1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS), the world’s leading florist and gift shop, today reported revenues from continuing operations of $179.7 million for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended April 1, 2012, compared with revenues from continuing operations of $158.8 million in the prior year period. The Company said the 13.1 percent increase, or $20.9 million, reflected double digit revenue growth across all three of its business segments and, in particular, continued positive trends in its Consumer Floral segment, which grew 12.6 percent. Total revenue growth for the third quarter benefited from the shift of the Easter holiday to early in the Company’s fiscal fourth quarter as well as contributions from several small acquisitions completed in the second half of fiscal 2011 and early in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Excluding these benefits, total revenue for the period increased approximately 9.0 percent compared with the prior year period.
Gross profit margin for the quarter increased 100 basis points to 40.7 percent, compared with 39.7 percent in the prior year period. This was driven by a 200 basis point increase, to 39.0 percent, in the Company’s Consumer Floral segment. Operating expenses as a percent of revenue improved 120 basis points to 40.6 percent compared with 41.8 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.
As a result of the strong growth in revenues and gross margin, combined with enhanced operating leverage, EBITDA from continuing operations for the period increased 176.3 percent to $5.0 million compared with $1.8 million in the prior year period. Excluding stock-based compensation, EBITDA for the quarter was $6.4 million compared with $2.9 million in the prior year period. Income from continuing operations improved to $51,000, or $0.00 per share, compared with a loss of $2.2 million, or ($0.04) per share, in the prior year period.