Coty earnings miss expectations but CoverGirl making gains

Coty Inc. stock sank 4.6% in Monday premarket trading after the global beauty company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings missed expectations. Net loss totaled $18.5 million, or 2 cents per share, after a loss of $271.6 million, or 36 cents per share, last year. Adjusted EPS was breakeven after a loss of 14 cents last year. The FactSet EPS consensus was for a penny per share. Revenue of $1.028 billion was down from $1.063 billion last year and ahead of the FactSet consensus for $1.026 billion. The company is in the midst of a strategic growth plan, with the CoverGirl brand gaining market share in the U.S. over the past five weeks. The plan also includes re-positioning plans for Rimmel and Max Factor in Europe and cutting sales in what Chief Executive Sue Nabi called “low-quality channels.” Coty reiterated its guidance for full-year revenue of $4.5 billion to $4.6 billion and cost reductions of about $300 million in fiscal year 2021. The FactSet consensus is for full-year revenue of $4.536 billion. Coty stock has gained 47.3% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index has gained 12.7% for the period.

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