Coty, which is a French manufacturer of fragrances, has filed to go public. The lead underwriters include BofA Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC), J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Coty plans to list either on the NYSE or NASDAQ with ticker of “COTY”.
Back in May, Coty tried to acquire Avon (NYSE:AVP) for $10.7 billion but the offer was rebuffed. Yet it seems likely that the company will continue to seek out major acquisitions.
Last year, Coty posted revenues of $4.1 billion, up from $3.48 billion in 2010. Net income came to $61.7 million.
During the past year, luxury company IPOs have fared very well, as seen with offerings from companies Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS).
–Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com