We hate to pollute our opinions with actual news because that sounds a lot like real reporting. And once you start down that slippery slope you better have crampons and an ice axe. But here you go, straight from the wire:
"05.10.2010 – Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., a global leader in the climbing and freeride ski markets, today enters a transaction with Clarus Corporation to take the company public and simultaneously merge the operations of Gregory Mountain Products into a new operational platform."
Frankly we were surprised that the dismal state of the economy didn't result in more mergers and acquisition activity in the outdoor products sector the past couple years, but hey, we're not paid to be rocket surgeons either. In fact we're not paid, period. Dammit!