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Energizer Q2 diluted EPS ascends 16.3%
May '14
Energizer Holdings, Inc. announced results for the second fiscal quarter, which ended March 31, 2014. The Company reported net earnings per diluted share of $1.57, an increase of 16.3% and adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $1.88, up 4.4%, compared to the prior year second fiscal quarter.
Second Fiscal Quarter Highlights (Unaudited)
Following is a summary of key second fiscal quarter 2014 results. All comparisons are with the second fiscal quarter 2013, unless otherwise stated.
-Net earnings per diluted share of $1.57, up 16.3%
-Adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $1.88, up 4.4% (a)
-Net sales of $1,062.4 million, down 3.1% (down 6.1% on an organic basis) (b)
-Gross Margin decrease of 60 basis points (up 150 basis points exclusive of (1) currencies (110 basis points); (2) the impact of lower feminine care acquisition margins (80 basis points); and (3) acquisition inventory valuation adjustment (20 basis points))
-SG&A as a percent of net sales improved 40 basis points (or 60 basis points exclusive of acquisition costs and restructuring related charges). 
"Second quarter adjusted net earnings per diluted share were in-line with our expectations as we continue to make excellent progress with our cost savings initiatives," said Ward M. Klein, Chief Executive Officer.  
"Our focus on cost optimization has provided the financial flexibility needed to offset top-line challenges, increased competitive pressures and continued currency headwinds. We expect that top-line performance will improve in the second half for our Personal Care Division behind strong execution of our innovation plans and anticipated improved category performance. 
“Although the top line will remain challenging for Household Products, we believe that continued focus on cost optimization, cash flow generation and sustained investments in support of our brands will help position the business for future success. We have maintained our adjusted earnings per share outlook of $7.00 to $7.25," continued Mr. Klein.
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