Energizer Holdings, Inc. is an American manufacturer and one of the world's largest manufacturers of batteries, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.[2][3][4][5] It produces batteries under the Energizer, Ray-O-Vac, Varta, and Eveready brand names and formerly owned several personal care businesses until it separated that side of the business into a new company called Edgewell Personal Care in 2015.

Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Company typePublic
S&P 600 Component
IndustryConsumer goods
Founded1896; 128 years ago (1896) (as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company)
2000 (spun off from Ralston Purina Company)
July 1, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-07-01) (current structure)
HeadquartersTown and Country, Missouri, U.S.
Key people
Mark LaVigne (CEO)
RevenueIncrease US$3.0215 billion (Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
Increase US$154.2 million (Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
Increase US$160.9 million (Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
Total assetsDecrease US$5.007 billion (Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$355.7 million (Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
Number of employees
≈6,000 (worldwide, Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021)[1]
ParentUnion Carbide (1980-1986)

In January 2018, Energizer announced it was purchasing the global battery and lighting division from Spectrum Brands, which includes the Ray-O-Vac and Varta brands, for $2 billion in cash.[6] This acquisition was finalized in January 2019 after a lengthy regulatory approval process.

Energizer brand logo used since 2009.


An Energizer AA battery

The company has its foundation in the Eveready Battery Company, which in 1980 changed the name of its Eveready Alkaline Power Cell to Energizer. In 1986, corporate parent Union Carbide sold Eveready Battery to Ralston Purina. In 2000, Ralston spun off Eveready, and the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange as Energizer Holdings, Inc.

In 2003 under the leadership of then chief executive officer J. Patrick Mulcahy, Energizer Holdings started expanding into the personal care product sector by buying personal care and razor brand Schick and razor brand Wilkinson Sword from Pfizer.

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Energizer worked with the Red Cross to donate flashlights, batteries, razors, and funds to help Hurricane Katrina relief workers and victims.[7] On November 3, 2005, Energizer Holdings Inc. said that higher sales of its Schick razors and blades partially offset lower sales of its batteries in North America. On a constant-currency basis, sales at Energizer rose 4 percent in its fourth quarter.[8]

In October 2007, the company acquired Playtex Products, Inc. for $1.9 billion. The purchase included sunscreen brand Hawaiian Tropic, which Playtex had bought a few months earlier, and Sun Pharmaceuticals Corp., which manufactures the Banana Boat sunscreen products.[9]

In 2009, Energizer acquired Edge and Skintimate shaving gels from S.C. Johnson & Son.[10][11]

In 2010, the company released a new "Energizer Advanced Lithium" line as their top-performing product series.[12]

In October 2010, Energizer announced it was the winning bidder for the privately held American Safety Razor in a bankruptcy court auction.[13]

On October 19, 2012, Energizer Holdings said it was withdrawing 23 varieties of its Banana Boat brand of UltraMist spray-on sunscreen lotion from stores due to the risk of it igniting when exposed to fire.[14]

On July 31, 2013, Energizer bought the Stayfree, Carefree, and o.b. brands from Johnson & Johnson for $185 million. The purchase was only for the brands in North America – Johnson & Johnson continues to own the brands in all other regions of the world.[15]

On April 30, 2014, Energizer announced that by September 2015, it would separate its two lines of business into two publicly traded companies. With revenue of $1.9 billion in the latest fiscal year, the household business would have Energizer chairman J. Patrick Mulcahy as its chairman and unit chief Alan Hoskins as CEO. It would sell batteries, flashlights, and lamps. The personal care company, whose revenue was $2.6 billion, would have Energizer CEO Ward Klein serving as chairman and current unit head David Hatfield as CEO, and would sell feminine products from Playtex, Carefree, o.b. and Stayfree; shaving products from Schick, Edge, Skintimate and Wilkinson Sword; and suntan products from Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat.[16][17]

In 2016, Energizer acquired HandStands Holding Corporation, a leading designer and marketer of automotive fragrance and appearance products. 2018 Energizer expanded its auto care portfolio with the Nu Finish auto appearance brands.[18]

In January 2018, Energizer announced it was purchasing the global battery and lighting division from Spectrum Brands, which includes the Ray-O-Vac and Varta consumer batteries brands, for $2 billion in cash.[6] This acquisition was finalized in January 2019. However, in May of the same year, the EU antitrust authorities ordered the household battery production of the Varta brand to be let go. Varta quickly bought this to reunite the brand, though Energizer still holds the VARTA brand for the Latin America and Asia Pacific markets.[19][20]



As of 2021, Energizer has six operational facilities in the United States. It also has a manufacturing facility in Singapore since 1946, supplying the Asia and Oceania markets.[21] Singapore is home to Energizer's largest international plant, which is also the only Energizer facility outside the United States capable of producing alkaline and lithium batteries.[22]

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  22. ^ "Energizer Asia". energizer.asia. Energizer. Retrieved 3 October 2021. Our Singapore manufacturing plant in Jurong is the largest Energizer plant outside of the United States, producing Alkaline and Lithium AA and AAA batteries.