THE WHAT? L’Oréal has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Aesop from Natura &Co. The proposed transaction values the Australian bath and body brand at an enterprise value of US$2.525 billion.
THE DETAILS The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The brand will join L’Oreal Luxe portfolio.
Fábio Barbosa, Chief Executive Officer of Natura &Co, commented, “The divestment of Aēsop marks a new development cycle for Natura &Co. With a strengthened financial structure and a deleveraged balance sheet, Natura &Co, exercizing strict financial discipline, will be able to sharpen its focus on its strategic priorities, notably our investment plan in Latin America. We will also be able to concentrate on continuing to improve The Body Shop’s business and refocusing Avon International’s footprint. We are proud of the remarkable success of the Aēsop brand, and we are extremely grateful to all Aēsop’s associates, who contributed immensely not only to Aēsop’s success, but also to making Natura &Co what it is today. We are confident that Aēsop’s growth story will continue under the ownership of L’Oréal and wish Aēsop continued success in this new chapter.”
THE WHY? Nicolas Hieronimus, Chief Executive Officer, L’Oréal Groupe, said, “I am very excited to welcome Aēsop and its teams to the L’Oréal Groupe family. Aēsop is the epitome of avant-garde beauty, whose products are not only made with great care and exceptional attention to detail; they are a superb combination of urbanity, hedonism and undeniable luxury. Aēsop taps into all of today’s ascending currents and L’Oréal will contribute to unleash its massive growth potential, notably in China and Travel retail.”