NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconix Brand Group, Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Sharper Image® brand and intellectual property assets from Sharper Image Acquisition, LLC for approximately $65.6 million in cash from a joint venture led by Hilco Consumer Capital ("HCC"), Gordon Brothers Group ("GBG") and Bluestar Alliance ("BA").
Sharper Image is a respected brand in the consumer electronics industry with over 85% brand recognition, and is best known for its innovative products. Sharper Image products are sold nationwide at better department and specialty stores and direct to consumer through the Sharper Image catalog and e-commerce website, www.sharperimage.com.
"This is an exciting acquisition for Iconix," commented Neil Cole, Chairman and CEO, Iconix Brand Group. "With the addition of the Sharper Image brand, we continue to demonstrate the diversification of our business model and strength of our Company. We always believed that the Iconix platform could be leveraged across numerous industries and this acquisition reinforces that message."
Gary Talarico, President and CEO of Gordon Brothers Group, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Chairman and CEO of Hilco Trading, LLC, the parent of HCC, and Joey Gabbay, CEO of Bluestar, jointly stated, "We are pleased to transition the stewardship of the Sharper Image brand to Iconix, one of the premier global brand managers in the industry."
About Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R) RAMPAGE (R) MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R) OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R) ROCA WEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R), ZOO YORK (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM) and PEANUTS (R) brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.
About Hilco Consumer Capital
Hilco Consumer Capital (www.hilcocc.com) is a private equity firm that makes strategic investments in consumer lifestyle brands through acquisitions of North American manufacturers, wholesalers, intellectual property and retailers. HCC investments range from $25 million to $250 million. Current portfolio brands and companies include Polaroid, Linens 'N Things, Caribbean Joe®, Ellen Tracy and Halston.® HCC is a unit of Hilco Trading, LLC, a Chicago-based, international provider of diversified financial and operational services, including business asset valuations, asset acquisition and disposition services, M&A services and retail consulting.
About Gordon Brothers Group
Founded in 1903, Gordon Brothers Group (www.gordonbrothers.com) is a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, industrial and real estate sectors. Gordon Brothers Group maximizes value for both healthy and distressed companies by purchasing or selling all categories of assets, appraising assets, providing debt and equity financing, and operating businesses for extended periods. Gordon Brothers Group conducts over $50 billion worth of transactions and appraisals annually.
About Bluestar Alliance, LLC:.
Bluestar Alliance, LLC (www.bluestarbrands.com) established in January 2007 by Joey Gabbay and Ralph Gindi owns, manages and markets a portfolio of consumer brands including Liz Lange Maternity ® English Laundry ®, Hot Kiss ®, First Kiss ®, Harve Benard ®, Kensie ®, Kensie girl ®, mac&jac ® & Completely Me ®. Bluestar licenses its brands to a network of best in class manufacturers and retailers both in the U.S. and around the world. Bluestar, through its in-house advertising, promotion and public relations agency, markets its brands to build long term value and enhance consumer experience.
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