Francesca's Holdings Corporation Raises Fourth Quarter Guidance on Holiday Sales and Margin Results

Francesca's Holdings Corporation Raises Fourth Quarter Guidance on Holiday
Sales and Margin Results

HOUSTON, Jan. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Francesca's Holdings Corporation
(Nasdaq:FRAN) today announced that the Company has raised its guidance for the
fourth quarter ending February 2, 2013 based on its holiday period sales and
margin performance.

The Company now expects sales to be between $84.5 million and $85.0 million,
representing an increase of 37% to 38% over the prior year quarter. This
outlook is based on an estimated 7% to 8% comparable boutique sales increase
over the prior year quarter, following a 14.7% increase in the same period
last year.Net income for the quarter is expected to be in the range of $13.0
million to $ 13.5 million or $0.29 to $0.30 per diluted share, representing an
increase of 45% to 50% over the fourth quarter of the prior year's adjusted
$0.20 per diluted share, which excluded $0.4M after tax secondary equity
offering costs, or $0.01 per diluted share.

Neill Davis, chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased with our
holiday selling season. Our increased fourth quarter guidance reflects
positive customer response to francesca's® broad and shallow merchandising
strategy and small format, differentiated boutique experience. We are well
positioned to deliver our growth objectives as we continue to execute our
merchandising model, expand our boutique base, and further develop our
e-commerce strategy."

The Company management will be presenting at the 15th Annual ICR XChange
Conference to be held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on
Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM Eastern Standard Time. The audio
portion of the presentation will be webcast live in the investor relations
section of the Company's website, An archived replay will
be available two hours after the conclusion of the live event.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" made
pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's
current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and are subject to
various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ
materially from those that we expected. For a discussion of these and other
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those contained in our forward-looking statements, please refer to "Risk
Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our most recent Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March
21, 2012 and December 7, 2012, respectively. We undertake no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

The Company may not issue future press releases discussing sales trends such
as this one other than associated with routine quarterly and annual financial

About Francesca's Holdings Corporation

francesca's® is a growing specialty retailer with retail locations designed
and merchandised to feel like independently owned, upscale boutiques providing
customers a fun and differentiated shopping experience. The merchandise
assortment is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and
gifts. francesca's® appeals to the 18-35 year-old, fashion conscious, female
customers, although the Company finds that women of all ages are attracted to
the eclectic and sophisticated merchandise selection and boutique setting.
francesca's® boutiques carry a broad selection but limited quantities of
individual styles and new merchandise is introduced five days a week. For
additional information on francesca's®, please visit

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