1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS), the world’s leading florist and gift shop, today reported revenues from continuing operations of $239.8 million for its fiscal 2012 second quarter ended January 1, 2012, compared with revenues from continuing operations of $228.9 million in the prior year period. The Company said the 4.8 percent increase, or $11.0 million, reflected growth across all three of its business segments driven primarily by continued positive trends in its Consumer Floral segment, which grew 10.3 percent, or $8.5 million. Total revenue growth also benefited from several small acquisitions completed in the second half of fiscal 2011 and early in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
Gross profit margin for the quarter was 41.8 percent compared with 42.4 percent in the prior year period, primarily reflecting product mix and lower gross margins in the Company’s BloomNet and wholesale gift basket businesses. Gross profit margin in the Company’s ecommerce channels increased 30 basis points driven by a continued focus on reduced promotional pricing and enhanced manufacturing efficiencies. Operating expenses as a percent of revenue improved 20 basis points to 31.6 percent compared with 31.8 percent in the prior year period. The improved operating expense ratio primarily reflects the increased revenues for the quarter as well as the Company’s continued focus on improving leverage across its business platform.
EBITDA from continuing operations for the quarter increased 13.1 percent, or $3.9 million, to $33.3 million compared with EBITDA of $29.5 million in the prior year period. EBITDA for the quarter includes a $3.8 million pre-tax gain from the sale of 17 Fannie May Fine Chocolates retail stores as part of a 62-store franchise deal announced November 21, 2011. The Company noted that, while the sale of the stores significantly accelerated its Fannie May franchising program, the loss of revenues associated with the stores in the quarter reduced EPS by approximately $0.01 per share for the period.
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