Ennis, Inc. (the “Company"), (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2011.

Financial Overview

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.

The Company, during the quarter, generated $14.5 million in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) compared to $18.1 million for the comparable quarter last year. For the nine month period ended November 30, 2011, the Company generated $55.3 million of EBITDA during the period, compared to $64.1 million for the comparable period last year.

 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP measure ( dollars in thousands):
     
Three months ended Nine months ended
November 30, November 30,
  2011   2010   2011   2010
 
Earnings before income taxes $ 11,010 $ 15,186 $ 44,139 $ 54,822
Interest expense 405 214 1,887 972
Depreciation/amortization   3,035   2,730   9,295   8,299
EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 14,450 $ 18,130 $ 55,321 $ 64,093
 

Keith Walters, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented by saying, “Overall the operational results delivered for the quarter were as expected from both the print and apparel perspective. Our print operations continued to deliver steady revenue levels and operational results, while our apparel margins continued to be compressed as expected by higher raw material costs. As we have been discussing in previous statements, key apparel manufacturers have been and will be dealing with significantly higher input costs for the foreseeable future. While the spot price of cotton has dropped significantly over the past quarter, this, unfortunately, does not represent the cost of cotton in most large apparel manufacturers’ finished goods inventory. Most large apparel manufacturers lock in cotton contracts in order to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of cotton and price stability. Unfortunately, these locked in contract prices are now significantly higher than the current spot price. With the recent influx of cotton supply from India and other global impacts which soften cotton demand, many of the smaller manufacturers who didn’t have the financial capacity to enter into longer term contracts are now able to compete on a favorable basis. We view this as a short term event. The larger manufacturers, such as Alstyle, will have to navigate through this issue over the next few quarters, until the lower cotton pricing makes its way into their finished goods inventory. The new manufacturing facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico is fully operational. We are pleased with the results and the status of its production levels. The results are in-line with our expectations at this point, but we would expect continued improved efficiencies in the coming quarters. Many challenges have been negotiated to date, but uncertainties continue to mark the short term landscape. We will remain vigilant to the task at hand.”

About Ennis

Ennis, Inc. ( www.ennis.com) is primarily engaged in the production of and sale of business forms, apparel and other business products. The Company is one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the United States. Headquartered in Midlothian, Texas, the Company has production and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States of America, Mexico and Canada, to serve the Company’s national network of distributors. The Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates in two business segments: the Print Segment ("Print") and Apparel Segment ("Apparel"). The Print Segment is primarily engaged in the business of manufacturing and selling business forms, other printed business products, printed and electronic media, presentation products, flex-o-graphic printing, advertising specialties and Post-it® Notes, internal bank forms, plastic cards, secure and negotiable documents, envelopes and other custom products. The Apparel Segment manufactures T-Shirts and distributes T-Shirts and other active-wear apparel through nine distribution centers located throughout North America.

Safe Harbor Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “preliminary,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for such forward-looking statements. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, the Company notes that a variety of factors could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous uncertainties, which include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to effectively manage its business functions while growing its business in a rapidly changing environment, the Company’s ability to adapt and expand its services in such an environment, the variability in the prices of paper and other raw materials. Other important information regarding factors that may affect the Company’s future performance is included in the public reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise any forward-looking statements or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.
Ennis, Inc.
Condensed Financial Information
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
           
Three months ended Nine months ended

Condensed Operating Results
November 30, November 30,
  2011   2010   2011     2010  
Revenues $ 121,846 $ 134,817 $ 395,488 $ 418,592
Cost of goods sold   91,663   98,298   291,510     300,185  
Gross profit margin 30,183 36,519 103,978 118,407
Operating expenses   19,086   20,971   58,265     62,494  
Operating income 11,097 15,548 45,713 55,913
Other expense   87   362   1,574     1,091  
Earnings before income taxes 11,010 15,186 44,139 54,822
Income tax expense   4,118   5,543   16,111     20,010  
Net earnings $ 6,892 $ 9,643 $ 28,028   $ 34,812  
 

Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.27 $ 0.37 $ 1.08   $ 1.35  
Diluted $ 0.27 $ 0.37 $ 1.08   $ 1.34  
 
November 30, February 28,

Condensed Balance Sheet Information
  2011     2011  
Assets
Current assets
Cash $ 16,761 $ 12,305
Accounts receivable, net 47,224 58,359
Inventories, net 121,554 100,363
Other   12,040     11,371  
  197,579     182,398  
Property, plant & equipment 91,320 93,661
Other   195,632     197,669  
$ 484,531   $ 473,728  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 21,845 $ 18,868
Accrued expenses 22,202 27,644
Current portion of long-term debt   50,000     586  
  94,047     47,098  
Long-term debt - 50,000
Deferred credits   28,193     28,947  
Total liabilities   122,240     126,045  
 
Shareholders’ equity   362,291     347,683  
$ 484,531   $ 473,728  
 
Nine months ended
November 30,

Condensed Cash Flow Information
  2011     2010  
Cash provided by operating activities $ 26,964 $ 30,642
Cash used in investing activities (11,061 ) (31,147 )
Cash used in financing activities (11,895 ) (2,018 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash   448     (232 )
Change in cash 4,456 (2,755 )
Cash at beginning of period   12,305     21,063  
Cash at end of period $ 16,761   $ 18,308  

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