Ennis Inc. Reports Financial Results
Ennis Inc., Midlothian, Texas, reported financial results for the first quarter ended May 31, 2020. Highlights include:
- Revenues decreased $19.0 million, or 17.6 percent for the comparative quarter.
- Earnings per diluted share for the current quarter were $0.16 compared to $0.37 for the comparative quarter last year.
- Ennis Inc. plants have been deemed essential to the supply chain and are currently operating at reduced capacities.
The company’s revenues for the first quarter ended May 31, 2020 were $89.0 million compared to $108.0 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 17.6 percent. Gross profit margin was $23.9 million for the quarter, or 26.9 percent, as compared to $32.7 million, or 30.3 percent for the first quarter last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $4.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to $9.6 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the first quarter last year.
Keith Walters, chairman, CEO and president of Ennis Inc., released the following statement:
While our first quarter was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was within our expectations. In February, the U.S. economy officially slid into a recession after the longest period of economic growth the U.S. has ever had. As Federal Reserve Chairman Powell noted recently, we went from the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years to the highest unemployment rate in 90 years, and we did it in two months. As such, we saw extreme weakness in our transactional forms sales for the quarter given a countrywide lockdown that virtually stopped the country’s economic engine. However, certain sectors of the economy did not experience a downturn, resulting in sales in several of our specialty products remaining flat, which helped flatten the downward curve in our total sales. To address our cost structure, we have furloughed 320 people and several facilities, and we have exited some of our leased facilities. We will continue to monitor the incoming order volume so that we can proactively adjust our costs accordingly. All of these actions to reduce variable and fixed costs are ongoing as we evaluate our projected sales and cost structure. We believe the cost-cutting measures we are implementing will not impact our ability to service increased volume when the economy improves. Although no one is sure of the exact timing of an economic recovery, the Federal Reserve recently announced its view of an economic decline of -6.5 percent for 2020 and a 9.3 percent unemployment rate at year-end. As I said in my shareholder letter in May, we will continue to stay focused during this period of economic and social unrest. We will continue to explore acquisitions that make sense and hunt for new sales in new markets and new channels. We will focus, as always, on maintaining our dividend. We expect that our strong balance sheet and strong free-cash flow position should provide us with the means to accomplish these objectives. With the Federal Reserve currently forecasting no rise in interest rates till 2023, dividend paying stocks may be one of few choices for yield seeking investors.
To provide important supplemental information to both management and investors regarding financial and business trends used in assessing its results of operations, from time to time the company reports the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA (EBITDA is calculated as net earnings from operations before interest expense, tax expense, depreciation, and amortization). The company may also report adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure.
Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors as a supplement to reported GAAP financial information. Management reviews these non-GAAP financial measures on a regular basis and uses them to evaluate and manage the performance of the company’s operations. In addition, EBITDA is a component of the financial covenants and an interest rate metric in the company’s credit agreement. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than Ennis Inc., which limits the usefulness of the company’s non-GAAP measures for comparison with these other companies. While management believes the company’s non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating Ennis Inc., when this information is reported it should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute or an alternative for, or superior to, the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. These measures should be evaluated only in conjunction with the company’s comparable GAAP financial measures.
In other news, on June 19, 2020, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 22.5 cents per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on Aug. 10, 2020 to shareholders of record on July 10, 2020.
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