Ennis, Inc. (the “Company") (NYSE: EBF) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended May 31, 2013. Highlights for the quarter include:
- Consolidated gross profit margin increased 610 basis points
- Print gross profit margin increased 180 basis points
- Apparel gross profit margin increased 1,330 basis points
- Diluted EPS increased 120% to $0.33 per share
The Company’s consolidated net sales for the quarter were $138.5 million compared to $142.5 million for the same quarter last year and $123.6 million for the sequential quarter. Print sales were down 6.8% on a comparable quarter basis, from $87.3 million to $81.4 million, but were up 2.0% on a sequential quarter basis from $79.8 million. Apparel sales increased 3.3% for the comparable quarter, from $55.2 million to $57.0 million, with a 10.6% increase in volume offset by a pricing decline of 7.3%, and increased 29.8% on a sequential quarter basis from $43.9 million. Consolidated gross profit margin ("margin") for the quarter increased 610 basis points from 19.8%, for the same quarter last year, to 25.9%. For a quarter comparison basis, print margin increased from 27.9% to 29.7%, and apparel margin increased from 7.0% to 20.3%. Our apparel margin continues to increase on both a comparable and sequential quarter basis, as lower priced cotton is starting to favorably impact apparel’s margin. The Company expects its margins will continue to improve as average finished goods costs continue to decline and sales volume increases. Print margins improved from the continued elimination of duplicative costs by the further integration of recent acquisitions. As a result, net earnings increased from $3.9 million, or 2.7% of net sales, for the quarter ended May 31, 2012 to $8.5 million, or 6.1% of net sales, for the quarter ended May 31, 2013. Diluted earnings per share increased from $0.15 for the same quarter last year to $0.33 for the quarter.