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Ennis Reports Revenue and Earnings Declines, Better Margins

December 21, 2009
MIDLOTHIAN, TX—December 21, 2009—Ennis, Inc. (NYSE: EBF), today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2009.

Highlights:

• Consolidated revenues for the quarter ended November 30, 2009 were $127.8 million compared to $142.5 million for the quarter ended November 30, 2008, a decrease of $14.7 million or 10.3%.

• Consolidated gross profit margins increased 20 basis points from 26.6% for the quarter ended November 30, 2008 to 26.8% for the quarter ended November 30, 2009.

• The Company generated $71.5 million in cash from operations during the nine month period ended November 30, 2009, an increase of $35.3 million, or 97.4%, over the comparable period last year.

Financial Overview

For the quarter, consolidated net sales decreased by $14.7 million, or 10.3%, from $142.5 million for the quarter ended November 30, 2008 to $127.8 million for the quarter ended November 30, 2009. Print sales for the quarter were $70.6 million, compared to $82.6 million for the same quarter last year, or a decrease of 14.5%. Apparel sales for the quarter were $57.2 million, compared to $59.9 million for the same quarter last year, or a decrease of 4.5%.

Overall gross profit margins ("margins") increased from 26.6% to 26.8% for the quarters ended November 30, 2008 and November 30, 2009, respectively. Print margins increased from 26.4% to 28.5%, and Apparel margins decreased from 26.9% to 24.8%, for the quarters ended November 30, 2008 and November 30, 2009, respectively.

Earnings for the quarter decreased from $9.9 million, or 6.9% of sales, for the quarter ended November 30, 2008 to $9.2 million, or 7.2% of sales, for the quarter ended November 30, 2009. Diluted EPS decreased from $0.38 per share to $0.36 per share for the quarters ended November 30, 2008 and November 30, 2009, respectively.

For the nine month period, net sales decreased from $466.7 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2008 to $396.4 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2009, or 15.1%. Print sales for the period were $216.2 million, compared to $253.3 million for the same period last year. Apparel sales for the period were $180.1 million, compared to $213.4 million for the same period last year.

Print margins increased from 26.8% to 27.9%, while Apparel margins were 23.3% and 22.7%, for the nine months ended November 30, 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Net earnings for the period decreased from $30.2 million, or 6.5% of sales, for the nine months ended November 30, 2008 to $25.4 million, or 6.4% of sales, for the nine months ended November 30, 2009. Diluted earnings decreased from $1.17 per share to $0.98 per share for the nine months ended November 30, 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The Company, during the quarter, generated $18.2 million in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) compared to $19.5 million for the comparable quarter last year. For the nine month period ended November 30, 2009, the Company generated $51.3 million in EBITDA during the period, compared to $59.9 million for the comparable period last year. Operating cash flows increased from $36.2 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2008 to $71.5 million for the nine months ended November 30, 2009.
 

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