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Executive Summary

Ennis, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells business forms and other business products in the United States. More Details


Trading at 58.7% below our estimate of its fair value

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 5.19%

Risk Analysis

EBF passed our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet established dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Ennis's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: EBF has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

1 Year Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

Return vs Industry: EBF underperformed the US Commercial Services industry which returned 7.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: EBF underperformed the US Market which returned 12.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-1.6%-2.6%-3.1%
30 Day-3.6%-1.0%-2.9%
90 Day2.7%15.4%8.2%
1 Year-5.7%-10.0%7.7%6.0%15.3%12.7%
3 Year1.8%-11.3%45.3%36.0%37.8%28.5%
5 Year35.3%0.9%110.7%89.9%90.9%69.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Ennis's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Ennis undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: EBF ($17.35) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($41.96)

Significantly Below Fair Value: EBF is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: EBF is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.2x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (26.8x).

PE vs Market: EBF is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.2x) compared to the US market (18.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate EBF's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: EBF's PB Ratio (1.5x) is in line with the US Commercial Services industry average.

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Future Growth

How is Ennis forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?


Forecasted Commercial Services industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Ennis has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has Ennis performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: EBF has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: EBF's current net profit margins (7.5%) are lower than last year (8.9%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: EBF has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 16.1% per year.

Accelerating Growth: EBF's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: EBF had negative earnings growth (-21.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Commercial Services industry average (-8.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: EBF's Return on Equity (10.1%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Ennis's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: EBF's short term assets ($155.2M) exceed its short term liabilities ($34.6M).

Long Term Liabilities: EBF's short term assets ($155.2M) exceed its long term liabilities ($31.3M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: EBF is debt free.

Reducing Debt: EBF has no debt compared to 5 years ago when its debt to equity ratio was 21.3%.

Debt Coverage: EBF has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: EBF has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is Ennis's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: EBF's dividend (5.19%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.66%).

High Dividend: EBF's dividend (5.19%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.7%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: EBF's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: EBF's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (78.7%), EBF's payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Keith Walters (70 yo)





Mr. Keith S. Walters has been the President at Ennis Inc., (formerly Ennis, Inc./Ennis Business Forms, Inc.) since July 1998 and its Chief Executive Officer since November 1997. Mr. Walters joined Ennis Bu ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Keith's total compensation ($USD3.14M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.98M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Keith's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Keith Walters
Executive Chairman22.83yrsUS$3.14m1.38%
$ 6.2m
Richard Travis
CFO, VP of Finance & Treasurer14.83yrsUS$983.67k0.36%
$ 1.6m
Ronald Graham
Vice President of Administration22.25yrsUS$771.47k0.38%
$ 1.7m
Michael Magill
Executive VP & Corporate Secretary8.25yrsUS$1.19m0.42%
$ 1.9m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: EBF's management team is seasoned and experienced (18.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Keith Walters
Executive Chairman22.83yrsUS$3.14m1.38%
$ 6.2m
Alejandro Quiroz
Independent Director17.17yrsUS$104.50k0.11%
$ 512.3k
Michael Schaefer
Independent Director13.25yrsUS$107.50k0.19%
$ 857.6k
John Blind
Independent Director4.17yrsUS$103.00k0.051%
$ 230.1k
Godfrey Long
Lead Independent Directorno dataUS$77.16k0.17%
$ 759.3k
Troy Priddy
Independent Director2.17yrsUS$103.00k0.029%
$ 129.3k
Gary Mozina
$ 86.2k
Barbara Clemens
Independent Director1.17yrsUS$70.24k0.014%
$ 63.6k
Aaron Carter
Director0.17yrno data0.0077%
$ 34.7k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: EBF's board of directors are considered experienced (3.2 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: EBF insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Ennis, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Ennis, Inc.
  • Ticker: EBF
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1909
  • Industry: Commercial Printing
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$452.369m
  • Shares outstanding: 26.07m
  • Website: https://www.ennis.com

Number of Employees


  • Ennis, Inc.
  • 2441 Presidential Parkway
  • Midlothian
  • Texas
  • 76065
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
EBFNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1969


Ennis, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells business forms and other business products in the United States. The company offers snap sets, continuous forms, laser cut sheets, tags, labels, envelopes, inte ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/09/22 06:06
End of Day Share Price2020/09/21 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/02/29

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.