Forbes  May 21  Comment 
Owing to the decline in demand for contractual jobs in America and internal restructuring that disrupted the sales force, Avon’s active representative base declined by 4% in 2014 to reach 5.96 million. Assuming that Avon’s efforts in creating...
TheStreet.com  May 18  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A takeover bid for Avon  last week proved to be a fake, but the boost it gave to the company's stock is lingering nonetheless. Avon shares closed at $7.18 on Monday, about 8% higher than its close of $6.67 on May...
TheStreet.com  May 18  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Last Thursday's announcement that Avon was subject to a bid from a so called "PTG Capital" turned out to be a hoax, yet it hit the New York Stock Exchange hard with long-lasting effects, revealing once again...
New York Times  May 15  Comment 
The chief financial officer of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory said his company spent time and money investigating the case in December 2012.
Wall Street Journal  May 15  Comment 
Our weekly stock-prediction feature looks at Avon Products, after what appears to have been a bogus takeover bid.
Clusterstock  May 15  Comment 
(Reuters) - FBI officials have started to review a suspicious buyout bid for cosmetics company Avon Products Inc by purported acquirer PTG Capital Partners, Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The review is in...
Benzinga  May 15  Comment 
Paul La Monica was recently a guest on #PreMarket Prep, a daily trading idea radio show hosted by Joel Elconin and Dennis Dick. CNNMoney Digital Correspondent Paul La Monica discussed Thursday's unusual scenario where a suspicious SEC filing...
TheStreet.com  May 15  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- One of the biggest strengths of the Securities and Exchange Commission's electronic filing system is how quickly it can share documents containing potentially lucrative information on American businesses with investors...
Wall Street Journal  May 15  Comment 
The bidder of an apparently bogus takeover offer was said to be registered in a cluster of Indian Ocean islands.


Avon (NYSE:AVP) makes beauty and personal care products, including various types of cosmetics - lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, basically anything that would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift - apparel and accessories, and home and decoractive products. Avon's products face intense competition, from companies like Estee Lauder Companies (EL) and Revlon (REV), in all of its markets from both global and regional mid-end brand personal care products. To combat competition and improve brand recognition in US and global markets, Avon launched a Turn-around Plan in that included strategic initiatives to reduce costs, increased advertising spending, improve product quality, and improve sales profitability.

While the majority of Avon's competitors distribute their products to resellers such as department stores, drugstores, or cosmetic stores, Avon sells its products solely through its direct-selling channel of independently-contracted Active Sales Representatives and through its online website. However, the company's direct-selling business model is at risk for incurring more costs due to Representative dissatisfaction and global legal restrictions. Due to the company's reliance on its direct-selling business model, earning potential and satisfaction of its Representatives and maintaining its business model are essential for the company's success in global markets.

Company Overview

Avon produces and sells consumer packaged goods worldwide through its direct selling boutique store channel and its online channel.

Business Segments

Avon's revenues come from three main categories:

Business Growth

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