Midlothian, TX, January 5, 2015 – Ennis, Inc. (the “Company”), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2014.
• Consolidated net sales increased 7.6% for the quarter and 7.2% for the nine month period.
• Print sales increased 8.9% for the quarter and 13.5% for the nine month period.
• Apparel sales increased 5.1% for the quarter.
• An apparel impairment charge impacted diluted EPS by $3.07 per share for the quarter and $3.05 for the period.
The Company’s consolidated net sales for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014 were $147.0 million compared to $136.6 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 7.6%. Print sales increased 8.9% from $89.7 million to $97.7 million and apparel sales increased 5.1% from $46.9 million to $49.3 million. Consolidated gross profit margin (“margin”) was $36.5 million for the quarter, or 24.8%, compared to $37.8 million, or 27.7% for the same quarter last year. Print margin was 30.2% for the quarter compared to 30.8% for the same quarter last year, while apparel margin, which continues to be negatively impacted by marketplace pricing pressures, was 14.2% for the quarter compared to 21.7% for the comparable quarter last year. Given the current and expected environment impacting the apparel division and the operational performance of the division over the last several years, the Company recognized an estimated impairment charge relating to the apparel division of $93.3 million during the quarter. As a result, net loss for the quarter was $(71.2) million, or $(2.76) per diluted share. Excluding the impairment charge, non-GAAP earnings for the quarter would have been approximately $7.9 million, or approximately $0.31 per diluted share compared to $9.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.
The Company’s consolidated net sales for the nine month period were $440.0 million, an increase of 7.2% over the comparable sales for the prior year of $410.3 million. Print sales were $283.9 million compared to $250.1 million for the same period last year, an increase of $33.8 million, or 13.5%. From a unit perspective, apparel sales for the nine months were slightly ahead of last year. However, due to the impact of pricing pressures in the marketplace, apparel sales decreased 2.6% to $156.1 million compared to $160.2 million for the same nine month period last year. Consolidated margin for the nine months was $110.1 million, or 25.0%, compared to $110.2 million, or 26.9%, for the same period last year. Print margin increased from 30.2% to 30.6%, while apparel margin decreased from 21.7% to 14.8% due to lower selling prices and higher input costs. As a result of the impairment charge in the third quarter, the consolidated net loss for the quarter was $(53.1) million, or $(2.05) per diluted share. Excluding the impairment charge, non-GAAP net earnings for the nine month period would have been approximately $26.0 million, or approximately $1.00 per diluted share compared to $27.7 million, or $1.06 per diluted share for the same period last year.
The Company believes the non-GAAP financial measures of 1) net earnings and diluted earnings per share on a proforma basis that exclude the impairment charge and 2) Adjusted EBITDA (Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and the impairment charge) provide important supplemental information to both management and investors regarding financial and business trends used in assessing its results of operations. The Company believes adding back the specified items to net earnings provides a more meaningful comparison to the corresponding reported periods and internal budgets and forecasts, provides management with a more relevant measurement of operating performance and is more useful in assessing management performance. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is a component of the financial covenants and an interest rate metric in the Company’s credit facility. While management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating Ennis, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
During the third quarter, the Company generated $17.1 million in Adjusted EBITDA compared to $18.9 million for the comparable quarter last year. For both the nine month periods ended November 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company generated $54.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA.
The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to the most comparable GAAP measure, net earnings (dollars in thousands):
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|November 30,||November 30,|
|Net earnings (loss)||$(71,179)||$9,349||$(53,131)||$27,656|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||(9,556)||5,490||1,044||16,241|
|Impairment of goodwill and trademarks||93,324||–||93,324||–|
|Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)||$17,068||$18,920||$54,800||$54,787|
|% of sales||11.6%||13.9%||12.5%||13.4%|
Keith Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented by stating, “We continue to be pleased with the strong operational performance of our print group. Our apparel group continues to be impacted by a challenging retail environment. While unit volume has increased for the second straight quarter, pricing is difficult as the market remains lethargic. Given this subdued environment, we believe discounting has been, and will continue to be, prevalent in the marketplace as a strategy to maintain market share. As such, the ability to raise prices to account for any increase in input costs has been, and we believe will remain, difficult. Margins are continuing to be compressed below historical levels unless relieved from the cost side. Cotton futures pricing has dropped significantly over the past 6 months, potentially being a beacon of hope for manufacture’s cost side. However, one of the largest manufacturers in the industry has announced that it intends to pass on such price savings to the marketplace as a means of solidifying market share. Because of these dynamics, we continue to see the remaining portion of this fiscal year and next as being extremely challenging for apparel. During the preparation of the annual impairment analysis there were indicators that impairment existed. Therefore, we believe it was prudent to accelerate the execution of the analysis to recognize the impairment loss in the third quarter. We determined that given the current and projected market conditions, an estimated impairment charge of $93.3 million to the carrying value of our apparel group’s goodwill and other intangible assets was required. While our impairment analysis process is substantially complete and the impairment expense recorded is based on the best information currently available, we will finalize the analysis during the fourth quarter and adjust the estimate if necessary. With this resolved now, we can focus on moving this company forward in a positive direction. On the print front, we continue to be pleased with the integration of our recent print acquisitions and the margins of our print group as a whole. We expect to see positive developments for the print group for the remainder of this fiscal year and into next. Overall, while the apparel market is expected to continue to be challenging, we will continue to stay vigilant to the task at hand.”
Ennis, Inc. (www.ennis.com) is primarily engaged in the production and sale of business forms, apparel and other business products. The Company is one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the United States. Headquartered in Midlothian, Texas, the Company has production and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States of America, Mexico and Canada, to serve the Company’s national network of distributors. The Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates in two business segments: print and apparel. The print segment manufactures and sells business forms, other printed business products, printed and electronic media, presentation products, flex-o-graphic printing, advertising specialties and Post-it® Notes, internal bank forms, plastic cards, secure and negotiable documents, envelopes and other custom products. The apparel segment manufactures T-Shirts and distributes T-Shirts and other active-wear apparel through nine distribution centers located throughout North America.
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For Further Information Contact:
Mr. Keith S. Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Richard L. Travis, Jr., CFO, Treasurer and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer
Mr. Michael D. Magill, Executive Vice President and Secretary
2441 Presidential Parkway
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Phone: (972) 775-9801
Fax: (972) 775-9820