In July 2017, the Company purchased the 50% ownership interest in Iconix Canada owned by its joint venture partner for $19.0 million plus 50% of the net asset value of Iconix Canada (which was approximately $2.2 million), in cash, of which $9.0 million was paid at closing and the remaining $10.0 million will be paid over a two-year period through the Company’s distributions from its 51% interest in the Buffalo brand joint venture. The Company also paid 50% of the estimated net asset value of Iconix Canada at closing, subject to a post-closing reconciliation based on 50% of the actual net asset value of Iconix Canada. Additionally, as a part of this transaction, the remaining outstanding purchase price installment payment of $2.9 million due from the Company’s joint venture partner, in respect of such partner’s interest in the joint venture at inception was paid to the Company. As a result of this transaction, the Company maintains 100% ownership interest in Iconix Canada.
In December 2009, the Company contributed substantially all rights to its brands in the European Territory (defined as all member states and candidate states of the European Union and certain other European countries) to Iconix Europe LLC, a then newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“Iconix Europe”). Also in December 2009 and shortly after the formation of Iconix Europe, an investment group led by The Licensing Company and Albion Equity Partners LLC purchased a 50% interest in Iconix Europe through Brand Investments Vehicles Group 3 Limited (“BIV”), to assist the Company in developing, exploiting, marketing and licensing the Company’s brands in the European Territory. In consideration for its 50% interest in Iconix Europe, BIV agreed to pay $4.0 million, of which $3.0 million was paid upon closing of this transaction in December 2009 and the remaining $1.0 million of which was paid in January 2011.
At inception and prior to the January 2014 transaction described below, the Company determined, in accordance with ASC 810, based on the corporate structure, voting rights and contributions of the Company and BIV, that Iconix Europe is not a VIE and was not subject to consolidation. The Company had recorded its investment under the equity method of accounting.
In January 2014, the Company consented to the purchase of BIV’s 50% ownership interest in Iconix Europe by GBG. In exchange for this consent, the Company recorded a $1.5 million receivable due from GBG. As a result of this transaction, the Company recorded revenue of $1.5 million, which is included in licensing revenue in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations for FY 2014. In addition, the Company acquired an additional 1% equity interest in Iconix Europe from GBG, and amended the operating agreement (herein referred to as the “IE Operating Agreement”) thereby increasing its ownership in Iconix Europe to a controlling 51% interest and reducing its preferred profit distribution from Iconix Europe to $3.0 million after which all profits and losses are recognized 51/49 in accordance with each principal’s membership interest percentage. In October 2017, the Company received the remaining $0.9 million of the total $1.5 million receivable due from GBG.
ASC Topic 810 affirms that consolidation is appropriate when one entity has a controlling financial interest in another entity. As a result of this transaction, the Company owns a 51% membership interest in Iconix Europe compared to the minority owner’s 49% membership interest. Further, the Company believes that the voting and veto rights of the minority shareholder are merely protective in nature and do not provide the minority shareholder with substantive participating rights in Iconix Europe. As such, Iconix Europe is subject to consolidation with the Company, which is reflected in the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2016.
Pursuant to the IE Operating Agreement, for a period following the fifth anniversary of the January 2014 transaction and again following the eighth anniversary of the January 2014 transaction, the Company has a call option to purchase, and GBG has a put option to initiate the Company’s purchase of GBG’s 49% equity interests in Iconix Europe for a calculated amount as described below.
Five-Year and Eight-Year Put/Call Options: At any time during the six month period commencing January 13, 2019, and again at any time during the six month period commencing January 13, 2022, GBG may deliver a put notice to the Company, and the Company may deliver a call notice to GBG, in each case, for the Company’s purchase of all equity in the joint venture held by GBG. In the event of the exercise of such put or call rights, the purchase price for GBG’s equity in Iconix Europe is an amount equal to (x) the Agreed Value (in the event of GBG’s put) or (y) 120% of Agreed Value (in the event of an Iconix call). The purchase price is payable in cash.
Agreed Value-Five-Year Put/Call: (i) (x) percentage of Iconix Europe owned by GBG, multiplied by (y) 5.5, multiplied by (z) the greater of aggregate royalty generated by Iconix Europe for the year ended December 31, 2013 and the year ended December 31, 2018; plus (ii) percentage of Iconix Europe owned by GBG multiplied by the aggregate amount of cash in Iconix Europe which is available for distribution to the members.
Agreed Value-Eight-Year Put/Call: (i) (x) percentage of Iconix Europe owned by GBG, multiplied by (y) 5.5, multiplied by (z) the greater of aggregate royalty generated by Iconix Europe for the year ended December 31, 2013 and the year ended December 31, 2021; plus (ii) percentage of Iconix Europe owned by GBG multiplied by the aggregate amount of cash in Iconix Europe which is available for distribution to the members.