Church & Dwight, the maker of Arm & Hammer toothpaste, has
reported first quarter profits up 40 per cent on last year, a
figure boosted by its acquisition of Unilever's North American oral
Revlon's shares dropped as much as 8.6 per cent before recovering
slightly, Friday, as the cosmetics company's financial makeover
plans faltered after its debt offer was cancelled due to
"unfavourable market conditions".
German hair and beauty product producer Wella has this week
announced both the most profitable first quarter in the company's
history and the signing of a purchasing agreement with Procter
& Gamble, writes Louise Sheridan.
Henkel is to acquire hair care company Indola from Alberto-Culver.
They are expected to complete the deal by 1 June 2004, subject to
final agreement and competition law clearances. The transaction is
the latest in a series of mergers...
Brazil's largest cosmetics company Natura Cosmeticos is embarking
on an international roadshow for potential investors following its
announcement of the first public offering in Brazil in more than
two years, writes Louise Sheridan.
Biotechnology company Helix BioMedix has announced that on 3 May
2004 it conducted the final closing under a private placement
equity financing, which raised a total of US$2.37 million (€1.95 m)
including US$1.1 million (€0.9 m) from...
Improved fragrance sales in Europe, boosted by modest gains in
currency conversions, increased first quarter results for the US
fragrance giant International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF).
Strategies in 2003, to help get the company...
Nu Skin Enterprises, a worldwide direct seller of personal care
products, has reported a 20 per cent increase in net revenue.
Foreign currency fluctuations, product launches in the US and
momentum in Mainland China have all been attributed...
Wella - the German maker of cosmetics and fragrances - has filed a
lawsuit against Gucci in a dispute over the length of its perfume
licensing contract. Italian luxury goods maker Gucci, has not held
the rights to produce fragrances...
Swallowfield - a UK cosmetics and toiletries manufacturer - is to
overhaul business in a bid to reposition itself as an international
supplier of contract outsourcing services to the toiletry,
household and cosmetics markets. Operations...
The Lubrizol Corporation has announced the acquisition of Noveon
International, a speciality chemical producer, to create a combined
company. The move complements Lubrizol's existing businesses in
fluid technologies and will...
Dream Cosmetics is to function as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Polysciences, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and laboratory
products. The acquisition doubles Polysciences' capabilities to
formulate and manufacture private-label...
L'Oréal has announced a good start to 2004 following the release of
its first quarter results. The company saw growth in all of its
cosmetic divisions despite a high base of comparrison against last
year's results. The dermatology...
YSL Beauté - part of Italian luxury-goods firm Gucci Group - has
reported a drop in sales for the fourth quarter of 2003. As the
Gucci Group records its best ever quarterly revenue results, Beauté
stands out as the division struggling...
Technology Flavours & Fragrances (TFF), has reported a dramatic
slide in net income for 2003. The US company's results were
unfavourably impacted by a reduction in sales and an increase in
operating costs attributable to...
Wella, the German maker of hair-care and beauty products, has
forecast a 'year of challenges' for 2004 after the group reported a
significant drop in net profit. Recently acquired by Procter &
Gamble, the company was...
De Witt - a British personal care company - has acquired T-Zone, a
tea-tree oil based skincare brand. The agreement is central to De
Witt's ambitious expansion strategy, which has seen the company
increase its turnover by 19...
US cosmetics and fragrance manufacturer Elizabeth Arden has
reported a loss of net income despite an increase in net sales for
fiscal 2004. Debt extinguishment and restructuring charges had a
negative impact on an otherwise profitable...
SkinMedica - a specialty pharmaceutical company - is to receive
financing to further expand its cosmeceutical pipeline. The company
has entered a deal with existing, and new investors to sell $25.8
million of its Series D preferred...
