Revlon Inc. reported increased profits for its first quarter, which ended March 31, of $11 million at 21 cents a share, over last year’s loss of $900,000, aided in part by lower foreign currency headwinds. Revlon earned 25 cents a share compared with a penny a year ago. Net sales were up 0.3 percent to $439.6 million, while EBITDA fell 5.3 percent to $675 million.

Consumer segment sales fell 1.3 percent to $320 million, though Revlon ColorSilk hair color, Cutex nail products and Sinful Colors cosmetics reported higher sales, they were offset by decreases in Revlon color cosmetics resulting from inventory reduction in the U.S. Sales of Mitchum anti-perspirant deodorants, which saw product innovations, also grew.

Professional sales increased to $115.1 million, up 2.7 percent as the launch of the Elvis marketing campaign for American Crew men’s grooming products helped drive sales. Profit in the segment remained the same as the same period for 2015, not including the $3 million gain related to the sale of non-core professional brands. Professional U.S. net sales increased $4.4 million, or 10.3 percent, driven by new point-of-sale and merchandising initiatives for Creme of Nature.

Revlon’s new CEO and President, appointed in March, Fabian Garcia, said, “I’m excited to have joined Revlon during a period of renewed growth and innovation. The company began 2016 with a solid start, growing top line net sales by 3.6 percent on an XFX basis. Growth in International Consumer and U.S. Professional net sales was especially strong at 7.5 percent, on an XFX basis, and 10.3 percent, respectively. While U.S. Consumer net sales decreased slightly by 0.5 percent, consumption remained strong and we gained share during the quarter. We will continue to execute our value creation strategy with a strong focus on innovation, driving the company to even greater success.”

For the quarter, the company gained $3.4 million on foreign currency compared with a loss of $15.9 million in the year-ago quarter. International consumer net sales increased by $9.2 million, or 7.5 percent, mainly driven by Argentina, Canada and the U.K. International net sales decreased $1.3 million, or 1.8 percent, caused by lower net sales within the International region for CND nail products, mainly in Russia. American Crew men’s grooming products showed higher net sales internationally which helped the bottom line.

Chairman Ronald O. Perelman this past January said that he was investigating strategic alternatives for the company.