Coty Looks To Offload Brands Including Wella, Clairol As Shares Rise

By Donna Ahern
Coty Looks To Offload Brands Including Wella, Clairol As Shares Rise

Coty Inc is looking to sell its business unit that houses brands such as Wella, Clairol and OPI as part of an ongoing plan to streamline its operations and cut debt, sending its shares up 11% on Monday.

The company said it was also exploring options for its Brazilian unit as it focuses on its fragrance, cosmetics and skin care businesses.

It would use the proceeds from any of the transactions to pay down debt and return excess cash to shareholders, the company said in a statement.

Restructuring Plan

In July, Coty laid out an ambitious four-year restructuring plan that involved reducing layers and reorganizing the operation.


Coty's professional beauty unit, which primarily focuses on hair and nail care products for salon professionals, raked in sales of about $1.81 billion in fiscal 2019 and accounted for about 21% of total revenue.

The company's consumer beauty unit, however, has been struggling mainly due to the poor performance of brands it bought from Procter & Gamble Co, including Covergirl and Max Factor, forcing Coty to record billions of dollars in writedowns.

"(The announcement) accelerates this transformation and will help ... deleverage our balance sheet, and improve our ability to invest in areas with the greatest growth potential," Chief executive Officer Pierre Laubies said.

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