Coty’s strong Q4 performance, with double digit growth in both sales and profits, came in ahead of expectations and recently raised guidance. Q4 reported sales increased 16% or 17% on a LFL basis to $1,351.6 million, ahead of its recently raised guidance of 12-15% LFL growth in Q4. This concluded a very strong year for the company.
Meanwhile, FY23 reported net revenues of $5,554.1 million increased 5% year-over-year, including a negative FX impact of 5%. Core LFL revenue increased 12%, driven by core LFL increases in Prestige of 13% and Consumer Beauty of 11%. The full year negative impact on the business from the Russia exit was approximately 220 bps.
Commenting on the operating results, Sue Y. Nabi, Coty’s CEO, said: “Today’s FY23 results mark the third consecutive year that Coty has delivered strong financial, operational and strategic performance, and the twelfth consecutive quarter of results inline to ahead of expectations. We are incredibly proud of the focus and agility that we see across the whole Coty organization as we continue to amplify our strengths, adjust to evolving market conditions, and capture new opportunities, all of which has enabled us to deliver results which are again amongst the best in our competitive set.”
Coty’s sales were driven by consistent momentum in both divisions, supported by strong global beauty demand across categories, geographies and channels. Importantly, core LFL growth for both Q4 and FY23 included low single digit volume growth and approximately 10% benefit from price & mix.
Prestige segment led during the quarter, with both reported and LFL sales growth of 21% versus the prior year. For FY23, the Prestige segment grew 5% as reported while core LFL revenues grew a robust 13%. The momentum in the fragrance category remained in full effect, with the prestige fragrance market growing over 10% in both Q4 and for the full year. Coty’s prestige fragrance revenues outperformed the market, growing over 20% in Q4 and a low teens percentage in FY23 on a core LFL basis. Importantly, this strong performance in Coty’s fragrance portfolio remained broad-based, with all its top brands growing double digits LFL in FY23.
Coty once again delivered industry-leading innovations during the year, including Burberry Hero EDP and Burberry Her Elixir, Hugo Boss Parfum and Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine, while the Chloe Atelier des Fleurs line continued to excel in the ultra- premium fragrance segment in Asia.
The Company continued to strengthen the foundation of its fragrance portfolio during FY23, through the extension of the Hugo Boss, Davidoff and Jil Sander licenses, together with the expansion and extension of the Marc Jacobs license, which now includes plans to launch a prestige cosmetics line.
In spring 2023 Coty kicked off its prestige skincare acceleration strategy, with new launches and strong in-market activations behind Lancaster and philosophy. These initiatives saw very positive early results, with revenues for both Lancaster and philosophy up double digit percentages in Q4. Revenues for Coty’s prestige cosmetics were pressured in the early part of the year by the Chinese lockdowns, but rebounded strongly in Q4 with over 25% LFL growth.
Consumer Beauty revenue rose 9% as reported in Q4, with core LFL growth of 10%, driven by strong growth across all categories. For FY23, Consumer Beauty grew 5% as reported, while core LFL revenues grew 11%, including high single digit to double digit LFL growth across the majority of Coty’s leading brands. In FY23, Coty continued to lean into the market-leading trends of clean beauty with the launches of CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Yummy Gloss, adidas’ Active Skin & Mind range, and Bourjois’ Healthy Mix foundation, as well as into skinified beauty with the launches of Max Factor’s Miracle Pure foundation and the extension of the CoverGirl Simply Ageless line.
Geographically, all regions contributed to the Company’s growth in Q4 and FY23. For the year, Americas grew 9% as reported and 10% LFL, EMEA grew 1% and 13% on a core LFL basis, and Asia Pacific grew 7% as reported and 13% LFL.
Entering FY24, the beauty market remains a strong and outperforming category, with ongoing premiumization trends. Coty is continuing to benefit from these positive trends, with momentum across its core categories, a strong innovation pipeline, and early wins in key white spaces.
The combination of these factors are fueling the Company’s expectations for FY24 for the core business to grow at the top of Coty’s medium term target range of 6-8% LFL. Reported FY24 revenues are expected to include neutral to 2% benefit from FX, primarily in first half of FY24, and a 1-2% scope headwind from the divestiture of the Lacoste license, concentrated in the second half of FY24.