Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV) today announced that its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Revlon Consumer Products Corporation (“RCPC” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the stock of The Colomer Group (“TCG”), a privately-held beauty care company focused on the professional salon channel. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013, subject to certain customary conditions and regulatory approvals, and the cash purchase price of $660 million is subject to certain adjustments through the closing date. Revlon expects to finance the acquisition using funds underwritten by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. pursuant to commitments entered into contemporaneously with the purchase agreement.
TCG strategically complements Revlon, as it markets and sells professional products to salons and other professional channels under brands such as Revlon Professional hair care, which it currently licenses from the Company under a long-term agreement; Creative Nail professional nail polish, including its successful Shellac franchise; and American Crew men’s haircare. TCG also sells certain brands directly into retail channels, including Natural Honey body lotions and Llongueras hair care, and operates a multi-cultural hair-care business under the Crème of Nature brand. Approximately 50% of TCG’s sales are in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with 40% in the U.S., and the balance in the rest of the world.
TCG is being acquired from Funds advised by CVC Capital Partners, which have owned TCG for the last 13 years. Throughout that period, a successful transformative program was implemented, with a focus on strengthening its core brands and supporting continuous product innovation. TCG now constitutes a global and additive platform for Revlon to expand its business.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Revlon President and Chief Executive Officer, Alan T. Ennis said, “This acquisition, which we expect to be accretive to cash flow and earnings in the first year, represents a significant and logical strategic step forward for Revlon as it complements our core business, expands our distribution into new channels, and provides meaningful cost synergy opportunities. TCG’s presence in the professional salon channel, which Revlon currently does not serve, will expand our product offering and enable us to reach new consumers. We plan to capitalize on TCG’s extensive geographic and channel distribution, and leverage our collective innovation capability and leadership as we seek to drive growth across our expanded portfolio of brands.”