This article originally appeared on Outside
October's stock performance in the outdoor industry was far less scary than in previous months, with most companies on our list posting overall gains. In September, all of the 28 companies we track lost ground; this month, 18 saw upticks. The trend matches other major indexes--the Dow had its best October since 1976, after clawing back nearly 14 percent of its value to end the month with a 4 percent gain. Our index, similarly, rose 13 percent, finishing at 2.53 percent over September.
The picture wasn't without dark spots. Adidas made international headlines when it dropped a certain performer--and took a $246 million hit in doing so. Its stock dropped 15 percent by month-end as a result.
A growing GDP, measures to tamp down inflation, and a slight increase in consumer spending have given the volatile economy a little relief, and as the country enters into the major holiday spending months, there's reason to hope that 2022 will end on a staid uptick.
Here's a closer look at what happened in October.
Outdoor Index Compared to Other Indices: October 2022
OBJ Outdoor Index
Of the 28 public companies we track, most saw much better numbers in October. These are the companies that saw the largest leaps:
Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO): 19.41%
Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI): 17.83%
Fenix Outdoor International AG (STO: FOI-B): 14.98%
And here are the companies that saw the biggest declines last month:
ANTA Sports Products Ltd. (OTC: ANPDY): -16.64%
Adidas AG (OTC: ADDYY): -15.07%
Clarus Corp. (Nasdaq: CLAR): -10.10%
Tracking Our Monthly Outdoor Index
Below is our Outdoor Index for October 2022. The index shows how 28 public corporations--mostly parent companies of outdoor brands, with a couple of retailers, a ski resort giant, and a trade show operator included as well--performed in the calendar month.
The chart includes the companies' share prices at the close of the last business day of the previous month (Sept. 30), their share price at the close of the last business day of the tracked month (Oct. 31), and the percent change during that period.
The Outdoor Index, unlike other indices such as the Dow, doesn't use a market-cap weighting system.
Foreign companies' shares are presented here in U.S. dollars and designated as OTC (over-the-counter) securities since they aren't listed on U.S. stock exchanges. Two exceptions are Dometic Group AB and Fenix Outdoor International Group, whose share prices can be found only on Nasdaq Stockholm and are represented as U.S. currency converted from the Swedish krona.
Underneath the stock chart are capsules on each of the companies of the Outdoor Index, including headquarters location, connections to the outdoor industry (if not immediately obvious), key executives, and recent editorial coverage in Outside, where applicable.
Outdoor Index: October 2022
ANTA Sports Products Ltd.
Camping World Holdings Inc.
Canada Goose Holdings Inc.
Canadian Tire Corp.
Columbia Sportswear Co.
Deckers Outdoor Corp.
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc.
Dometic Group AB*
Emerald Holding Inc.
Fenix Outdoor International AG*
Helen of Troy Ltd.
Johnson Outdoors Inc.
Newell Brands Inc.
On Holding AG
Samsonite International SA
Solo Brands, Inc.
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp.
Thule Group AB
Vail Resorts Inc.
Vista Outdoor Inc.
Wolverine World Wide Inc.
Yeti Holdings Inc.
Outdoor Index Total
*Currency converted from Swedish krona
OBJ Outdoor Index: Company Guide
Adidas AG (OTC: ADDYY)
Headquarters: Herzogenaurach, Germany (U.S. operation is based in Portland, Oregon)
Outdoor connection: While Adidas might be known for its athletic apparel, the company also possesses some core outdoor DNA through its Portland, Oregon-based Adidas Terrex and Five Ten brands.
Key executives: Kasper Rorsted, CEO; Carla Murphy, GM, Adidas Outdoor
ANTA Sports Products Ltd. (OTC: ANPDY)
Headquarters: Xiamen, China (subsidiary Amer Sports is based in Helsinki, Finland, and its U.S. operation is based in Ogden, Utah)
Outdoor connection: ANTA is the owner of Amer Sports and its portfolio of outdoor and snow sports brands -- Salomon, Arc'teryx, Armada Skis, and Atomic.
Key executives: Jie Zheng, CEO, Amer Sports
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG)
Headquarters: Carlsbad, California
Outdoor connection: Though primarily a golf manufacturer and now the owner of Topgolf, the company made a big play in the outdoor space in late 2018 with the acquisition of European outdoor brand Jack Wolfskin.
Key executives: Oliver Brewer, President and CEO, Callaway; Richard Collier, CEO, Jack Wolfskin; Diana Seung, GM, Jack Wolfskin North America
Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CWH)
Headquarters: Lincolnshire, Illinois
Key executives: Marcus Lemonis, CEO
Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GOOS)
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Outdoor connection: In addition to its eponymous apparel brand, Canada Goose owns and operates footwear brand Baffin.
Key executives: Dani Reiss, CEO
Canadian Tire Corp. (OTC: CDNAF)
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Outdoor connection: CTC boasts an iconic outdoor brand, Helly Hansen, in its portfolio. (It also operates a chain of sporting goods retail stores throughout Canada.)
Key executives: Paul Stoneham, CEO, Helly Hansen (departing)
Clarus Corp. (Nasdaq: CLAR)
Headquarters: Salt Lake City, Utah
Outdoor connection: Clarus is a holding company whose flagship outdoor brand is Black Diamond Equipment. Clarus also owns Rhino-Rack, Pieps, SKINourishment plus two bullet manufacturers.
