New Revolution Beauty boss shocked by its ‘ethical values’
New chairman of scandal-hit Revolution Beauty admits ‘standard of ethical values and good conduct’ fell short under previous leadership
The new chairman of the scandal-ridden Revolution Beauty admitted that the “standard of ethical values and good conduct” had fallen short under the previous leadership as it reported mounting losses.
Derek Zissman made the comments just a day after taking over the job from the cosmetic company’s now-deceased co-founder, Tom Allsworth.
It came as it published delayed results with a loss of £44.9m for the year to February 28, 2022. That followed a loss of £17.8m years earlier.
Last year, BDO’s accountant noted ‘serious concerns’ about the annual accounts, as a result of which the company missed its deadline for reporting the figures and its shares were suspended.
A probe identified issues such as £9.6 million in sales that should not have been counted towards the annual turnover figures. Zissman yesterday acknowledged “some findings show that the standard of ethical values and good conduct was not at the level expected of a plc.”
Fall from grace: Revolution grew to be a favorite of the likes of Abby Roberts (pictured), a British makeup influencer
Revenues were about £23m lower than a year ago indicated in an update to investors. Turnover was reduced from £194 million to £184.6 million.
The report warned of “material uncertainty” about the ability to proceed and a qualification of accountants, meaning they are concerned about aspects of the accounts.
Zissman said, “While these results are significantly below the previous management team’s forecast, they reflect a robust company with a strong brand, loyal following and significant potential. We now expect Revolution Beauty to return to normalized trading.”
Allsworth and Adam Minto founded the company a decade ago and it grew into a favorite of the likes of Abby Roberts, a British makeup influencer. Minto stepped down as CEO last fall, while Allsworth stepped aside to be replaced by Zissman on Thursday.