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ICONIX BRAND GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/28/2019
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7. Fair Value Measurements

ASC Topic 820 “Fair Value Measurements”, which the Company adopted on January 1, 2008, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and requires expanded disclosures about fair value measurement. While ASC 820 does not require any new fair value measurements in its application to other accounting pronouncements, it does emphasize that a fair value measurement should be determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. As a basis for considering market participant assumptions in fair value measurements, ASC 820 established the following fair value hierarchy that distinguishes between (1) market participant assumptions developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity (observable inputs) and (2) the reporting entity’s own assumptions about market participant assumptions developed based on the best information available in the circumstances (unobservable inputs):

Level 1: Observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets

Level 2: Other inputs that are observable directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities or market-corroborated inputs

Level 3: Unobservable inputs for which there is little or no market data and which requires the owner of the assets or liabilities to develop its own assumptions about how market participants would price these assets or liabilities

The valuation techniques that may be used to measure fair value are as follows:

(A) Market approach—Uses prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving identical or comparable assets or liabilities

(B) Income approach—Uses valuation techniques to convert future amounts to a single present amount based on current market expectations about those future amounts, including present value techniques, option-pricing models and excess earnings method

(C) Cost approach—Based on the amount that would currently be required to replace the service capacity of an asset (replacement cost)

To determine the fair value of certain financial instruments, the Company relies on Level 2 inputs generated by market transactions of similar instruments where available, and Level 3 inputs using an income approach when Level 1 and Level 2 inputs are not available. The Company’s assessment of the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement requires judgment and may affect the valuation of financial assets and financial liabilities and their placement within the fair value hierarchy.

Hedge Instruments

From time to time, the Company will purchase hedge instruments to mitigate statement of operations risk and cash flow risk of revenue and receivables. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had no hedge instruments.

Financial Instruments

As of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the fair values of cash, receivables and accounts payable approximated their carrying values due to the short-term nature of these instruments. The fair value of notes receivable and note payable from and to our joint venture partners approximate their carrying values. The fair value of our other equity investments is not readily determinable and it is not practical to obtain the information needed to determine the value. However, there has been no indication of an impairment of these other equity investments as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017. The estimated fair values of other financial instruments subject to fair value disclosures, determined based on Level One inputs including broker quotes or quoted market prices or rates for the same or similar instruments and the related carrying amounts are as follows:




December 31, 2018



December 31, 2017




Carrying Amount



Fair Value



Carrying Amount



Fair Value


Long-term debt, including current portion(1)



















Carrying amounts include aggregate unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs.


Additionally, the fair value of the other equity investments acquired as part of the FY 2015 purchase of our joint venture partners’ interest in Iconix China (refer to Note 5 for further details) was $1.0 million and $1.4 million as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, with the decrease in fair value of $0.4 million recorded in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations since the first quarter of FY 2018 due to the adoption of ASU 2016-01.  



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