Kylie Jenner is selling a stake of her beauty business to the CoverGirl owner Coty, in a deal that values the reality TV star’s company at about $1.2bn.
Coty said on Monday that it would pay $600m for a 51% stake in Kylie Cosmetics.
It plans to launch more products under the Kylie brand and sell them in more countries around the world. The deal is expected to be completed early next year.
Jenner, part of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality show family, founded her company in 2015, tapping into her hundreds of millions of social media followers to promote her popular lip liners and liquid lipsticks.
The 22-year-old, who is the youngest sister of Kim Kardashian West, will still be the face of the brand and be involved in creating new products.
“Kylie is a modern-day icon,” said Peter Harf, Coty’s chairman.
Coty hopes that the celebrity-backed business can help boost its sales and connect with younger shoppers under 35, a group that traditional makeup brands have struggled to reach. Coty’s other brands, including Max Factor makeup and Sally Hansen nail polish, have been around for decades.
Wendy Nicholson, an analyst at Citi Research, said that the deal could help Coty become a “faster growth company”. But she said a brand attached to a celebrity comes with risks, like the possibility that Jenner’s popularity could fade.
Coty said on Monday that Jenner was “not a fad”, citing her brand’s growing sales and social media followers. Kylie Cosmetics brought in about $177m in revenue in the last year, up 40% from the year before, the company said. And the brand’s Instagram followers grow by 7,000 a day.
Jenner’s products were only sold online when it was first launched, but last year the brand struck a deal to sell its goods in 1,100 Ulta Beauty stores. Jenner expanded her empire this year with Kylie Skin, a line of moisturizers, under-eye creams and facial scrubs.
“I’m excited to partner with Coty to continue to reach even more fans of Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin around the world,” Jenner said.
Kylie Jenner has huge social media clout and a cult following. A tweet last year in which she asked her 28 million Twitter followers “does anyone else not open Snapchat any more?” wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off the company’s stock market value.
Earlier this year, Forbes named then 21-year-old Jenner the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, beating Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg by two years.
By The Guardian