Midlothian, TX, May 10, 2016 — Ennis, Inc. (the “Company”), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended February 29, 2016. Highlights include:
- Apparel margin increased 700 basis points for the comparable quarter and 470 basis points for the comparable period.
- Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) increased 9.5% over the comparable period.
- Cash provided by operating activities increased by 33.5% over the comparable period.
- Adjusted diluted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) for the period increased from $1.34 per share to $1.49 per share.
The Company’s consolidated net sales for the quarter ended February 29, 2016 were $128.2 million compared to $140.2 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 8.6%. Print sales decreased 5.5% from $96.5 million to $91.2 million and apparel sales decreased 15.5% from $43.8 million to $37.0 million. Consolidated gross profit margin (“margin”) was $34.0 million for the quarter, or 26.5%, compared to $35.4 million, or 25.2% for the same quarter last year. Print margin was 27.7% for the quarter compared to 29.2% for the same quarter last year, while apparel margin increased 700 basis points from 16.6% for the comparable quarter last year to 23.6%. Print margin during the quarter was impacted by the move of its folder operations from Omaha, Nebraska to Columbus, Kansas and a one-time earn-out payment associated with the previous acquisition of Kay Toledo Tag. Without these costs, the Company estimates that print margin for the quarter would have been in-line with prior fiscal year’s results. Apparel margin improvement resulted from lower input costs, improved manufacturing efficiencies and stable selling prices. An impairment charge of approximately $4.1 million was recorded during the quarter related to apparel segment’s trademarks. As a result, consolidated net earnings for the quarter were $4.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share. Excluding the impairment charge, consolidated non-GAAP net earnings for the quarter would have been approximately $7.5 million, or approximately $0.29 per diluted share compared to $8.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.
For the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, consolidated net sales decreased from $580.2 million for the previous fiscal year to $569.0 million, or a decrease of 1.9%. Print sales were $385.9 million compared to $380.4 million for the prior fiscal year, an increase of $5.5 million, or 1.4%. Apparel sales were $183.0 million compared to $199.9 million for the prior fiscal year, a decrease of $16.9 million, or 8.5%. Consolidated margin for the period was $152.7 million, or 26.8%, compared to $145.5 million, or 25.1% for the prior fiscal year. Print margin for the year decreased slightly from 30.3% to 30.1%, due to the same factors that impacted the fourth quarter, while apparel margin increased 470 basis points from 15.2% to 19.9% due to lower input costs, stable selling prices and improved manufacturing efficiencies. An impairment charge of approximately $4.1 million was recorded during the quarter related to apparel segment’s trademarks which also negatively impacted our results for the year. As a result, consolidated net earnings increased from a GAAP loss of $(44.5) million, or (7.7)% of net sales, for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015 to earnings of $35.7 million, or 6.3% of net sales, for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016. Diluted earnings per share increased from a loss of $(1.72) to $1.39 for the fiscal year. Excluding impairment charges in both fiscal years, consolidated non-GAAP net earnings would have been approximately $38.4 million, or approximately $1.49 per diluted share for fiscal 2016, compared to $34.6 million, or $1.34 per diluted share for fiscal 2015.
The Company believes the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA (Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment charges) 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 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 this non-GAAP financial measure is useful in evaluating the Company’s performance, 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.
The following table reconciles proforma net earnings and proforma diluted earnings per share (“adjusted diluted earnings”), non-GAAP financial measures, to the most comparable GAAP measures, net earnings and diluted earnings per share, to illustrate the impact of the impairment charges recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and the third quarter of fiscal 2015 (dollars in thousands, except per share).
During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $16.3 million in Adjusted EBITDA compared to $17.7 million for the comparable quarter last year, or a decrease of 7.9%. For the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, the Company generated $79.4 million of Adjusted EBITDA compared to $72.5 million for the prior fiscal year, or an increase of 9.5%.
The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to the most comparable GAAP measure, net earnings (dollars in thousands).
Keith Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented by stating, “Our print segment’s performance for the quarter was below our expectations. The payment of an earn-out as part of the purchase price for a previous acquisition actually reflected a positive result stemming from the success of that acquisition. The expenses incurred for the physical relocation of one of our acquisitions also had a negative impact. The earn-out was an additional one-time $1,000,000 payment we made during the quarter for the purchase price of Kay Toledo Tag. Although we did accrue a portion of this at the time of acquisition, based on projected performance, the strength of earnings post acquisition resulted in an additional charge of $800,000 during the quarter. We are extremely pleased with this acquisition and the operational results to date and look forward to its continued contribution. The move of the Folder Express operations from Omaha, Nebraska to Columbus, Kansas during the quarter, while not desirable, was required due to the landlord’s non-renewal of the real property lease. After analyzing options, we made the decision to relocate to a Company owned facility in Columbus, Kansas which would allow us to more fully utilize this facility and disburse the fixed costs over two business units. Unfortunately, we have experienced start-up labor costs arising from training a new labor force for a product that involves printing, die-cutting and folding. The training process takes time and efficiencies are impacted while the labor force performance becomes more effective. We estimate that the cost of the move, the loss of revenues and the start-up workforce impacted our print segment’s operational results during the fourth quarter by $1.7 million to $2.0 million. While we believe there will continue to be negative overhang associated with this move into fiscal year 2017, we expect these issues to be resolved during the first half of the year, after which, we believe profitability will return to historical levels. Despite the items noted above that impacted the print’s operational performance during the quarter, we continue to be pleased with the integration of recent acquisitions and the margins of our print segment as a whole. Absent these costs operational performance would have been in-line with previous quarters.
While our apparel segment’s sales continue to be impacted by a soft retail environment, operational performance continued to improve during the quarter. Improved manufacturing efficiencies, continued lower input costs and strict adherence to the maintenance of our selling prices resulted in the apparel segment’s margin improving 700 basis points over the comparable quarter last year and 470 basis points over the previous fiscal year. As previously announced, on May 4, 2016 we entered into a Unit Purchase Agreement to sell the apparel segment to Gildan Activewear, Inc. (trading symbol – GIL). The closing of this transaction, which is conditioned upon customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, is expected to occur during our second quarter. The sale will allow us to fully focus on our core print segment and utilize cash from the sale of Alstyle Apparel to further expand the Print business through strategic acquisitions, which we have continually demonstrated excellent returns to our stockholders. In addition to further strengthening a strong balance sheet for the industry, it will also allow us to proceed aggressively with our strategic direction for the Company. Our current leverage position will allow us to consider potentially many other uses of these funds as well. While overall we were pleased with the results for fiscal year 2016, we are looking forward to the challenges of fiscal year 2017 and what the future may bring.”
The 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on July 21, 2016, with a record date of May 23, 2016.
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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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
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