Commenting on Q3 financial results and strategic outlook, Camillo Pane, Coty CEO, said: “Q3 was a better quarter. The underlying net revenue trend, excluding the contributions from ghd, Younique and one month of the Brazil Acquisition, improved sequentially to -2% at constant currency compared to a high single digit decline in the first half. This improvement was driven by good growth performance in the Luxury division, flat performance in Professional Beauty, and some improvement but continued negative performance in the Consumer Beauty division.
“Equally encouraging was the performance of our acquired businesses of the Brazil acquisition, Younique and ghd. These three businesses combined showed strong performance year over year, outperforming their respective markets and are expected to materially strengthen the growth profile of the total company.
“As to profits, our Q3 performance was very solid, with our adjusted operating income more than doubling in Q3 versus the prior year period, underlining the margin strength of our business. It is clear that fiscal 2017 is a transitional year and the path to recovery will take some time and will not be a straight line. For example, we expect the constant currency net revenue trends in Q4 excluding Younique and ghd to weaken sequentially versus Q3.”