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Stock Questions

What is the stock symbol and CUSIP number for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Class A Common Stock?

The stock symbol is EL and the CUSIP number is 518439104.

What stock exchange is EL listed on?

The New York Stock Exchange.

When was The Estée Lauder Companies’ initial public offering and at what price did it go public?

The Initial Public Offering of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Class A Common Stock was on November 16, 1995, at a price of $26 per share ($6.50 on a post split basis).

Who is the Company's transfer agent and how does a registered stockholder contact the agent for EL account information?

Computershare, Inc. is the Company's transfer agent and registrar. Stockholders who wish to change the name and address or ownership of stock, report lost certificates or dividend checks should contact:

By Mail:
Computershare, Inc.
P.O. BOX 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
By Phone:
888-860-6295
http://www.computershare.com/investor

Does the Company pay dividends on its Class A Common Stock?

The Company currently pays a quarterly dividend of $.30 on its Class A Common Stock. Following a declaration by the Board of Directors, dividends on the common stock are expected to be paid typically in March, June, September and December. There can be no assurance that the payment of dividends will continue. More information on dividends is available in the dividend history section on this site.

Is there a dividend reinvestment plan or a direct stock purchase plan?

Yes. Computershare Trust Company, N.A. sponsors and administers the Computershare CIP Program, a dividend reinvestment and direct stock purchase program. The Program is designed for long-term investors who wish to invest and build their ownership in The Estée Lauder Companies over time. Key features of the Program are the following:

  • You can participate in the Program if you are a registered holder of shares of Class A Common Stock or you can participate by making an initial investment of at least $250 through the Program
  • Once you are a registered stockholder, you can elect to reinvest all or part of your dividends in additional shares of Class A Common Stock
  • You also have the option to purchase between $100 and $10,000 worth of Estée Lauder Class A Common Stock monthly
  • You can sell Class A Common Stock through the Program
  • Dividends will be paid on both whole and fractional shares of Class A Common Stock
  • You can deposit your certificates with the Administrator for safekeeping
  • There are small fees for the purchase or sale of shares through the Program. Investor Services Program fees are detailed in the Program's brochure, which can be obtained from the Program Administrator.

Questions about the Computershare CIP Program and requests for enrollment forms and brochures can be directed to the Program Administrator:

c/o Computershare, Inc.
P.O. Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
888-860-6295
http://www.computershare.com/investor

Has the Company had any stock splits?

Yes, the Company has had two stock splits. The first was on June 2, 1999, and the second was on January 20, 2012.

Regarding the January 20, 2012, stock split, where can I find the IRS Form 8937?

You may download the form here.

Does the Company have a share repurchase program?

Yes. Through June 30, 2016, 216.0 million shares have been authorized and approximately 197.5 million shares have been repurchased. Funds to repurchase our shares come from internally generated cash flow and borrowings.

How many shares are outstanding?

As of June 30, 2016, there were 222,989,573 shares of Class A Common Stock and 144,770,237 shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding. The Lauder family controls a majority of the outstanding voting stock.

Earnings Questions

How do I obtain the latest quarterly information and other financial literature?

Stockholders and other interested parties may access the latest quarterly or annual financial results 24 hours a day by calling our toll-free information line at 800-308-2334 or via the Investors section of this website. Also within the Investors section, the Company archives news releases.

Interested investors may also request materials via e-mail at irdept@estee.com or by writing to:

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Investor Relations
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153

Or by telephone at:
212-572-4384

When do the fiscal quarters end?

Our first quarter ends September 30th, the second quarter ends December 31st, the third quarter ends March 31st, and the fourth quarter ends June 30th. Our fiscal year ends on June 30th of each year.

What are The Estée Lauder Companies’ earnings release dates for the coming year?

Earnings release and conference call dates, as well as archives of our last four quarters earnings conference calls can be accessed in the Events & Presentations section on this site.

What accounting firm audits your financial statements?

KPMG LLP is The Estée Lauder Companies' independent accountant.

General Questions:

Where can I get copies of Company documents filed with the SEC?

Individuals may access Company documents filed with the SEC on the Internet through the SEC Filings section of this website or at www.sec.gov. Also, the Company's filings with the SEC can be received by calling the Company's toll-free information line, 800-308-2334, by contacting the Company via e-mail at irdept@estee.com, or by writing to the Investor Relations Department at:

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Investor Relations
767 Fifth Avenue, 40th Floor
New York, New York 10153

How many employees does The Estée Lauder Companies have?

