Remember Victor Kiam's spots for Remington razors? He was so impressed that he bought the company? Well, he has since moved on -- at one time owning the now playoff-worthy New England Patriots. Remington is Rayovac's
"We were so impressed with Remington," Rayovac would say, "we're dismantling the company."
Well, okay, maybe Remington isn't actually being dismantled. However, Rayovac will be closing down Remington's service centers and relocating the subsidiary's operations closer to its flagship's digs. Rayovac may call it synergy. Norelco nostalgics would call it "gotcha!"
Third in the battery space, behind Energizer
It's not as if Rayovac is smarting financially. Last week, it announced that it would be putting up better than expected fiscal first-quarter results. The timing of the restructure may come off as ironic then, given that Rayovac labeled Remington's sales growth as "favorable." However, the move is not about past performance. It's about the right to consume what's on your plate -- and, well, the expectations that it will save the company between $30 million and $35 million a year in the process.
The problem is that when a company usually throws out a figure of how much a certain cost-cutting move will save the company it rarely lives up to that claim. With just 33 million shares outstanding, Rayovac's target implies that if all things were equal it would be netting roughly a buck more per share in pre-tax profits come next year.
Color me skeptical. And, while we're at it, why is a battery company running an electric razor company anyway? At least Energizer and Gillette are pushing disposable razors that seem to fall into their consumer non-durables strength of shelf-steady items that are replenished perpetually. The only thing that makes literary sense here is what the battery maker will be reporting as a result of this move -- a charge.
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