Key executives: John Walbrecht, President
Columbia Sportswear Co. (Nasdaq: COLM)
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon
Outdoor connection: In addition to the Columbia brand, the Portland-based apparel and footwear giant includes Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and SOREL in its portfolio.
Key executives: Timothy Boyle, CEO
Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI)
Headquarters: Westport, Connecticut
Outdoor connection: Long known for its hook-and-bullet assets, CODI added a big outdoor name in the fall of 2020 with the acquisition of BOA Technology Inc.
Key executives: Shawn Neville, CEO, BOA Technology
Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK)
Headquarters: Goleta, California
Outdoor connection: Deckers is a major player in outdoor and active footwear with such brands as Hoka One One, Teva, Sanuk, and Ugg.
Key executives: Wendy Yang, President, performance lifestyle brands
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE: DKS)
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Outdoor connection: The sporting goods retail giant recently launched an outdoor store concept called Public Lands, led by industry veteran Todd Spaletto.
Key executives: Lauren Hobart, President and CEO; Todd Spaletto, President, Public Lands
Dometic Group AB (STO: DOM.ST)
Headquarters: Stockholm, Sweden
Outdoor connection: The Swedish-based company manufactures accessories for mobile-living end markets such as campers and RVs, and it recently acquired Igloo Products Corp.
Key executives: Juan Vargues, President and CEO
Emerald Holding Inc. (NYSE: EEX)
Headquarters: San Juan Capistrano, California
Outdoor connection: Emerald is the owner and operator of the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer and Surf Expo trade shows
Key executives: Herve Sedky, CEO
Fenix Outdoor International AG (OTC: FNXTF)
Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland (U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Colorado)
Outdoor connection: The Swiss company's outdoor brands include Fjallraven, Royal Robbins, and Primus.
Key executives: Martin Nordin, CEO; Nathan Dopp, CEO Americas
Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN)
Headquarters: Schaffhausen, Switzerland (U.S. headquarters in Olathe, Kansas)
Key executives: Clifton Pemble, President and CEO
GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO)
Headquarters: San Mateo, California
Key executives: Nick Woodman, CEO
Helen of Troy Ltd. (Nasdaq: HELE)
Headquarters: El Paso, Texas
Outdoor connection: Among its many consumer brands is Hydro Flask, the maker of insulated and stainless steel drinkware, and Osprey.
Key executives: Julien Mininberg, CEO
Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT)
Headquarters: Racine, Wisconsin
Outdoor connection: The company owns two outdoor brands (Eureka and Jetboil) and two watercraft brands (Old Town and Ocean Kayak).
Key executives: Helen P. Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO
On Holding AG (NYSE: ONON)
Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
Outdoor connection: The running shoe brand recently went public, pricing its IPO of 31.1 million shares at $24 a share--up from its initial expectations--for an initial raise of $746 million.
Key executives: Martin Hoffmann, Co-CEO and CFO, Marc Maurer, Co-CEO, and Olivier Bernhard, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Newell Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: NWL)
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
Outdoor connection: The company's core outdoor brands are Marmot and Coleman (and there is some crossover into outdoor with its other consumer brands Contigo, Ex Officio, and Stearns)
Key executives: Ravi Saligram, CEO
Samsonite International SA (OTC: SMSEY)
Headquarters: Hong Kong
Outdoor connection: The luggage giant owns outdoor pack and bag brands Gregory Mountain Products and High Sierra
Key executives: John Sears, VP, Gregory
Solo Brands, Inc. (NYSE: DTC)
Headquarters: Southlake, TX
Outdoor Connection: The growing specialty company owns Solo Stove, Oru Kayak, Chubbies and water sports company Isle.
Key Executives: John Merris, CEO; Samuel Simmons, CFO
Thule Group AB (OTC: THUPY)
Headquarters: Malmo, Sweden
Outdoor connection: The Swedish maker of Thule car racks, luggage, and baby strollers recently got into car-top campers with its purchase of Tepui.
Key executives: Magnus Welander, CEO; Hilary Hartley, President Americas
Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Headquarters: Broomfield, Colorado
Outdoor connection: In addition to being the largest ski resort operator in the world, Vail also operates massive lodging and retail operations.
Key executives: Kirsten Lynch, CEO
VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC)
Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
Outdoor connection: One of the biggest, most influential corporations in the outdoor industry, VF Corporation owns and operates an "outdoor" portfolio of The North Face, Altra, Icebreaker, Smartwool, Timberland, and an "active" portfolio of Eastpak, JanSport, and Vans.
Key executives: Steve Rendle, CEO
Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO)
Headquarters: Anoka, Minnesota
Outdoor connection: Vista did some rightsizing of its portfolio in recent years by shedding its firearms assets and acquiring new brands in the outdoor and shooting sports spaces. Its outdoor portfolio now consists of CamelBak, Camp Chef, Bell, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, and Venor.
Key executives: Christopher Metz, CEO
Recent OBJ coverage: Vista Outdoor to Split Into Two Companies
Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW)
Headquarters: Rockford, Michigan
Outdoor connection: Another of the big footwear players, Wolverine owns and operates such outdoor brands as Merrell and Chaco, while other brands include Wolverine, Saucony, and Cat Footwear.
Key executives: Blake Krueger, CEO
Yeti Holdings Inc. (NYSE: YETI)
Headquarters: Austin, Texas
Key executives: Matthew Reintjes, President and CEO
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