At June 30, 2016, we had approximately 46,000 full-time employees worldwide (including demonstrators at points of sale who are employed by us).

Where can I find historical financial statements for The Estée Lauder Companies?

You can find five years of historical financial statements in the Historical Financial Information section of this site.

When is the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders?

The 2016 annual meeting of stockholders will be held on November 11, 2016 in New York City at The J. W. Marriott Essex House New York. Attendance at the annual meeting requires an admission ticket.

What is The Estée Lauder Companies’ sales mix by geographic region?

In fiscal 2016, The Americas represented 42% of net sales, Europe, the Middle East & Africa comprised 39% of net sales, and Asia/Pacific was 19% of net sales.

What is The Estée Lauder Companies sales mix by product category?

In fiscal 2016, skin care sales represented 39% of net sales, makeup was 42% of net sales, fragrance was 13%, hair care was 5% and other was 1%.

Brand Questions

What are The Estée Lauder Companies' new products?

The brands comprising The Estée Lauder Companies continually announce and launch hundreds of new products and numerous different color shades in any given year. Please refer to the Our Brands section of this website for further information on each brand.

What companies / brands/ licenses has The Estée Lauder Companies acquired, divested or discontinued?

Date Company or Brand Principal Product Line Type
July 2016 Marni Milan Fashion House Discontinued license
February 2016 By Kilian Fragrance Acquisition
December 2015 Dr. Jart+/Do The Right Thing Skin Care Made investment
June 2015 Coach Luxury Handbags Discontinued license for beauty
January 2015 GLAMGLOW Skin Care Acquisition
January 2015 Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Ultraluxury fragrances Acquisition
November 2014 Le Labo Fragrance and sensory lifestyle Acquisition
October 2014 RODIN olio lusso Luxury skin care Acquisition
June 2014 Grassroots Skin Care Discontinued
June 2014 American Beauty Cosmetics, Skin care and Fragrance Discontinued
June 2012 Sean John American fashion house Discontinued license for beauty products
December 2011 Missoni Milan fashion house Discontinued license for beauty products
October 2011 Tory Burch American Sportswear Brand License for fragrance
September 2011 Marni Milan fashion house License for fragrance
July 2011 Ermenegildo Zegna Milan fashion house License for fragrance and grooming
July 2010 Smashbox Cosmetics Acquisition
January 2010 Prescriptives Custom color Discontinued wholesale distribution
July 2008 Forest Essentials Indian skin care Acquired minority equity interest
August 2007 Rodan + Fields Skin Care Divestiture
July 2007 Ojon Corporation Hair Care Acquisition
June 2007 Gloss.com Beauty website Discontinued
September 2006 Bumble and bumble LLC Hair care Acquired remaining equity interest
September 2006 Coach Luxury handbags License for beauty products
April 2006 Stila Cosmetics, Inc. Professional makeup Divestiture
June 2005 Kate Spade LLC Luxury handbags and accessories Discontinued license
May 2005 Missoni Milan Fashion House License for beauty products
April 2005 Tom Ford Fashion Designer License for Fragrances
May 2004 Sean John American fashion house License for beauty products
February 2004 jane Makeup Divestiture
July 2003 Rodan + Fields Skin care Acquisition
May 2003 Michael Kors American fashion house License for beauty products
April 2003 Laboratoires Darphin Skin care Acquisition
July 2000 gloss.com Beauty website Chanel & Clarins take minority interest
June 2000 Bumble and bumble LLC Hair care Acquired majority equity interest
January 2000 Toni Gard Fashion GmbH German fashion house License for beauty products
November 1999 Kate Spade LLC Luxury handbags and accessories License for beauty products
October 1999 Jo Malone Ltd. Fragrance & skin care Acquisition
August 1999 Stila Cosmetics, Inc. Professional makeup Acquisition
February 1998 M·A·C Professional makeup Acquisition of remaining equity
December 1997 Aveda Corporation Hair care, makeup and skin care Acquisition
November 1997 Donna Karan Int'l. American fashion house License for beauty products
September 1997 jane Makeup Acquisition
March 1997 M·A·C Professional makeup Acquired add'l. equity interest
September 1996 Kiton Italian fashion house License for beauty products
October 1995 Bobbi Brown essentials Professional makeup Acquisition
May 1995 La Mer Skin care Acquisition
December 1994 M·A·C Professional makeup Acquired majority equity interest
December 1993 Tommy Hilfiger American fashion house License for beauty products

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