NEW YORK — German conglomerate JAB Holdings is seeking a majority stake in Coty Inc., which makes CoverGirl, Max Factor and Hugo Boss brand cosmetics and fragrances.
JAB is offering to buy up existing stock from shareholders at $11.65 per share, marking a 20 per cent premium from its closing on Monday. Specifically, it’s hoping to buy up to 150 million shares which would boost its stake from 40 per cent to 60 per cent.
Coty’s board of directors has to consider the proposal.
Coty’s CEO, Camillo Pane, recently resigned from the New York company, which is facing supply chain and revenue issues. Pierre Laubies, who last ran JDE, a beverage company, took over in November. He also has a seat on the board.
In morning trading, Coty shares rallied 14 per cent to $11.02.
The Associated Press