Ennis Inc Stock Downgraded (EBF)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ennis (NYSE: EBF) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • EBF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, EBF has a quick ratio of 1.65, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for ENNIS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.41%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -10.94% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.82 million or 162.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Ennis, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of business forms and other business products in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Print and Apparel. Ennis has a market cap of $419.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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