Reversing a sale from a decade ago, Revlon is getting back into the professional side of the beauty biz in a big way, with the reported acquisition of The Colomer Group (“TCG”), a privately-held beauty care company focused on the professional salon channel which includes CND, American Crew and Revlon Professional (currently a licensed brand) for $660 million in an all-cash transaction. 

According to a press release, the purchase is expected to close in the last three months of 2013.Revlon Purchases Colomer Group for $660 Million

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. 

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.”

Lorenzo Delpani, Chief Executive Officer of TCG commented, “I am delighted that we are joining the Revlon family. My leadership team and the entire Colomer organization are very proud of our accomplishments in building our business, and we look forward to working with Revlon and continuing the positive momentum of our company.”

Mr. Ennis concluded, “Revlon will work collaboratively with the TCG organization to ensure a smooth transition and integration of the collective business. Lorenzo and his leadership team will play a key role in the integration and with respect to the continued success of TCG’s business. This is a tremendous opportunity to both re-unite the Revlon brand name and for Revlon to continue to drive profitable growth.”

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