Harbinger Group Inc., Rayovac: Harbinger and Rayovac team up in support of the Starkey Hearing Foundation so the world may hear

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MINNEAPOLIS – Harbinger Group Inc., (NYSE: HRG) has joined with long-time Starkey Hearing Foundation supporter Rayovac, to help further the Foundation’s mission to foster greater understanding among people through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment.

Following the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 11th annual So the World May Hear Gala which took place on Sunday, July 24, 2011 and raised a record-breaking $7.2 million, Harbinger Group pledged its support together with Rayovac to ensure that the Foundation’s goal to bring the gift of hearing to those in need all over the world, continues.

“We count on the support of our corporate ‘hearing angels’ throughout the year, to help us promote hearing care and deliver the gift of hearing to those who need it,” said Bill Austin, founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation. “We extend our thanks to existing sponsors like Rayovac, as well as new partners such as Harbinger Group, whom we warmly welcome in joining us so the world may hear.”

Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands, is a corporate hearing angel for the Foundation and year-round supporter, helping to sponsor the annual gala, as well as providing batteries for each of the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s missions conducted around the world. The Foundation distributes more than 100,000 hearing aids each year through its domestic and international hearing missions, and as part of their model for success, a generous supply of Rayovac batteries is provided to each recipient to ensure long-term impact in restoring their hearing.

As a new member of the Starkey Hearing Foundation corporate team of supporters and sponsors, Harbinger Group, the parent company of Spectrum Brands, looks forward to making an impact by helping to make future hearing missions possible.

About Harbinger Group Inc.

Harbinger Group Inc. (NYSE: HRG) is a diversified holding company. The Company’s principal operations are conducted through subsidiaries that offer life insurance and annuity products, and branded consumer products such as batteries, pet supplies, home and garden control products, personal care and small appliances. The Company focuses on opportunities in these sectors as well as financial products, telecommunications, agriculture, power generation and water and natural resources. For more information on the Company, please see the Company’s website at http://www.harbingergroupinc.com

About Rayovac

Rayovac is a trusted brand of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a top manufacturer of consumer batteries in the United States and Latin America. Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. is a global consumer products company and a leading supplier of batteries, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn & garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents and portable lighting. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, included in its portfolio of widely trusted brands are Rayovac®, Remington®, Varta®, George Forman®, Black&Decker Home®, Toastmaster®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, and HotShot®. Spectrum Brands’ products are sold by the world’s top 25 retailers and are available in more than one millions stores in more than 120 countries around the world. Spectrum Brands’ businesses generate annual revenue from continuing operations in excess of $3 billion. For more information, visit http://www.rayovac.com.

About The Starkey Hearing Foundation

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is striving to foster greater understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help correct that disability. Each year, the Foundation delivers more than 100,000 hearing aids through hearing missions in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam. Since 2000, the Foundation has supplied nearly 498,000 hearing aids to people in need and is striving to achieve its goal of distributing over one million free hearing aids in this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing, the Foundation partners with Best Buy and the Grammy Foundation to promote ‘safe hearing’ and hearing loss prevention among teens and young people, through its national program, SoundMatters™. For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.