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Energizer Personal Care Helps Carry Q4 2012 Results, Announces Restructure Plans

Posted: November 9, 2012

Energizer Holdings, Inc. announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012. Net earnings for the quarter were $117 million, or $1.84 per diluted share, as compared to net earnings of $45.8 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011.

"We are pleased to report adjusted diluted earnings per share of $6.20 for fiscal 2012, which were at the top end of our outlook," said Ward Klein, Energizer’s CEO. "We remain pleased with our Hydro launches across the men's and women's segments and gained share in branded razors and blades during fiscal 2012. Even with significant competitive pressures, our personal care segment delivered solid profit growth with sustained sales. Despite declining global battery trends, our household products division delivered increased segment profit, excluding the impact of currencies, behind cost savings actions and targeted price increases. In addition, we continued to make progress in our working capital initiative, lowering our working capital as a percent of sales by 150 basis points in fiscal 2012.

"In a separate release today, we provided the details of our multi-year restructuring program. This initiative represents a significant and necessary change to our overall cost structure and organization and is expected to improve cash flow in household products while supporting growth in our personal care division," Klein continued. "We expect that the annualized, pre-tax savings will be approximately $200 million and should be fully realized in fiscal 2015. We anticipate approximately 25% of these savings will be invested in our brands and innovation pipeline resulting in a net, pre-tax earnings impact of approximately $150 million.

"For fiscal 2013, our initial financial outlook range for adjusted diluted earnings per share is $6.75 to $7.00, including estimated net cost savings from our restructuring efforts in fiscal 2013, but excluding restructuring costs. This represents growth in adjusted diluted earnings per share over fiscal 2012 of 9% to 13%,” Klein concluded.

For the fourth fiscal quarter, organic sales declined 1.5% due primarily to the negative impact in household products from decreased shelf space and reduced hurricane volume in the U.S., and continued global battery category volume softness. For the year, organic sales were down 1.2% due to lower household products net sales for the reasons noted above, which offset a slight increase in personal care sales.

Specifically in the company’s personal care division, sales were at $590.1 million for the quarter, a decrease of 2.5% from the same period the previous year. Organic sales were essentially flat due to a number of offsetting factors including: