NEW YORK — Revlon today announced results for the year and the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012, with a 3.2% increase in overall net sales. Excluding unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations of $21.2 million, 2012 net sales increased by 4.8%.
"2012 was a very positive year," said Alan Ennis, Revlon's president and CEO. "We delivered top line growth of almost 5%, reflecting the effectiveness of our strategy. From a marketplace perspective, we introduced new, innovative products, which, together with effective brand communication and strong in-store execution, drove positive performance of our Revlon-branded products in many of our key regions. Our financial performance was strong as we again maintained highly competitive margins and delivered $84 million of free cash flow. We are also very pleased with the integration and performance during the year of our SinfulColors and Pure Ice acquisitions."
The increase was primarily driven by higher net sales of Revlon color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk hair color and SinfulColors color cosmetics, as well as the inclusion of the net sales of Pure Ice, partially offset by lower net sales of fragrances and other beauty care products.
Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $391.3 million, an increase of $31.5 million, or 8.8%, compared to $359.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations of $1.8 million, net sales increased by $33.3 million, or 9.3%.
“We are pleased with our performance in 2012, and as we enter 2013, we continue to focus on driving profitable growth,” Ennis concluded.