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Kylie Jenner, Not COVID-19, Is to Blame for the S&P 500’s Weakest Stock

Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:19 PM
Francois Aure
Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:19 PM
  • The worst-performing stock in the entire S&P 500 is Coty Inc.
  • Despite a massive recovery in rivals like Estee Lauder and L’Oreal, the beauty company has hugely unperformed the U.S. stock market.
  • Controversy surrounding Kylie Jenner is likely the cause; can a partnership with Kim Kardashian-West save the day?

After tumbling 60% from its open in 2020, beauty company Coty Inc. (NYSE:COTY) has collapsed in value since the start of the pandemic. Don’t just blame COVID-19; this stock’s woes are mostly due to Kardashian family member Kylie Jenner.

Kylie Jenner’s Deal With Coty Has Not Gone Smoothly

When Kylie Jenner signed a massive deal with Coty in November 2019, things were looking up for the American beauty giant.

Coty Inc., Kylie Jenner, S&P 500
After an impressive 2019, Coty’s stock is the weakest in the S&P 500. | Source- Marketwatch 

Valuing Kylie Cosmetics at $1.2 billion, Forbes was quick to provide some free marketing for COTY stock after they announced Jenner as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire .

At the time CCN.com questioned this valuation (as well as the “self-made” moniker), and was subsequently proven correct after Forbes made a rare, and extremely public accusation that Jenner and the Kardashians had falsified her filings :

Kylie’s business is significantly smaller and less profitable than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe.

Ouch–that’s not good for a brand that exists solely on the reputation of a single individual. Jenner has denied she was involved in any deceit .

Video: Kylie Jenner Tours Her Office


It had already been a rough start to the year for Coty, with the pandemic gutting consumer demand and tanking the S&P 500 .

Kylie Cosmetics Sued by Seed Beauty

Unfortunately, the problems didn’t stop here for Coty. Seed Beauty, the exclusive manufacturer of Kylie Cosmetics products, accused the beauty giant of acquiring  the company as “subterfuge” to learn Seed’s confidential trade secrets.

The process has not gone smoothly. While the S&P 500 has risen like a phoenix, COTY stock is still languishing at the bottom of the pile.

Coty Inc., Kylie Jenner, Kardashian, S&P 500
Coty has been unable to match the S&P 500’s recovery. | Source: Yahoo Finance 

Bulls can’t even point to the sector struggling in general, as competitors Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL)  and L’oreal (OR.PA)  have performed much better.

Wall Street Rates Coty a “Hold”

Wall Street analysts are somewhat bullish on the company, as Nasdaq.com posted the following consensus view :

Based on analysts offering 12 month price targets for COTY in the last 3 months. The average price target is $5.64 with a high estimate of $8 and a low estimate of $4.

Kylie Jenner, Kardashian, S&P 500 stock
Wall Street expects COTY to recover. | Source: Nasdaq.com 

To salvage the miserable situation, Coty is doubling down on the Kardashian family, as Kim recently announced a high-profile collaboration with the corporation. The deal, which was announced July 2 , has helped boost Cody’s standing.

Video: Kim Kardashian-West Inks Deal With Coty Inc.

Still, after the damage caused by the Kylie Cosmetics debacle, it remains to be seen if having Kardashian-West on board can help get Coty back on track.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com. Unless otherwise noted, the author has no position in any of the securities mentioned.