Ennis, Inc. (the “Company"), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended February 29, 2012.
Our consolidated net sales for the quarter were $121.5 million, or down 7.5% from $131.4 million for the same quarter last year. Our print sales for the quarter were $72.4 million as compared to $66.2 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of $6.2 million, or 9.4%. Our apparel sales at $49.1 million for the quarter were down $16.1 million as compared to $65.2 million for the same quarter last year due to softness in the market and continued pricing pressures. Overall our gross profit margins ("margins") for the quarter were 21.8% as compared to 27.5% for the same quarter last year. On a segment basis, our print margins increased from 26.9% to 28.3%, while our apparel margins, due to continued higher input costs, primarily cotton, decreased from 28.0% to 12.2%. Our net earnings for the quarter, which were impacted by lower apparel sales and margins, were $3.3 million or $.13 per diluted share, as compared to $9.8 million or $.38 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.
For the year, our net sales decreased from $550.0 million for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011 to $517.0 million for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012, or a decrease of 6.0%. Our print sales for the year were at $278.0 million, compared to $272.7 million for last year, an increase of $5.3 million, or 1.9%. Our apparel sales for the year were $239.0 million, as compared to $277.3 million, or a decrease of 13.8%. Overall our margins decreased from 28.1% to 25.2% for the year ended February 28, 2011 and February 29, 2012, respectively. Our print margins increased slightly during the year from 28.3% to 28.4%, while our apparel margins decreased from 27.9% to 21.6%, again due to higher input costs and pricing pressures. Our net earnings decreased from $44.6 million, or 8.1% of sales for the year ended February 28, 2011, to $31.4 million or 6.1% of sales for the period ended February 29, 2012. Our diluted earnings decreased from $1.72 per share to $1.21 per share for the year ended February 28, 2011 and February 29, 2012, respectively.
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