LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), the leader in innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced a plan to deliver $20 million to $25 million in annual savings from a global cost savings project, that includes continued execution towards its asset light strategy.
“Itron continuously pursues ways to better utilize our talent, capital and infrastructure to more efficiently and effectively support our customers,” said Tom Deitrich, Itron's president and chief executive officer. “With this cost savings project, we are taking an opportunity to further align our operations with our strategy to increase focus on higher value solutions and optimize our supply chain. These actions will make Itron stronger and more resilient.”
This project will begin immediately and is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of 2022. Approximately 80% of the savings will improve gross margin with the remainder primarily focused on SG&A activities. The Company estimates a pre-tax restructuring charge of $55 million to $65 million. Of the total estimated charge, approximately $35 million to $45 million will result in cash expenditures, and the remainder relates to non-cash charges. The majority of the expense will be recognized in the third quarter of 2020.
Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.
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The impact caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic includes uncertainty as to the duration, spread, severity, and any recurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration and scope of related government orders and restrictions, impact on overall demand, impact on our customers’ businesses and workforce levels, disruptions of our business and operations, including the impact on our employees, limitations on, or closures of, our facilities, or the business and operations of our customers or suppliers. Our estimates and statements regarding the impact of COVID-19 are made in good faith to provide insight to our current and future operating and financial environment and any of these may materially change due to factors outside our control. For more information on risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please see Itron’s updated risk in Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of our latest 10-Q filing with the SEC.
Kenneth P. Gianella
Vice President, Investor Relations
Manager, Investor Relations