In March 2009, the Company, through its investment in Scion, effectively acquired a 16.6% interest in one of its licensees, Roc Apparel Group LLC (“RAG”), whose principal owner is Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, for nominal consideration. The Company had determined that this entity is a VIE as defined by ASC 810. However, the Company was not the primary beneficiary of this entity. The investment in this entity was accounted for under the cost method of accounting. Subsequent to March 2009, this investment in RAG was assigned from Scion to the Company. From March 2009 through January 2014, the Company and its partner contributed approximately $11.8 million to Scion, which was deposited as cash collateral under the terms of RAG’s financing agreements. In June 2010, $3.3 million was released from collateral and distributed to the Scion members equally. In July 2014, the lender under such financing arrangement made a cash collateral call, reducing the Company’s restricted cash by $8.5 million. In FY 2014, the Company recorded a $2.7 million charge to reduce this receivable to $5.8 million. RAG caused such amount to be repaid pursuant to a binding term sheet dated April 2015, which resulted in a final agreement on July 6, 2015, between the Company and the managing member of RAG. In connection therewith, on July 6, 2015, the Company sold its 16.6% interest in RAG to an affiliate of Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter for nominal consideration and purchased the remaining 50% interest in Scion for $6.0 million, which effectively increased its interest in Artful Holdings LLC to 100%. In accordance with ASC 810, the Company increased additional paid-in capital by $0.8 million to reflect its 100% ownership in Scion.
In July 2016, the Company executed an agreement with MH Umbro International Co. Limited (MHMC) to sell up to an aggregate 50% interest in a newly registered company in Hong Kong which holds the Umbro intellectual property in respect of the Greater China territory for total cash consideration of $25.0 million. The acquisition of such equity is expected to occur over a four-year period. As stipulated in the agreement, on each anniversary subsequent to the close of the transaction, MHMC will pay a portion of the total cash consideration to the Company in return for a percentage of the total potential 50% equity interest. In July 2016, the Company received $2.5 million in cash from MHMC for a 5% interest in Umbro China. In accordance with ASC 810, the Company has recorded noncontrolling interest of $1.8 million for the sale of 5% interest in Umbro China to MHMC and the corresponding gain associated with the sale of this interest is recorded in additional paid in capital on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet.
Pursuant to the Shareholder Agreement entered into in connection with the formation of Umbro China, each of MHMC and the Company holds specified call rights to purchase its partners’ ownership interest in the joint venture as described below.
If at any time after June 2036, both Iconix and MHMC hold shares in Umbro China, either shareholder (Initiating Shareholder) may provide written notice (Call Option Notice) to the other shareholder of its election to purchase all shares held by such shareholder at the date of the Call Option Notice and at a price per share as stated in the Call Option Notice.
Within ten (10) business days after receipt of a Call Option Notice, the other shareholder may provide written notice (Purchase Option Notice) to the Initiating Shareholder of its election to purchase all shares held by the Initiating Shareholder at the price per share set forth in the Call Option Notice, at which point the Call Option Notice shall become null and ineffective as if it was not issued or served.
In October 2016, the Company entered into an agreement with Li-Ning (China) Sports Goods Co., Ltd. (“LiNing”) to sell up to a 50% interest (and no less than a 30% interest) in its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Danskin China Limited (“Danskin China”), a new Hong Kong registered company, which holds the Danskin trademarks and related assets in respect of mainland China and Macau. LiNing’s purchase of the equity interest in Danskin China is expected to occur over a three-year period commencing on March 31, 2019 (the “First Closing”) for cash consideration of $5.4 million. The aggregate cash consideration paid by Li Ning for its ownership of Danskin China may, based on the percentage interest in Danskin China that Li Ning elects to purchase on each anniversary of the First Closing, increase to up to $8.6 million.
In March 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with Photosynthesis Holdings, Co. Ltd. (“PHL”) to sell up to no less than a 50% interest and up to a total of 60% interest in its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Starter China Limited, a newly registered Hong Kong subsidiary of Iconix China (“Starter China”), and which will hold the Starter trademarks and related assets in respect of the Greater China territory. PHL’s purchase of the initial 50% equity interest in Starter China is expected to occur over a three-year period commencing on January 15, 2020 for cash consideration of $20.0 million. The additional 10% equity interest (for a total equity interest of 60% interest) purchase right of PHL is expected to occur over a three-year period commencing January 16, 2022 for cash consideration equal to the greater of $2.7 million or 2.5 times the royalty received under the respective license agreement in the previous twelve months based on other terms and conditions specified in the share purchase agreement.