Vera Bradley Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results oFourth quarter net revenues increased 21% to $162.6 million; Direct net revenues increased 27% and Indirect net revenues increased 11%. oDiluted EPS were $0.62 for the fourth quarter, compared to $0.50 for the same quarter of fiscal 2012, an increase of 24%. oFull year net revenues increased 17% to $541.1 million; Direct net revenues increased 30% and Indirect net revenues increased 6%. oDiluted EPS were $1.70 for fiscal 2013, compared to $1.43 for fiscal 2012, an increase of 19%. FORT WAYNE, Ind., March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vera Bradley, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRA) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, representing the 14-week and 53-week periods ended February 2, 2013. The Company reported net revenues of $162.6 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $134.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, an increase of $28.0 million, or 21%. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.62, an increase of 24% from diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The 53^rd week of fiscal 2013 contributed $4.9 million of net revenues and approximately $0.02 per diluted share to both the full year and fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. "Fiscal 2013 represents another outstanding year for Vera Bradley, as reflected in our record-setting fourth quarter and full year results, particularly in the midst of a difficult consumer environment," said Michael C. Ray, Very Bradley's Chief Executive Officer. "Despite current headwinds, I feel confident in our team's ability to deliver on our fiscal 2014 priorities. With our 30-year track record of success, we have a solid foundation and strategies in place to achieve our long-term growth objectives." Fourth Quarter Results In the Direct segment, revenues increased 27% to $103.3 million, as a result of growth across all of our channels. In our stores, net revenues grew 31% during the quarter, due to the opening of 17 full-price and 3 outlet stores. E-commerce revenue grew 23% due primarily to continued growth in website traffic. Comparable store sales decreased 0.4%. Indirect revenues increased 11% to $59.2 million, primarily due to a strong sell-in of the winter collection and the addition of Dillard's doors. Further, we shipped approximately $2.8 million in sales that we had anticipated would be received by our retail partners in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Gross profit for the quarter increased 24% to $94.1 million, resulting in gross margin of 57.9%, compared to 56.4% in the prior year. The fourth quarter increase in gross margin was due primarily to operational efficiencies, including leveraging our overhead costs on increased units that supported our sales growth, lower freight costs, and favorable channel mix driven by growth in full-price stores. Total SG&A expense was $55.8 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $45.0 million in the prior year. SG&A as a percentage of net revenues was 34.3% for the fourth quarter, compared to 33.4% in the prior year, unfavorable by 90 basis points, primarily due to employee-related expenses and expenses to support the launch of Vera Bradley Baby. Operating income increased 22% to $40.0 million, or 24.6% of net revenues, in the fourth quarter, compared to operating income of $32.7 million, or 24.3% of net revenues, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The effective tax rate was 36.9% for the quarter, compared to 38.1% in the same quarter in the prior year. The effective tax rate reduction was primarily related to state tax credits associated with the distribution center expansion. Net income for the fourth quarter increased 25% from the prior year to $25.1 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $20.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in the same period of the prior year. Fiscal Year 2013 Results For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013, net revenues increased 17% to $541.1 million, from $460.8 million for fiscal 2012. By segment, Direct revenues increased 30% to $292.6 million, with comparable store sales increasing 3.4%, and Indirect revenues increased 6% to $248.6 million. Operating income for fiscal 2013 increased to $110.1 million, or 20.4% of net revenues, compared to $96.2 million, or 20.9% of net revenues in the prior year. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2013 was 37.1% compared to 39.0% for the prior year. The effective tax rate reduction was primarily related to state tax credits associated with the completion of our distribution center expansion as well as other discrete items. Net income for fiscal 2013 was $68.9 million, or $1.70 per diluted share, compared to $57.9 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, in fiscal 2012. Cash flows from operations for fiscal 2013 were $51 million. This allowed the Company to reduce long-term debt by $10 million from the prior year and fund the completion of the $22 million distribution center expansion. Outlook For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $120 to $122 million and diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.22, based on diluted weighted-average shares outstanding of 40.6 million. For full-year fiscal 2014, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $585 to $590 million and diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.83 to $1.88, based on diluted weighted-average shares outstanding of 40.7 million. Call Information A conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 results is scheduled for today, March 13, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.A broadcast of the call will be available via Vera Bradley's Investor Relations section of its website, www.verabradley.com. In addition, a replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and remain available until March 27, 2013.To access the recording, listeners should dial (877) 870-5176, and enter the access code, 3941497. About Vera Bradley, Inc. Vera Bradley infuses color into all aspects of women's lives with vibrant handbags, accessories, luggage, eyewear, travel items and gifts. Founded in 1982 by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, the brand inspires women to "be colorful" with designs that reflect their personal style. As of February 2, 2013, Vera Bradley accessories can be found in 65 retail stores in the U.S., 11 outlet stores, approximately 3,400 specialty retailers and online at verabradley.com. Vera Bradley employs approximately 2,400 and the company's fiscal 2013 sales were $541 million. The company's commitment to breast cancer research continues to expand through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. For more information about Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA), visit www.verabradley.com/mediaroom. Website Information We routinely post important information for investors on our website www.verabradley.com in the "Investor Relations" section.We intend to use this website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts.The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document. Vera Bradley Safe Harbor Statement 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, including: possible adverse changes in general economic conditions and their impact on consumer confidence and spending; possible inability to predict and respond in a timely manner to changes in consumer demand; possible loss of key management or design associates or inability to attract and retain the talent required for our business; possible inability to maintain and enhance our brand; possible inability to successfully implement our growth strategies or manage our growing business; possible inability to successfully open new stores as planned; and possible inability to sustain levels of comparable-store sales.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 Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012.We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement. Financial schedules are attached to this release. Vera Bradley, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets ($