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Avon Slashes Dividend by 74% as Q3 results Plunge, Missing View (AVP)

Posted: 11/1/2012 8:26:00 AM
Referenced Stocks: AVP

Beauty products maker Avon Products, Inc. ( AVP ) on Thursday posted disappointing third quarter earnings results and cut its quarterly dividend payout by 74% in an effort to conserve costs.

The New York-based company reported third quarter net income of $31.6 million, or 7 cents per share, compared with $164.2 million, or 38 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding special items, adjusted profit was 17 cents per share.

Revenue fell 7% from last year to $2.51 billion.

On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much higher profit of 22 cents per share, on larger revenue of $2.58 billion.

In a separate announcement, AVP slashed its quarterly dividend payout by nearly 74% as part of a larger cost-cutting plan. The new dividend of just 6 cents per share (down from 23 cents) will be paid on Dec. 3 with an expected ex-dividend date of Nov. 13.

Avon shares fell 44 cents, or -2.9%, in premarket trading Thursday.

Avon Products, Inc. ( AVP ) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 2.8 out of 5 stars.

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