Coty reaffirms interest in acquiring Avon

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Fragrance player Coty has today confirmed in a letter to Avon CEO Andrea Jung that it remains interesting in acquiring a controlling stake in the Avon Products business.

In the public letter, the company reaffirmed that it was still interested in the business, which earlier in the month it made a bid of $10 billion for.

The letter also discloses more details about how it aimed to fund the acquisition, detailing the fact that it has already raised a total of $5 billion in equity from a number of sources.

The equity is being raised through Coty's parent company, Joh. A. Benckiser, a Germany-based family-owned business that also owns the Reckitt Benckiser personal care business.

Avon has steadfastly rejected the offer, claiming that it vastly under-values the real value of the business, calculated on the basis of its sales and profit margins.

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