Avon, After Breakup, Explores Deal To Put Company Back Together: WSJ
Cosmetics maker Avon Products Inc, which split itself three years ago, has been considering a deal that would put the company back together, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Avon's directors have discussed a sale to Brazilian rival Natura & Co, and the talks include a scenario in which Natura would buy Avon's now private North American business, in addition to the publicly traded Avon, the report said, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The talks are preliminary and may not result in a deal, the report added.
"We never comment on this kind of speculation," an Avon spokeswoman told Reuters via email. "We remain firmly focused on delivering Avon's 'Open Up' transformation strategy."
Natura did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
New York-based Avon had sold a majority stake in its underperforming North American business to private equity firm Cerberus Capital in 2015, while retaining a roughly 20% interest.