Ennis, Inc. (the “Company"), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2011.
Our consolidated net sales for the quarter was $121.8 million, or down 9.6% from $134.8 million for the same quarter last year. Our print sales for the quarter were basically flat quarter over quarter at $69.2 million for the current quarter as compared to $69.5 million for the same quarter last year. Our apparel sales at $52.6 million for the quarter were down $12.7 million as compared to $65.3 million for the same quarter last year due to softness in the market and competitive pricing pressures. Overall our gross profit margins ("margins") for the quarter were 24.8% as compared to 27.1% to for the same quarter last year. On a segment basis, our print margins were basically flat at 27.8% for the current quarter versus 27.9% for the same quarter last year, while our apparel margins, due to continued higher input costs, decreased from 26.3% to 20.8%. Our net earnings for the quarter, which were impacted by our lower apparel sales and margins, were $6.9 million or $.27 per diluted share, as compared to $9.6 million or $.37 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.
For the nine month period, our net sales decreased from $418.6 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2010 to $395.5 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2011, or a decrease of 5.5%. Our print sales for the period again remained relatively stable at $205.5 million, compared to $206.5 million for the same period last year. Our apparel sales for the period were $189.9 million, as compared to $212.1 million for the same period last year, or a decrease of 10.5%. Overall our margins for the period decreased from 28.3% to 26.3% for the nine months ended November 30, 2010 and 2011, respectively. Our print margins decreased slightly during the period from 28.8% to 28.4%, while our apparel margins decreased from 27.8% to 24.0%, again due to higher input costs. Our net earnings for the period decreased from $34.8 million, or 8.3% of sales for the nine months ended November 30, 2010, to $28.0 million or 7.1% of sales for the nine months ended November 30, 2011. Our diluted earnings decreased from $1.34 per share to $1.08 per share for the nine months ended November 30, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
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