Midlothian, TX, April 27, 2015 — Ennis, Inc. (the “Company”), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2015. Highlights for the year include:
– Consolidated net sales increased 6.1% for the quarter and 7.0% for the year.
– Print sales increased 7.3% for the quarter and 11.9% for the year.
– Apparel sales increased 3.5% over the comparable quarter and its margin improved 240 basis points on a linked quarter basis.
– Adjusted diluted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) for the quarter increased from $.30 per share to $.34 per share.
The Company’s consolidated net sales for the quarter ended February 28, 2015 were $140.2 million compared to $132.1 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 6.1%. Print sales increased 7.3% from $89.9 million to $96.5 million and apparel sales increased 3.5% from $42.3 million to $43.8 million. Consolidated gross profit margin (“margin”) was $35.4 million for the quarter, or 25.2%, compared to $33.6 million, or 25.4% for the same quarter last year. Print margin was 29.2% for the quarter compared to 28.4% for the same quarter last year, while apparel margin was 16.6% for the quarter compared to 19.0% for the comparable quarter last year. While apparel margin continues to be negatively impacted by marketplace dynamics, it increased more than 240 basis points over its linked quarter margin of 14.2% and 180 basis points over its November 30, 2014 year-to-date margin of 14.8%. Net earnings (loss) for the quarter was $8.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share as compared to $(14.5) million, or $(0.55) per diluted share for the same quarter last year, which prior year results were impacted by a goodwill and trademark impairment charge of $24.2 million relating to the apparel division.
For the fiscal year, consolidated net sales increased from $542.4 million for the year ended February 28, 2014 to $580.2 million for the year ended February 28, 2015, or an increase of 7.0%. Print sales were $380.4 million compared to $339.9 million for the same period last year, an increase of $40.5 million, or 11.9%, while apparel sales decreased $2.6 million, or 1.3% from $202.5 million to $199.9 million. Consolidated margin for the period was $145.5 million, or 25.1%, compared to $143.8 million, or 26.5%, for the same period last year. Print margin increased from 29.7% to 30.3%, while apparel margin decreased from 21.1% to 15.2% due to lower selling prices and higher input costs for most of the year. As a result of an impairment charge in the third quarter of this fiscal year and an impairment charge in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the consolidated net earnings (loss) for the 2015 fiscal year was $(44.5) million, or $(1.72) per diluted share and $13.2 million, or $.50 per diluted share for the 2014 fiscal year. Excluding the impairment charges in both fiscal years, non-GAAP net earnings would have been approximately $34.6 million, or approximately $1.34 per diluted share for fiscal 2015 compared to $35.3 million, or $1.35 per diluted share for fiscal 2014
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 charges and 2) Adjusted EBITDA (Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and the impairment charges) 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 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 yields metrics which are 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.
Keith Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented by stating, “The print group continued its strong performance during the quarter improving gross profit margin by 80 basis points. While on a comparable basis our apparel group continues to be impacted by market dynamics, its gross profit margin during the current quarter increased by more than 240 basis points over the previous quarter, marking two sequential quarters of improvement. The discounting that has been prevalent in the apparel marketplace for most of this fiscal year, including the fourth quarter, is expected to continue into fiscal 2016. As such, the ability to raise prices to offset any input cost increases has been, and we believe will continue to remain, difficult. Margins will continue to be compressed below historical levels unless relieved from the cost side. Cotton may be a beacon of hope, as pricing has dropped significantly over the past 6 months, unless manufacturers are forced to concede these savings due to market pressures. Because of these continuing dynamics, we still expect the current fiscal year for apparel to be extremely challenging. Nonetheless, as discussed earlier, we have recently seen positive margin developments from the apparel group and would expect such developments to continue on into fiscal 2016. 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 these positive developments from the print group to continue into the current fiscal year. The recent bankruptcy of a major direct manufacturer in the print industry may provide additional opportunities for the Company in the upcoming year. Overall, while we believe fiscal year 2016 will be challenging, we continue to remain optimistic about its potential.”
Other News: The Company announced today that the Board of Directors has set the record date and meeting date for the Annual Shareholder Meeting. The 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on July 23, 2015, with a record date of May 26, 2015.
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
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