Revlon Inc. posted a $36.5 million net loss for its second quarter.
The loss is a big dip from the company’s $8.3 million in income for the prior-year period, and was driven in part by higher interest expense and gross margin decline. Revlon had $645.7 million in sales, up 32.1 percent year-over-year. (In the 2016 reporting period, the company didn’t yet own Elizabeth Arden.)
Revlon said declining consumption in core beauty categories in North America, in the mass retail channel, offset international growth. Revlon color cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden products posted strong sales, but these were offset by declines at Almay, SinfulColors, CND and American Crew.
“While our financial performance and sales results in the U.S. remained soft in a challenging retail environment, we are encouraged by the global growth of our iconic Revlon and Elizabeth Arden brands, our international sales, which remain robust, and the key strategic initiatives that we have implemented during the quarter, which we expect will drive sequential improvements in company performance,” said Revlon chief executive officer Fabian Garcia.
He highlighted several moves the company made recently, including securing shelf space for a refreshed Almay, new campaigns for Revlon and Elizabeth Arden, focusing expansion on large and fast-growing geographies and an acceleration of its innovation process. The company also delivered $24 million in synergies for the first half of the year — $50 million to $60 million of synergies are expected in 2017.
“During the quarter we continued to take measures to enhance our digital capabilities and competitiveness, strengthened our brands and their global distribution and further refined our long-term strategy for profitable growth,” Garcia said.
The figures come after Garcia reorganized Revlon into divisions that focus on brands rather than distribution channels, and after a number of personnel changes. The company’s chief financial officer exited in June, following the Arden acquisition, and Revlon has added Serge Jureidini as president of Elizabeth Arden and the company’s Global Fragrances. JuE Wong, previously the president of Arden, and George Cleary, former president of Fragrances, left the business. Allure magazine founder Linda Wells also joined as chief creative officer.