Danskin, Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell its Intellectual Property to Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Danskin, Inc. ("Danskin" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Danskin(R) intellectual property, to Iconix Brand Group, Inc. ("Iconix"). The transaction is anticipated to close in March 2007.
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NEW YORK, Feb. 22 -- Danskin, Inc. ("Danskin" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Danskin(R) intellectual property, to Iconix Brand Group, Inc. ("Iconix"). The transaction is anticipated to close in March 2007. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti Trust Improvements Act of 1976 as amended and Danskin stockholder approval.

The purchase price for the transaction will be $70 million with a contingent payment of $15 million, payable in cash or stock, triggered by the brand exceeding certain revenue and performance targets. If paid in Iconix stock and the stock appreciates during the earnout period, or thereafter, the Company could earn up to an additional $7.5 million.

As part of the transaction, Danskin will enter into a license agreement with Iconix to continue to operate the Danskin(R) wholesale business, including its freestanding retail stores and its internet merchant site, Danskin.com.

Donald Schupak, Danskin's Chairman said "The transaction will provide capital for growth of the Danskin(R) wholesale business and, at the same time, monetize its intellectual properties, enhancing opportunities to increase shareholder value. Carol Hochman and her team have done an exceptional job expanding this great brand and implementing a multi-channel distribution strategy in a markedly undercapitalized environment. In addition to providing working capital, Iconix marketing support will help complete the Company's vision for the Brand."

Danskin, Inc. is a 125 year old iconic brand of women's active wear, leg wear, dance wear, yoga apparel and fitness equipment. The brand is sold through better department, specialty and sporting goods stores and through its own freestanding Danskin boutiques and its internet merchant site Danskin.com.

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Contact: John A. Sarto
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Danskin, Inc.
212-764-4630

Margaret B. Pritchard
SVP Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary
Danskin, Inc.
212-764-4630
Source: Danskin, Inc.

CONTACT: John A. Sarto, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, or Margaret B. Pritchard SVP Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary both of Danskin, Inc., +1-212-764-4630

Web site: http://danskin.com/

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