KEMET : Announces Rationalization Plan
07/30/2008| 08:16am US/Eastern
GREENVILLE, S.C., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation
(NYSE: KEM) announced today that it will rationalize certain corporate staff
and manufacturing support functions to further reduce costs and achieve its
financial goals. Approximately 640 employees will be affected as a result of
this action. The salaried workforce affected represents approximately 12% of
the Company's salaried workforce.
The Company expects to reduce its support costs by approximately $24
million in the remainder of the current fiscal year (approx. $36 million on a
full-year basis), and will accrue a severance expense of approximately $20
million, primarily in the quarter ended September 2008. Approximately 200
employees will be affected in the Company's U.S. operations, with the balance
at various facilities within Europe, Mexico and Asia.
"It is imperative that we match our support costs to the condition of our
current market environment," said Per Loof, KEMET's Chief Executive Officer.
"The actions we are taking today are painful and difficult for the KEMET
family. However, we must minimize our costs at the support level while
maintaining world-class service, product innovation, and quality to
successfully compete in our market and reach our goals. We are fully
committed to executing our strategies, which are designed to return KEMET to
profitability and create shareholder value," continued Loof.
KEMET Corporation (KEM) applies world-class service and quality to deliver
industry-leading, high-performance capacitance solutions to its customers
around the world. KEMET offers the world's most complete line of surface-mount
and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film,
aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. KEMET's common stock is listed
on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KEM. Additional information
about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com
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risks and uncertainties may be described from time to time in the Company's
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Contact: Dean W. Dimke
Director of Corporate and Investor Communications
William M. Lowe, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE KEMET Corporation