Jan 10, 2017
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Coty to buy majority stake in Younique for about $600 million

Jan 10, 2017

Beauty products maker Coty said it would buy a 60 percent stake in privately held online cosmetics retailer Younique for about $600 million as it reduces its dependence on its ailing fragrance business.


Coty said it intends to buy the stake in Younique through a combination of cash and debt. The deal is expected to immediately add to Coty's earnings in 2017.

Younique also sells its cosmetics through individuals, known as 'presenters', who use social media and other direct selling methods to market the products.

Younique is expected to operate as a separate business within Coty's consumer beauty division and will continue to be led by its current CEO, Derek Maxfield and chief visionary officer, Melanie Huscroft. The founders of Younique will own the remaining 40 pct.

Coty has inked multiple deals, including the $12.5 billion acquisition of Procter & Gamble Co's (PG.N) specialty beauty business, which included brands such as Clairol and Wella.

Younique is expected to generate revenue of about $400 million in 2016, Coty said on Tuesday.

If the deal with Younique is terminated under certain specified circumstances, Coty will be obligated to pay Younique an $18 million termination fee, according to Coty.

Coty had reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue in November, citing slowdown in demand for its fragrances and color cosmetics. The company had said this slump in revenue would continue in the current quarter.

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