Retail

Coty to sell majority stake in brands including Wella and Clairol to KKR in $4.3 billion deal

Key Points
  • Cosmetics maker Coty agreed to sell a majority stake in its professional beauty and retail hair businesses to investment firm KKR in a deal valued at $4.3 billion.
  • Coty said it would receive about $3 billion in cash from the divestment.
Kylie Cosmetics are displayed at Ulta beauty on November 18, 2019 in New York City. Kylie Cosmetics has sold a controlling stake to Coty Inc for a reported $600 Million. Coty Inc plans to buy 51% and the controlling share of Kylie Cosmetics, valuing it at $1.2 billion. Kylie Jenner will remain the public face of the brand.
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Cosmetics maker Coty on Monday said it had agreed to sell a majority stake in its professional beauty and retail hair businesses, including Wella and Clairol brands, to investment firm KKR in a deal valued at $4.3 billion.

Shares of the company rose about 11% in premarket trading.

Coty said it would receive about $3 billion in cash from the divestment.

The private-equity firm will also invest an additional $1 billion and get two board seats as part of the partnership, the company said.

Coty said that under the deal, which also includes the OPI and ghd brands, the businesses will operate as a standalone company, with KKR acquiring a 60% stake and Coty retaining the rest.

New York-based Coty said its mass beauty business in Brazil will remain a fully owned business of Coty.

Coty also said third-quarter sales declined 23% on a reported basis to $1.53 billion in the three months ended March 31.