The Estée Lauder Companies

FAQ's

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Company, its many brands, its publicly traded stock and other relevant information.

FAQ's 

Q:What is the stock symbol and CUSIP number for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Class A Common Stock?
A:The stock symbol is EL and the CUSIP number is 518439104.
Q:What stock exchange is EL listed on?
A:The New York Stock Exchange.
Q:When was the Company's Initial Public Offering and what was the offering price?
A: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).
Q:Who is the Company's transfer agent and how does a registered stockholder contact the agent for EL account information?
A: Computershare 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 inquire about missing dividend checks should contact:

By Mail:
Computershare
P.O. BOX 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
By Phone:
888-860-6295
http://www.computershare.com/investor
Q:How do I obtain the latest quarterly information and other financial literature?
A: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 Investor Relations section of this website. Also within the Investor Relations 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, New York 10153
Or by telephone at:
212-572-4384
Q:Is there a dividend reinvestment plan or a direct stock purchase plan?
A: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

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

Q:When was the last stock split?
A:The last stock split took place on January 20, 2012 after the Company’s Board of Directors declared a two-for-one common stock split.
Q:Does the Company pay dividends on its Class A Common Stock?
A:The Company currently pays a quarterly dividend of $.30 on its Class A Common Stock in March, June, September and December following declaration by the Board of Directors. 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.
Q:Does the Company have a share repurchase program?
A:Yes. The program was started in 1998. Through June 30, 2016, 216.0 million shares have been authorized and approximately 197.5 million shares have been repurchased. Funds come from internally generated cash flow and borrowings.
Q:Where can I get copies of Company documents filed with the SEC?
A: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
Q:When do the fiscal quarters end?
A:Our fiscal year ends on June 30th of each year. The first quarter ends September 30th, the second quarter ends December 31st, the third quarter ends March 31st, and the fourth quarter ends June 30th.
Q:How many employees does The Estée Lauder Companies have?
A:At June 30, 2016, we had approximately 46,000 full-time employees worldwide (including demonstrators at points of sale who are employed by us).
Q:How many shares are outstanding?
A: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. Lauder family members beneficially owned, in the aggregate, shares of common stock having about 87% of our voting power.
Q:What are The Estée Lauder Companies' new products?
A: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 "Brands" section of this website for further information on each brand.
Q:What companies / brands has The Estée Lauder Companies acquired / divested? What licenses has The Estée Lauder Companies obtained?
A:
DateCompany or BrandPrincipal Product LineType
February 2016 By Kilian Fragrance Acquisition
December 2015 Dr. Jart+/Do The Right Thing Skin Care Made investment
January 2015 Glamglow Skin Care Acquisition
January 2015Editions de Parfums Frederic MalleUltraluxury fragrancesAcquisition
November 2014Le LaboFragrance and sensory lifestyleAcquisition
October 2014RODIN olio lussoLuxury skin careAcquisition
June 2014GrassrootsSkin CareDiscontinued
June 2014American BeautyCosmetics, Skin care and FragranceDiscontinued
June 2012Sean JohnAmerican fashion houseDiscontinued
December 2011Missoni Milan fashion houseDiscontinued
October 2011Tory Burch American Sportswear Brand License for fragrance
September 2011MarniMilan fashion house License for fragrance
July 2011Ermenegildo ZegnaMilan fashion house License for fragrance and grooming
July 2010SmashboxCosmeticsAcquisition
January 2010PrescriptivesCustom colorDiscontinued wholesale distribution
July 2008Forest EssentialsIndian skin careAcquired minority equity interest
August 2007Rodan + FieldsSkin CareDivestiture
July 2007Ojon CorporationHair CareAcquisition
June 2007Gloss.comBeauty websiteDiscontinued
September 2006Bumble and bumble LLCHair careAcquired remaining equity interest
September 2006CoachLuxury handbagsLicense for beauty products
April 2006Stila Cosmetics, Inc.Professional makeupDivestiture
June 2005Kate Spade LLCLuxury handbags and accessoriesDiscontinued
May 2005MissoniMilan Fashion HouseLicense for beauty products
April 2005Tom FordFashion DesignerLicense for Fragrances
May 2004Sean JohnAmerican fashion houseLicense for beauty products
February 2004janeMakeupDivestiture
July 2003Rodan + FieldsSkin careAcquisition
May 2003Michael KorsAmerican fashion houseLicense for beauty products
April 2003Laboratoires DarphinSkin careAcquisition
July 2000gloss.comBeauty websiteChanel & Clarins take minority interest
June 2000Bumble and bumble LLCHair careAcquired majority equity interest
January 2000Toni Gard Fashion GmbHGerman fashion houseLicense for beauty products
November 1999Kate Spade LLCLuxury handbags and accessoriesLicense for beauty products
October 1999Jo Malone Ltd.Fragrance & skin care Acquisition
August 1999Stila Cosmetics, Inc.Professional makeupAcquisition
February 1998MACProfessional makeupAcquisition of remaining equity
December 1997Aveda CorporationHair care, makeup and skin careAcquisition
November 1997Donna Karan Int'l.American fashion houseLicense for beauty products
September 1997janeMakeupAcquisition
March 1997MACProfessional makeupAcquired add'l. equity interest
September 1996KitonItalian fashion houseLicense for beauty products
October 1995 Bobbi Brown essentialsProfessional makeupAcquisition
May 1995La MerSkin careAcquisition
December 1994MACProfessional makeupAcquired majority equity interest
December 1993 Tommy HilfigerAmerican fashion houseLicense for beauty products
Q:Where can I find historical financial statements for The Estée Lauder Companies?
A:You can find five years of historical financial statements in the Reports & Filings section of this site in downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
Q:What are The Estée Lauder Companies earnings release dates for the coming year?
A:Earnings release and conference call dates can be found in the News & Events section on this site. Additionally, archives of our last four quarters earnings conference calls can be accessed in the Events on this site.
Q:What accounting firm audits your financial statements?
A:KPMG LLP is The Estée Lauder Companies' independent accountant.
Q: When is the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders?
A: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.
Q:Where do I go for more answers to frequently asked questions?
A:Investors may contact the Investor Relations Department in writing at the above listed address, by telephone at 212-572-4384, or via email at irdept@estee.com.
Q:What is the Company’s policy on political engagement?
A:We conduct our relations with governments in places where we do business in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Please read our full policy on Political Engagement here.