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2009 is another record year for Iconix Brand
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Feb '10
Iconix Brand Group Inc announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

Revenue for the full year 2009 was approximately $232.1 million, a 7% increase as compared to approximately $216.8 million in the prior year period.

As previously disclosed 2009 and 2008 include gains from the formation of international ventures and 2009 includes the gain from the sale of a trademark in Canada. Excluding these gains, revenue for 2009 increased 6% to $221.3 million from $208.4 million in 2008. EBITDA for 2009 increased 9% to approximately $163.1 million as compared to approximately $149.6 million in the comparable prior year period, and free cash flow increased 10% to approximately $134.8 million as compared to approximately $122.1 million in the comparable prior year period.

Non-GAAP net income for 2009, which excludes non-cash interest related to the Company's convertible debt, increased 19% to approximately $83.3 million as compared to approximately $70.2 million in the comparable prior year period and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased to $1.22 versus $1.15 in the comparable prior year period.

On a GAAP basis, net income increased 19% to approximately $75.1 million, as compared to $62.9 million in the comparable prior year period and diluted earnings per share for 2009 was $1.10 versus $1.03 in the comparable prior year period.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was approximately $65.8 million, a 21% increase as compared to approximately $54.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. As previously disclosed both the fourth quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2008 include gains from the formation of international ventures.

Excluding these gains, revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 increased 21% to $58.8 million from $48.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. EBITDA for the fourth quarter was approximately $41.9 million, an 11% increase as compared to approximately $37.8 million in the prior year quarter.

Free cash flow for the quarter was $33.2 million a 6% increase as compared to approximately $31.5 million in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, as defined above, net income increased 28% to approximately $21.9 million, as compared to $17.1 million in the prior year quarter and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.30 versus $0.28 in the prior year quarter.

On a GAAP basis, net income increased 29% to approximately $19.7 million, as compared to $15.3 million in the prior year quarter and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.27 versus $0.25 in the prior year quarter.

Neil Cole, Chairman and CEO of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. commented, "I am pleased to report that 2009 was another record year for our Company. Our ability to drive organic growth through the expansion of our direct to retail programs in one of the most challenging retail environments in historydemonstrates the strength of our business model. In 2009, we successfully launched five new direct-to-retail partnerships in the U.S., renewed four direct-to-retail contracts, formed our third international joint venture for Europe and acquired stakes in Ecko and Ed Hardy, two of the leading brands in today's youth market. We have strengthened our balance sheet and today have approximately $230 million of cash available to be opportunistic in the pursuit of acquisitions. As we begin 2010, we believe our Company is well positioned to deliver continued growth and we look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead of us."

The Company is reaffirming its full year 2010 revenue guidance of $260-$270 million. The Company is reaffirming its 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance of between $1.25 and $1.30 and GAAP diluted EPS guidance of between $1.13 and $1.18. The Company estimates that free cash flow for 2010 will be in a range of $140- $145 million. This guidance relates to the existing portfolio of brands only and assumes no additional acquisitions.

Iconix Brand Group Inc


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