TRESemme and Nexxus were acquired by ACV, and are now the company's best-performing brands.  Though Alberto-Culver Company is significantly smaller in size and revenues than its competitors Procter & Gamble Company (PG), and L'oreal (LRLCY), it has recorded greater growth than the rest of the industry. 
In 2009, ACV generated a net income of $117.8 million on revenues of $1.43 billion. This represents an 11.1% increase in net income and a 0.7% decrease in total revenues from 2008, when the company earned $106.0 million on $1.44 billion in revenue.
ACV has two reportable geographic business segments: "United States" and "International." In 2009, 63.9% of the company's revenue came from the United States and 36.1% came from international customers.
A significant portion of the company's net sales comes from a small. concentrated number of large customers with Alberto-Culver's top 5 customers representing 30%. Its largest customer is Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and the product decisions of the mass merchandiser directly affect Alberto-Culver and its sales. Particularly because long-term contracts are not used and sales are made on a store-to-store basis, the relationships and shelving decisions of Wal-Mart and other mass retailers that represent a significant portion of Alberto-Culver's sales has a powerful impact on the success and future growth of the company,
Alberto-Culver has made acquisitions of small companies with a high capacity for growth such as Nexxus and TRESemme and re-released them with improved marketing and brand image. Alberto-Culver's acquisitions, particularly TRESemme and Nexxus have boosted the company's sales. Nexxus has also helped fuel increased sales figures. Alberto-Culver's original products of Alberto VO5 had a decrease in sales which offset some of the increases made by their acquisitions. With acquisitions of companies being an integral part of Alberto-Culver's growth, the company runs risks of failing to continue to successfully choose and acquire companies with high growth, or the inability to effectively assimilate those companies.
The unsteady economy has dramatically decreased consumer confidence, with Consumer Price Index (CPI) hitting its lowest since 1992.  Still, Alberto-Culver has managed its restructuring and growth to maintain a strong balance sheet and record-high earnings in their third quarter, even after spending over $220 million in cash to repurchase shares and retire debt. In order to ensure continued growth, the company is consolidating its North-American supply chain and has closed their Puerto Rico manufacturing plant. The company is continuing growth of TRESemme by expanding internationally with a launch of TRESemme in Spain, which has had promising initial sales. Growth of the St. Ive's brand in latin America has also driven international sales. Nexxus and Alberto VO5 had constant, if not dramatic sales in the single digits. All brands contributed to Alberto-Culver's strong numbers in the third quarter.