Iconix Brand Group Announces SEC has Issued a Formal Order of Investigation

Dec 28, 2015, 08:00 ET from Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICON) ("Iconix" or the "Company") today announced that the Company received a formal order of investigation from the Staff of the SEC.  The Company intends to fully cooperate with the SEC.

As previously disclosed, the Company is currently in a comment letter process with the Staff of the SEC related to the accounting treatment for the formation of certain joint ventures.  Additionally, the Company formed a Special Committee of the Board of Directors to conduct a review of the accounting treatment related to certain of the Company's transactions. 

As announced in a Form 8-K filed on November 5, 2015, the Company's current management team determined, based in part on the Special Committee's review, that the Company would restate its historical financial statements in respect of (i) the 2013 fiscal year and the fourth quarter thereof, (ii) the 2014 fiscal year and each quarterly period thereof and (iii) the first and second quarters of 2015, to correct certain errors in accounting. The Company completed these restatements, which were filed at the end of November 2015.

Iconix will continue to focus on building its brand management platform across the globe and is committed to driving the long term success of the Company.  The Company is currently in active discussions with potential lenders and continues to expect to be in a position to refinance its 2016 convertible notes.

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), MOSSIMO (R), LONDON FOG (R), OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R), ROCAWEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R), WAVERLY (R), ZOO YORK (R), SHARPER IMAGE (R), UMBRO (R), LEE COOPER (R), ECKO UNLTD. (R), MARC ECKO (R), ARTFUL DODGER and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE (R). In addition, Iconix owns interests in the MATERIAL GIRL (R), PEANUTS (R), ED HARDY (R), TRUTH OR DARE (R), BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB (R), ICE CREAM (R), MODERN AMUSEMENT (R), BUFFALO (R), NICK GRAHAM (R) and PONY (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.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements include, among others, statements relating to additional information that may require the Company to restate further the financial statements and other financial data in the periods impacted by the restatement and/or additional historical periods. These statements are based on the Company's beliefs and assumptions, which in turn are based on currently available information. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict and you should be aware that the occurrence of certain events, including those referenced in the sections titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could harm the Company's business, prospects, results of operations, liquidity and financial condition and cause its stock price to decline significantly. Except as required by applicable law, the Company is under no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements.

Contact Information: Jaime Sheinheit Investor Relations Iconix Brand Group 212.730.0030

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