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) - the world's leading luxury
products group - has achieved a 9 per cent increase in annual
operating income despite the difficult economic environment of
2003. The US company's perfumes...
Beauty giant L'Oréal has posted its nineteenth consecutive year of
double-digit growth. Battling an economic slowdown and adverse
curency movements, the group's strength in emerging markets and
product launches allowed for...
Airspray, the maker of cosmetic dispensers for Unilever, Wella and
L'Oréal - achieved strong sales growth last year despite the
weakening of the US dollar, aided by its currency-risk management
and galloping volume growth.
Kanebo, the second-largest cosmetics maker in Japan after
industry-leader Shiseido, has decided to abandon plans to sell its
core cosmetic unit to Kao. Instead the company is to ask the
Japenese government to help slash its debt in...
Revlon has announced it is to eradicate $780 million of debt by the
end of 2004's first quarter. The troubled US company - reporting a
net loss of $153.8 million for 2003 - has signed an agreement to
reduce debt by 50 per cent.
Unison Capital has put forward a management offer - believed to
match Kao's withstanding bid of €3 billion - for Kanebo's cosmetic
operations. However the revelation has not unnerved toiletries
manufacturer, Kao, who started...
The owners of the Gesparal Holding company, the Bettencourt family
and Nestlé, are to become direct shareholders of L'Oréal. The
company, which currently owns 53.8 per cent of L'Oreal's Capital
and 71.7 per cent of...
Avon Products has attributed its fourth quarter earning and sale
growth figures to the company's success in Europe. Sales in the EU
rose 30 per cent to €440 million and operating profit rose by 50
per cent. Strong international...
L'Oreal has managed to reach its financial year sales target, helped by the concentration of products launched in its first and last quarter. However, the cost of achieving this growth may translate into low earnings for its 2003 second half results...
Beiersdorf, the German manufacturer of Nivea cosmetics, has
reported a fall in turnover for the first time in many years. In
its results to year end, the company reveals that turnover fell by
1.5 per cent to €4.67 billion in real...
German-based Henkel Group is to further strengthen its hair
cosmetics business through the acquisition of US company Advanced
Research Laboratories (ARL). The agreement will push the European
company into third position in the US...
Kao, Japan's biggest maker of toiletries, plans to add cosmetics to
its product lineup in China by the middle of next year in a bid to
find faster markets for growth. Kao's plans for China is aided by
its intention to purchase...
Avon is to become the first cosmetic company to put its name to a
co-branded credit card. The company's innitiative is set to cause a
ripple throughout the whole industry sector as companies strive to
stay ahead in an increasingly...
Atrium this week announced its full acquisition of active
ingredient supplier Siricie. The €1.6 million cash deal
demonstrates the trend of biotechnology companies moving further
towards novel products.
Tokyo is set to become L'Oréal's third largest operational centre
today, following the company's shareholding extension in Japenese
Shu Uemura Cosmetics. The agreement confirms the company's
commitment to globalising...
Procter and Gamble, owner of the Olay, Pantene and Head &
Shoulders lines and recent acquirer of Wella, today announced
healthy Q1 results including double-digit earnings growth for its
beauty and health care segments.
Kao, Japan's leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals and
personal care and household products, and Kanebo, the country's
second largest cosmetics maker, have announced a provisional
agreement to consolidate the two companies'...
The consortium led by German coffee company Tchibo has signed an
agreement to purchase a 40 per cent holding in Nivea creams maker
Beiersdorf from German insurer Allianz, upping the stakes in a
potential takeover bidding war between...
Better business plans, closer consumer relationships, tighter
customer partnerships, more sustainable growth' was the slogan
provided by Procter & Gamble's president A.G. Lafley in an
upbeat address to the company's...
The wind might have changed direction for UK-based The Body Shop
with the natural beauty company reporting first half figures for
2003 that showed profit before tax rose to £9.1 million, compared
to a loss of £0.7 million for the...
The deal announced in early September for the sale of Noiro, the
cosmetics and detergent business of Finnish healthcare specialist
Orion Corporation, to funds managed/advised by CapMan was closed