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Coty acquires interest in KKW beauty

Coty and Kardashian West said they will focus on entering new beauty categories and global expansion beyond existing product lines, which includes the development of a skincare line

Coty has announced the completed acquisition of a 20% ownership interest in Kim Kardashian West’s beauty business for $200m (£146m).

The acquisition was first announced in June 2020 and completed on schedule in Q3 fiscal year 2021.

Coty and Kardashian West said they will focus on entering new beauty categories and global expansion beyond existing product lines. This includes the development of a skincare line, which reportedly remains on track for an expected launch in fiscal year 2022.

Sue Y. Nabi, CEO of Coty, said: “Kim shares our true passion for beauty products, and this acquisition allows us to leverage our respective strengths for mutual benefit and value creation.

“Coty brings unique IP in skincare, the scientific knowledge of the skin as reflected in our formulation know-how, while Kim brings a huge global following and unparalleled influence over consumer choice.”

She added: “She has a unique ability to read the latest beauty and wellness trends, while we have the expertise on global product positioning, access to a vast global distribution network, and the resources to enter new beauty categories. I look forward to working closely with Kim and her team and I’m excited by everything we will achieve together.”

Kardashian West and her team will lead the creative efforts relating to product and “communications initiatives”, building on her global reach capabilities through social media.

Coty said it will have overall responsibility for the portfolio’s development, which includes skincare, haircare, personal care and nail products, as well as “leveraging” its understanding of the industry and its commercial and go-to-market expertise. Products will be sold through leading beauty retailers, as well as owned digital channels.

Kardashian West said: “I’m so proud of how the KKW brand has grown over the past four years, and I look forward to working with Coty for the next phase of innovation, advancement, and the ability to bring new launches to customers all around the world.

“This relationship will allow me to lead the development of the creative elements that I specialize in, while benefiting from the incredible resources of an established company like Coty.”

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