Coty Inc. (NYSE: COTY) reported revenue and earnings in line with analysts’ estimates for the fourth quarter of 2019. Shares were up 6.8% in premarket hours on Wednesday.
Total revenues fell 8% year-over-year to $2.11 billion. On a like-for-like (LFL) basis, revenues fell 4.1%, driven by decreases in the Consumer Beauty and Professional Beauty divisions.
On a reported basis, net loss widened to $2.7 billion, or $3.72 per share, from $181.3 million, or $0.24 per share, in the prior-year period due to asset impairment charges. Adjusted net income increased 16% to $123.6 million while adjusted EPS rose 14% to $0.16.
Pierre Laubies, CEO said, “We are now fully engaged in FY20. Our Turnaround Plan focuses on reshaping and simplifying our beauty business to generate fuel for growth and leverage the potential of our Consumer Beauty brands, while continuing to improve growth and margins in our Luxury and Professional Beauty divisions.”
In the Luxury division, net revenues increased 1.7% on a reported basis and 5.8% LFL. The growth was driven by strength in the Burberry, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Marc Jacobs brands as well as momentum in ALMEA and Travel Retail.
Net revenues in the Consumer Beauty division fell 15.2% on a reported basis and 11.5% LFL, due to weakness in Younique. In the Professional Beauty segment, revenues decreased 7% on a reported basis and 3.1% LFL, mainly due to weakness in North America stemming from destocking at key accounts.
For fiscal year 2020, net revenues are expected to be stable to slightly lower LFL, starting in Q1 2020. Adjusted EPS is expected to grow in the mid single digit range. Adjusted operating income is expected to grow 5-10% year-over-year.
Coty has developed a business and financial framework for the next four years and is targeting a gradual return to low single digit sales growth, operating margins at 14-16%, and free cash flow above $1 billion in fiscal year 2023.
Coty declared a dividend of $0.125 per common share, payable on September 30, 2019 to stockholders of record on September 9, 2019.
Coty’s shares have gained 35% year-to-date.
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