Jan 21, 2016
Avon outlines plans to save $350 mln in next three years
Jan 21, 2016
Struggling cosmetics maker Avon Products Inc expects to reduce about $350 million in costs over the next three years, Chief Executive Sheri McCoy said at the company's investor day on Thursday.
The company's shares were up 7.8 percent at $2.62 in late morning trading.
Avon is also looking at "all alternatives" for its China business, which represents about 1 percent of total sales, McCoy said.
Cerberus Capital, which said last month it would buy a majority stake in Avon's North America business, said on Thursday it had identified "significant operational efficiencies" in the region.
The hedge fund, which plans to buy a 16.6 percent stake in Avon, said its operating plan for the direct-selling pioneer included job cuts.
Direct-selling was not a dying business model, Steven Mayer, senior managing director of Cerberus, said, adding there were "zero concerns about liquidity" at Avon.
Analysts have raised questions about Avon's direct-selling model and whether the company had enough money to continue its business.
Shareholder Barington Capital, which had been critical of Avon's deal with Cerberus, was not immediately available for comment.
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