Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. Announces Commencement of Asset Sale Offer for 10.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2019

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NEW YORK, NY - November 8, 2013 - Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (the "Company") (FNP) announced today the commencement of an offer to purchase (the "Offer") up to $125.0 million aggregate principal amount (the "Offer Amount") of 10.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2019 (the "Notes") issued by the Company, in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes, dated as of April 7, 2011 (the "Indenture"), at  a purchase price of 100% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of payment.  The Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 11, 2013, unless extended (the "Expiration Time").  If the aggregate principal amount of Notes validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) in the Offer exceeds the Offer Amount, the Trustee will select the Notes to be accepted for purchase on a pro rata basis (with such adjustments as may be needed so that only Notes in minimum amounts of $2,000 and integral multiples of $1,000 will  be so purchased).  Tenders may be validly withdrawn no later than the Expiration Time.

On November 6, 2013, pursuant to the Purchase Agreement dated as of October 7, 2013 and as amended by that Amendment Agreement dated as of November 6, 2013, by and among ABG-Juicy LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Juicy Couture, Inc., a California corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and the Company (the "Purchase Agreement"), the Company completed the sale (the "Sale") of all issued and outstanding equity interests of ABG Juicy Couture, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Issuer, holding all of the Juicy IP Assets (as defined in the Purchase Agreement).  The Sale constitutes an "Asset Sale" under the Indenture and the Offer constitutes a New Proceeds Offer (as defined in the Indenture) being made using the Net Proceeds (as defined in the Indenture) of the Sale in order to satisfy the Company`s obligation to make a Net Proceeds Offer under the Indenture.  The Net Proceeds  from the Sale equal $125.0 million, which Net Proceeds reflect, among other things, the netting of direct costs relating to the Sale and reserves or payments with respect to liabilities associated with the assets sold or the Sale itself that are being retained by the Company.

In the event that the aggregate principal amount of tendered and accepted Notes is less than the Offer Amount, any Net Proceeds not used for the purchase of Notes pursuant to the Offer will be available for use by the Company in any manner permitted under the Indenture.

This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any Notes.  The Offer is only being made pursuant to the asset sale offer to purchase and the related letter of transmittal that the Company is distributing to holders of Notes in connection with the Offer.

The complete terms and conditions of the Offer are set forth in the asset sale offer to purchase and related letter of transmittal.

About Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.

Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. designs and markets a portfolio of retail-based, premium, global lifestyle brands including Kate Spade and Lucky Brand. In addition, the Adelington Design Group, a private brand jewelry design and development group, markets brands through department stores and serves JCPenney via exclusive supplier agreements for the Liz Claiborne and Monet jewelry lines. The Company also has licenses for the Liz Claiborne New York brand, available at QVC and Lizwear, which is distributed through the club store channel. Visit www.fifthandpacific.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this press release, future filings by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), our press releases, and oral statements made by, or with the approval of, our authorized personnel, that relate to our future performance or future events are forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are indicated by words or phrases such as "intend," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "target," "aim," "forecast," "project," "expect," "believe," "we are optimistic that we can," "current visibility indicates that we forecast," "contemplation" or "currently envisions" and similar phrases. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these expectations may not prove to be correct or we may not achieve the financial results, savings or other benefits anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our senior management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which may be beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: our ability to complete the transactions described in this press release; our ability to continue to have the necessary liquidity, through cash flows from operations and availability under our amended and restated revolving credit facility (as amended to date, the "Amended Facility"), may be adversely impacted by a number of factors, including the level of our operating cash flows, our ability to maintain established levels of availability under, and to comply with the financial and other covenants included in, our Amended Facility and the borrowing base requirement in our Amended Facility that limits the amount of borrowings we may make based on a formula of, among other things, eligible cash, accounts receivable and inventory and the minimum availability covenant in our Amended Facility that requires us to maintain availability in excess of an agreed upon level; restrictions in the credit and capital markets, which would impair our ability to access additional sources of liquidity, if needed; general economic conditions in the United States, Asia, Europe and other parts of the world, including the impact of income tax changes and debt reduction efforts in the United States; levels of consumer confidence, consumer spending and purchases of discretionary items, including fashion apparel and related products, such as ours; our ability to successfully implement our long-term strategic plans, including the continued growth of our KATE SPADE brand, our ability to sustain the recent improved performance in our LUCKY BRAND business and our ability to expand into markets outside of the US, such as China, Japan and Brazil, and the risks associated with such expansion; changes in the cost of raw materials, labor, advertising and transportation which could impact prices of our products; risks associated with the dependence of our ADELINGTON DESIGN GROUP business on third party arrangements and partners; our ability to anticipate and respond to constantly changing consumer demands and tastes and fashion trends, across multiple brands, product lines, shopping channels and geographies; our ability to attract and retain talented, highly qualified executives, and maintain satisfactory relationships with our employees; risks associated with our arrangement to continue to operate the Ohio distribution facility with a third-party operations and labor management company that provides distribution operations services, including risks related to increased operating expenses, systems capabilities and operating under a third party arrangement; our dependence on a limited number of large US department store customers, and the risk of consolidations, restructurings, bankruptcies and other ownership changes in the retail industry and financial difficulties at our larger department store customers; our ability to adequately establish, defend and protect our trademarks and other proprietary rights; our ability to successfully develop or acquire new product lines, such as the KATE SPADE SATURDAY line, or enter new markets, such as China, Japan and Brazil or product categories, and risks related to such new lines, markets or categories; the impact of the highly competitive nature of the markets within which we operate, both within the US and abroad; our reliance on independent foreign manufacturers, including the risk of their failure to comply with safety standards or our policies regarding labor practices; risks associated with our buying/sourcing agreement with Li & Fung Limited, which results in a single third party foreign buying/sourcing agent for a significant portion of our products; a variety of legal, regulatory, political and economic risks, including risks related to the importation and exportation of product, tariffs and other trade barriers; our ability to adapt to and compete effectively in the current quota environment in which general quota has expired on apparel products, but political activity seeking to re-impose quota has been initiated or threatened; whether we will be successful operating the KATE SPADE business in Japan and the risks associated with such operation; our exposure to currency fluctuations; risks associated with material disruptions in our information technology systems, both owned and licensed, and with our third-party e-commerce platforms and operations; risks associated with privacy breaches; risks associated with credit card fraud and identity theft; risks associated with third party service providers, both domestic and overseas, including service providers in the area of e-commerce; limitations on our ability to utilize all or a portion of our US deferred tax assets if we experience an "ownership change"; and the outcome of current and future litigation and other proceedings in which we are involved. The list of factors above is illustrative, but by no means exhaustive. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the matters addressed in this press release and attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are qualified by these cautionary statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations only and are not guarantees of future performance, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described in this press release, and in the Company`s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012; and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 30, 2013, June 29, 2013, and September 28, 2013, each filed with the SEC, including in the sections entitled "Item 1A-Risk Factors" and "Statement on Forward Looking Statements." We may change our intentions, beliefs or expectations at any time and without notice, based upon any change in our assumptions or otherwise. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected. In addition, some factors are beyond our control. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FNPC Investor Relations Contact:
Robert J. Vill
Senior Vice President - Finance and Treasurer
Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.
201.295.7515
FNPC Media Contact:
Jane Randel
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.
212.626.3408
jrandel@fnpc.com



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