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Coty Begins Portfolio Pruning; Farewell, Younique

Executive Summary

Coty purchased a 60% stake in Younique in early 2017, touting the startup as “one of the most engaging and fastest-growing e-commerce companies in beauty.” However, growth in the social-selling business has slowed over the past year and “presenter” levels have declined despite enhancements to Younique’s compensation program, making it an not-so-surprising discard in Coty’s simplification effort.

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