In order to grasp the bad news he's been sifting through at Exide Corp., freshmen chief executive and retired Chrysler Corp. Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz multiplies everything by 20. That puts the bleak financial situation in Chrysler-sized numbers, he says. But even without a magnifying formula, the gravity of debt of $1.3 billion for a battery supplier with sales of about $2.2 billion should be pretty simple to understand for the man who helped fuel Chrysler's last turnaround. With ...

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