P&G Scraps Deal to Buy Billie Razor Startup

Elvera Bartels

Procter & Gamble has named off its planned takeover of women’s razor startup Billie, citing regulatory action to block the deal as anti-aggressive.

The Federal Trade Commission submitted a complaint previous month alleging the deal was “likely to outcome in significant hurt by removing level of competition in between the market leader and an critical and escalating head-to-head competitor.”

P&G owns the Gillette razor brand though Billie has identified a market niche by selling discounted women’s razors and attacking the field for its “pink tax” apply of charging more for women’s goods.

“We had been unhappy by the FTC’s decision and manage there was fascinating probable in combining Billie with P&G to far better serve more individuals around the globe,” the providers claimed in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Having said that, they added, “after owing consideration, we have mutually agreed that it is in both of those companies’ very best pursuits not to have interaction in a prolonged lawful challenge, but as an alternative to terminate our arrangement and refocus our means on other business priorities.”

P&G introduced in January 2020 it would receive New York-centered Billie for an undisclosed sum. The consumer goods large claimed the membership-centered, immediate-to-consumer brand “complemented” its own razor products portfolio dominated by the Gillette and Venus brands.

“The proposed acquisition came soon after many years of declining market share for P&G as identical digitally-targeted discounted razor competitors, these as Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s, emerged to challenge the company’s worldwide dominance in shaving,” the Cincinnati Enquirer claimed.

Grooming was the only unit that posted a product sales decline when P&G claimed its quarterly final results in October 2019.  The acquire of Billie will “allow us to additional get to millennial and Gen Z ladies by a fresh new, daring mindset,” the unit’s chief govt claimed.

But the FTC claimed the merger would most likely hurt individuals by bigger rates for women’s razors and “arrests Billie’s development as it was on the cusp of increasing into brick-and-mortar retail merchants.”

“Procter & Gamble’s abandonment of the acquisition of Billie is excellent news for individuals who benefit small rates, quality, and innovation,” Ian Conner, director of the FTC’s bureau of level of competition, claimed Tuesday.

Courtesy of P&G
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