Coty-subsidiary Philosophy has reported 205 lay-off notices to the State of Arizona, as required by Federal law. A Coty spokesperson declined to comment on the planned redundancies.
According to a report in Phoenix Business Journal, a ‘for lease’ sign has appeared at Philosophy’s Phoenix hub and two employees have confirmed reports that operations have decreased at the Arizona base.
The bath and body brand, formerly owned by the Carlyle Group, was acquired by the US beauty giant in 2010 for a reported US$1 billion and has delivered strong results for Coty, with six straight quarters of growth in 2013/14.
However, Coty now has its hands full with the merger of P&G’s beauty business; valued at US$12.5 billion, the 43 new brands will double the company’s size with pro forma combined annual revenues of US$10 billion, making Coty one of the world’s largest beauty companies in the world. Are Coty execs worried that Philosophy will get lost in the crowd?