January 14, 2019 / 12:52 AM / 6 months ago

Hong Kong's L'Occitane says to buy skincare brand ELEMIS for $900 million

FILE PHOTO - A store of French skin care and perfume retailer L'Occitane en Provence is seen in Zug, Switzerland August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beauty products maker and retailer L’Occitane International S.A. (0973.HK) said it will buy beauty and skincare brand ELEMIS for a maximum of $900 million as the Hong Kong-listed firm aims to build a portfolio of premium cosmetics brands.

“This is L’Occitane’s largest acquisition since listing and a major step forward in building a group of premium beauty brands,” L’Occitane’s chairman Reinold Geiger said in a statement late on Sunday.

The Hong Kong-listed firm said it would buy Elemis USA and Elemis Ltd from Steiner Leisure Ltd in a deal to be funded by cash on hand and bank borrowings. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

L’Occitane said the deal would help it strengthen its digital presence and skincare business in Britain and the United States, while ELEMIS could leverage on the company’s geographical presence to expand into new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Paul Tait

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