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Harbinger Group Inc. Reports Fiscal 2012 Results

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Net sales increased $65 million, or 2%, to $3,252 million in Fiscal 2012 from $3,187 million in Fiscal 2011. Excluding negative foreign exchange impacts of $73 million, net sales increased $138 million, or 4%. The pet supplies, home and garden control products, electric shaving and grooming products, and electric personal care products all reported higher revenues in the full year compared to the previous year, with the strongest growth in the higher margin pet supplies and home and garden product lines, which reported year-on-year sales increases of 6% and 9% respectively, helped by gains due to the FURminator and Black Flag acquisitions.

Consumer Products gross profit, representing net sales minus cost of goods sold, for Fiscal 2012 was $1,115 million compared to $1,129 million during Fiscal 2011, representing a $14 million decrease. Gross profit margin, representing gross profit as a percentage of net sales, for Fiscal 2012 decreased to 34% from 35% in Fiscal 2011. The decrease in gross profit and gross profit margin for Fiscal 2012 was driven by $36 million of negative foreign exchange impacts, a $17 million increase in commodity prices and higher costs for sourced goods, primarily from Asia, and a $12 million increase in costs due to changes in product mix. These factors contributing to the decline in gross profit were tempered by increased organic sales which contributed $31 million of gross profit and Fiscal 2012 acquisitions which contributed $23 million of gross profit.

For more information on HGI’s Consumer Products segment, interested parties should read Spectrum Brands’ announcements and public filings, including Spectrum Brands’ fourth quarter earnings announcement, by visiting Spectrum Brands’ website:

Insurance and Financial Services:

Insurance fixed indexed annuities (“FIA”) product sales grew 152% from Fiscal 2011 to $1.6 billion on market share gains by Prosperity Elite SM indexed annuities, solidifying FGL’s position as a top ten writer of FIAs, and bringing total FIA sales in the first nine months of calendar 2012 to over $1.2 billion. Full year fiscal 2011 FIA sales include $327 million in sales for the six-month period prior to HGI’s acquisition of FGL. Policy surrenders were lower than expected as a result of strong renewals of maturing blocks of multi-year rate guaranteed annuities policies and lower fixed index annuity surrenders as a result of favorable index credits resulting from strong equity market conditions. FGL has approximately $17.8 billion of cash and invested assets under management as of September 30, 2012 compared to $16.6 billion as of September 30, 2011.

In the first full fiscal year of HGI ownership, the Insurance segment reported operating income of $164 million for Fiscal 2012 driven by $132 million realized investment gains net of insurance related intangibles amortization. The realized investment gains were a result of strategic portfolio re-positioning trades to shorten the overall portfolio duration in anticipation of rising interest rates. Additionally, since September 30, 2011, FGL moved $12.5 billion of assets to in-house management, which reduced external asset management fees by $4 million.

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