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L’Oréal and Magic Holdings International Limited issued a joint announcement confirming the approval by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China to proceed with the implementation of the acquisition of Magic by L’Oréal.
L’Oréal and Magic have also confirmed that the other pre-conditions to the implementation of the transaction have been satisfied. The transaction is proposed to be implemented as a scheme of arrangement. A scheme document, providing further information about the transaction, will be dispatched to shareholders of Magic in due course. L'Oréal expects the transaction to close during the second quarter of 2014.
A specialist in cosmetics facial masks, Magic’s turnover in fiscal year 2012–2013 was approximately €160 million (+25% in Hong Kong dollars versus the previous fiscal year). Facial masks are one of China’s beauty market’s fastest growing areas with very promising development prospects. Magic’s MG brand is one of China’s leading brands in this category.
Relying on Magic’s management and teams, L’Oréal intends to develop this Chinese brand by contributing its science-based expertise and leveraging its advanced and applied research in China and across the world.
The MG brand complements L’Oréal’s consumer products division in China, spearheaded by two worldwide leading brands: L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline New York. (L'Oréal recently decided to pull its Garnier brand from the Chinese market.) By adding a major Chinese brand with a unique expertise to its portfolio, the L'Oréal's consumer products division will be able to further accelerate its conquest of new consumers in the strategic Chinese market.