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ICONIX BRAND GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/28/2019
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Agreed Value—Eight-Year Put/Call: (i) Percentage of Iconix Middle East owned by GBG, multiplied by (b) 5.5, multiplied by (iii) aggregate royalty generated by Iconix Middle East for the year ending December 31, 2022; provided, however, that the Agreed Value cannot be less than $12.0 million.

T he Company serves as Iconix Middle East’s administrative manager, responsible for arranging for or providing back-offices services, including legal maintenance of trademarks (e.g. renewal of trademark registrations) for the brands in respect of Iconix Middle East Territory. Further Iconix Middle East has access to general brand marketing materials prepared and owned by the Company to refit for use by the joint venture in marketing brands in the Middle East Territory. GBG serves as Iconix Middle East’s local manager, responsible for providing market experience in respect of the applicable territory, managing the joint venture on a day-to-day basis (other than back-office services), identifying potential licensees and assisting the Company in enforcement of license agreements in respect of the applicable territory. The Company receives a monthly fee in connection with the performance of its services as administrative manager in an amount equal to 5% of Iconix Middle East’s gross revenue collected in the prior month (other than in respect of the Umbro and Lee Cooper brands). GBG receives a monthly fee in connection with the performance of its services as local manager in an amount equal to 15% of Iconix Middle East’s gross revenue collected in the prior month (other than in respect of the Umbro and Lee Cooper brands). In addition, following the closing of GBG’s purchase of 50% of Iconix Middle East, GBG received from the Company $3.1 million for expenses related to its diligence and market analysis in the Iconix Middle East Territory, which reduced the cash received by the Company in relation to this transaction as of December 31, 2014.

In December 2016, the Company irrevocably exercised its call right to acquire an additional 5% equity interest in Iconix Middle East from GBG for total cash consideration of $1.8 million.  After taking into effect this transaction and as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s ownership interest in Iconix Middle East effectively increased to 55%.  Such acquisition closed in February 2017.  In addition to the increase in ownership interest, the joint venture agreement gives the Company the sole discretion and power to direct the activities of the Iconix Middle East joint venture that most significantly impact the joint venture’s economic performance.  As a result of this transaction, the Company continues to consolidate this joint venture in its consolidated financial statements in accordance with ASC 810.  

The Company determined, in accordance with ASC 810, based on the corporate structure, voting rights and contributions of the Company and GBG, that Iconix Middle East is a variable interest entity (VIE) and, as the Company has been determined to be the primary beneficiary, is subject to consolidation. The Company has consolidated this joint venture within its consolidated financial statements since inception.  The liabilities of the VIE are not material and none of the VIE assets are encumbered by any obligation of the VIE or other entity.

LC Partners U.S.

In March 2014, the Company formed LC Partners US, LLC (“LCP”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and contributed to it substantially all its rights to the Lee Cooper brand in the US through an agreement with LCP. Shortly thereafter, Rise Partners, LLC (“Rise Partners”), purchased a 50% interest in LCP for $4.0 million, of which $0.8 million in cash was received during FY 2014, with the remaining $3.2 million to be paid in four equal annual installments on the first through the fourth anniversaries of the closing date. This obligation was fully satisfied as part of the Company’s purchase of the remaining 50% interest in LCP from Rise Partners as discussed below.

In December 2016, the Company entered into an agreement with Rise Partners whereby the Company purchased the remaining 50% interest of LCP for a total consideration of $3.3 million.  After taking in to effect this transaction, the Company maintains 100% ownership interest in LCP.

 

Iconix Israel Joint Venture

In November 2013, the Company formed Iconix Israel. LLC (“Iconix Israel”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and contributed substantially all rights to its wholly-owned and controlled brands in the State of Israel and the geographical regions of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (together, the “Israel Territory”) through an agreement with Iconix Israel. Shortly thereafter, M.G.S. Sports Trading Limited (“MGS”) purchased a 50% interest in Iconix Israel for approximately $3.3 million. MGS paid $1.0 million in cash upon the closing of the transaction and committed to pay an additional $2.3 million over the 36-month period following closing. This obligation was fully paid in FY 2017.  

Pursuant to the operating agreement entered into in connection with the formation of Iconix Israel, the Company holds a call right, exercisable at any time during the six month period following November 14, 2015, on 5% of the total outstanding shares in Iconix Israel held by MGS. The purchase price payable in connection with the Company’s exercise of its call option is an amount equal to (i) .05, multiplied by (ii) 6.5, multiplied by (iii) gross cash or property received by Iconix Israel from all sources.

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