planned under “Muscle Up”.
In 2019, Reebok also returned to the growth path. Driven by double-digit growth in its home market North America, global Reebok sales increased by 2% on a currency-neutral basis compared to the previous year.