FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Feb. 8, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Oakley, Inc. (NYSE:OO) today announced the acquisition of privately-held Oliver Peoples, Inc., one of the world's most recognized and most respected luxury eyewear companies, and its subsidiaries. As a result of the acquisition, Oakley has acquired Oliver Peoples' three eyewear brands: Oliver Peoples(R), Mosley Tribes(R), and the licensed Paul Smith(R) eyewear brand.

"Oakley's core business is optics and this will be a focus of our long-term strategy," said Scott Olivet, chief executive officer, Oakley, Inc. "While growing Oakley eyewear is our first priority, we also believe that we can capitalize on complementary consumer and market segments with a multi-branding approach. This will enable us to leverage our capabilities in optics, design, and manufacturing without compromising the Oakley brand's authenticity."

"The acquisition of Oliver Peoples, Mosley Tribes and the Paul Smith license is a tremendous start in the creation of a targeted portfolio of brands. Their position in the fashion eyewear market complements Oakley's leadership in sport performance and active eyewear," continued Olivet. "The brands will access different consumers, distribution channels, and design inspiration while simultaneously benefiting from shared experience, capabilities, and resources."

"Oakley and Oliver Peoples are well-respected brands known for their long history of innovation, quality and consumer loyalty," said Cos Lykos, vice president of business development, Oakley, Inc. "This acquisition will improve Oakley, Inc.'s core sunglass and prescription eyewear market share and marks an important first step in our multi-branded optics business strategy."

"We are very enthusiastic about working with Oakley, the worldwide leader in performance eyewear, and the opportunity to grow our existing luxury eyewear business," said Larry Leight, chief executive officer and chief design officer of Oliver Peoples. "Paramount to this partnership is our continued focus on selective distribution and discreet branding that is fundamental to the discoverability, desirability and exclusivity of Oliver Peoples' products. Together, we will have enhanced resources to further build our brand, expand our strong retail relationships and strengthen our operational capabilities."

The acquisition's aggregate purchase price of up to $55.7 million, subject to post closing adjustments, includes the assumption of approximately $5.0 million of debt and up to $4.0 million in earn-out incentives. Oakley expects the acquisition to be slightly accretive to earnings in 2006.

About Oliver Peoples

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, Oliver Peoples was co-founded in 1986 by optician and designer Larry Leight. The company currently has distribution in more than 45 countries worldwide and operates five retail stores located in New York (2 stores), Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Tokyo.

Oliver Peoples eyewear is seen on many of the world's most well-known celebrities and helped establish the luxury eyewear market. The classic designs fuse old-world aesthetics with modern-day finesse and are priced from $210-420. Paul Smith Spectacles, launched in 1994, includes prescription eyewear and sunglasses featuring whimsical yet classic designs with attention to detail synonymous with one of Britain's leading fashion designers and is priced from $235-335. Launched in 2005, Mosley Tribes is a modern lifestyle brand fusing utility and style and retails from $120-240.

About Oakley, Inc.

Oakley: a world brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading premium sunglasses, the company offers a full array of products including performance and lifestyle apparel, accessories, prescription eyewear, footwear, wristwatches and electronics to consumers in more than 100 countries. Trailing-12-month net sales through September 30, 2005 totaled $638.7 million and generated net income of $52.6 million. Oakley, Inc. press releases, SEC filings and the company's annual report are available at

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