Midlothian, TX, April 22, 2013 — Ennis, Inc. (the “Company”), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2013. Highlights for the quarter include:
– Consolidated sales increased 1.7%
– Print sales increased $7.4 million
– Apparel sales declined $5.2 million
– Consolidated gross profit margin increased 360 basis points
– Print gross profit margin increased 130 basis points
– Apparel gross profit margin increased 540 basis points
– Diluted EPS increased 108% to $0.27 per share
Our consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter were $123.6 million, an increase of 1.7% from $121.5 million for the same quarter last year. Print sales increased 10.2% for the quarter, from $72.4 million to $79.8 million, while apparel sales declined by 10.6% for the quarter, from $49.1 million to $43.9 million. Our consolidated gross profit margin (“margin”) for the fourth quarter increased from 21.8%, for the same quarter last year, to 25.4%. For the fourth quarter by segment, print margin increased from 28.3% to 29.6%, and apparel margin increased from 12.2% to 17.6%. Lower priced cotton is beginning to favorably impact the Apparel segment’s finished goods inventory and we expect our apparel margins to continue to improve as the cost of cotton in finished goods continues to decline and as sales volume increases. Print margins improved from the elimination of some of the duplicate selling, general and administrative costs associated with our recent acquisitions and further integration of these operations onto our systems. As a result, our net earnings increased from $3.3 million, or 2.7% of net sales, for the fourth quarter ended February 29, 2012 to $7.1 million, or 5.7% of net sales, for the fourth quarter ended February 28, 2013. Diluted earnings per share increased from $0.13 for the quarter ended February 29, 2012 to $0.27 for the quarter ended February 28, 2013.
For the fiscal year, our net sales increased from $517.0 million for the year ended February 29, 2012 to $533.5 million for the year ended February 28, 2013, or an increase of 3.2%. Print sales for the year increased $56.7 million or 20.4%, from $278.0 million to $334.7 million, while apparel sales for the year decreased $40.2 million or 16.8%, from $239.0 million to $198.8 million. Our consolidated margin decreased from 25.2% to 23.3% for the fiscal years ended 2012 and 2013, respectively. For the fiscal year by segment, print margin increased from 28.4% to 29.2%, and apparel margin decreased from 21.6% to 13.2% due to the higher cost of cotton in finished goods and reduced sales volume stemming from sale-side pressure. As a result, our net earnings decreased from $31.4 million, or 6.1% of net sales for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012, to $24.7 million, or 4.6% of net sales for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2013. Diluted earnings per share decreased from $1.21 to $0.95 for each year, respectively.
During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $14.6 million in EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) compared to $8.7 million for the comparable quarter last year. For the fiscal year ended February 28, 2013, the Company generated $53.5 million of EBITDA compared to $64.0 million for the prior fiscal year.
The Company believes the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA provides 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, EBITDA is a component of the financial covenants and an interest rate metric in the Company’s credit facility.
Keith Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented by stating, “Overall we are pleased with our results for the quarter. As we have stated previously, our apparel results for the fiscal year were impacted by the high cost of cotton in finished goods inventory. We attempted to match the sales price with the cost through the sale of this high cost inventory, rather than reducing our selling price below our embedded costs. Thus, we absorbed the negative financial impact over our inventory turn cycle rather than recognizing the large impact of an inventory write-down in a single quarter, as some of our competitors did. We continue to believe this was the right approach with the overall financial impact being lower than if we had taken a significant loss in one or two quarters. However, most of the higher cost cotton has made its way through our Apparel’s finished goods inventory and the divergence between the current purchase cost of cotton and the average cost in finished goods inventory continues to shrink. As a result, we expect our Apparel margin will continue to improve, as it did this past quarter. Our Print margin continued to remain healthy and improved this quarter as we started to eliminate some of the duplicate selling, general and administrative costs associated with our recent acquisitions.”
In other news, the Company announced today the Board of Directors has set the record date for the Annual Shareholder Meeting. The Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on July 25, 2013, with a record date of May 24, 2013.
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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Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “preliminary,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for such forward-looking statements. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, the Company notes that a variety of factors could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous uncertainties, which include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to effectively manage its business functions while growing its business in a rapidly changing environment, the Company’s ability to adapt and expand its services in such an environment, the variability in the prices of paper and other raw materials. Other important information regarding factors that may affect the Company’s future performance is included in the public reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending February 29, 2012, and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for its 2013 fiscal year. The Company does not undertake, and hereby disclaims, any duty or obligation to update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, although its situation and circumstances may change in the future. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.
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
2441 Presidential Parkway
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Phone: (972) 775-9801
Fax: (972) 775-9820