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Avon Products Inc.

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Ratings Distribution as of August 21, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 145 74.4%
Neutral 49 25.1%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 195 100%
% with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 23 88.5%
Neutral 3 11.5%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 26 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect “Buy” rated stocks to have an above-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors buy the securities at the current valuation.
  • Neutral: We generally believe “Neutral” rated stocks will have an average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months.
  • Sell: We generally expect “Sell” rated stocks to have a below-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors reduce their positions until the valuation or fundamentals become more compelling.

Risks and Considerations

  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Currency Exposure - Since the Company purchases its finished goods from foreign manufacturers and sell its products in transactions denominated in U.S dollars, a weakening of the U.S dollar could negatively impact the Company.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Discretionary Spending - The products the Company sells are largely discretionary in nature and any slowdown in consumer spending would have an unfavorable impact on the Company.
  • Distribution/Sales Dependency - The Company relies heavily on its indirect sales channel for much of its sales. A loss of a major distributor or changes in a distributor's payment practices could prove to be detrimental to future sales growth.
  • Dividend - The Company could choose to eliminate its dividend.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Execution - Management may not execute well on its restructuring efforts as it allocates capital and human resources towards acquisitions and related integration, possibly resulting in lower margins and cash flow.
  • Financial Results - The Company has a history of operating losses. Although the Company is focused on achieving profitability, there are no assurances that the Company will meet its goals or be able to sustain profitability in future periods.
  • Financial Results - The Company has raised money via public offerings several times in the past and may need to do so again if it can not sustain positive cash flow.
  • Financial Results - The Company is reviewing its accounting practices, which may result in a downward revision to historical prices.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Freight costs - Increases in freight costs caused by high gasoline prices or other factors could cause margin erosion or lost market share if the Company raises prices.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Liquidity and Solvency - The Company has a significant debt load and interest expense, which may hamper its ability to invest in the business. Also, the Company may need to raise additional capital in the future and access to such capital is difficult to predict.
  • Loss of Key Personnel - In our opinion, the current management team will be instrumental in executing the Company's growth strategy. The resignation of a key member of management would have a negative impact on the Company.
  • Pension Fund Liability - The Company's pension is currently under funded due to lower than expected investment returns over the last three years. The amount the pension is under funded by will fluctuate from period to period depending on the rate of the Company's investment return.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Recruitment and Retention - The Company depends on its consultants to generate business. Should the Company experience difficulties in recruiting new talent or retaining current employees, the Company's operating results may suffer.
  • Weather - The weather can significantly impact the Company's results.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.