This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed Jun 4, 2008.
a) The LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut International, OPSM, Cole and Oakley trade names are amortized on a straight-line basis over a period of 25 years and the Ray-Ban trade names over a period of 20 years, as the Company believes these trade names to be finite-lived assets.
b) Distributor network, customer contracts and lists, and franchise agreements were identifiable intangibles recorded in connection with the acquisition of Cole in 2004 and of Oakley in 2007. These assets have finite lives and are amortized on a straight-line basis over periods ranging between 20 and 25 years. The weighted average amortization period is 22.2 years.
c) Other identifiable intangibles have finite lives ranging between 3 and 17 years and are amortized on a straight line basis. The weighted average amortization period is 11.3 years. Most of these useful lives were determined based on the terms of the license agreements and non-compete agreements. During 2006, approximately Euro 11.4 million of intangibles related to a non compete agreement of Sunglass Hut International became fully amortized and were written off. During 2007, approximately Euro 5.8 million of intangibles became fully amortized and were written off.
Certain intangible assets are maintained in currencies other than Euro (the reporting currency) and, as such, balances may fluctuate due to changes in exchange rates.
Estimated annual amortization expense relating to identifiable assets, including the identifiable intangibles attributable to recent acquisitions for which the purchase price allocation is not final, is shown below: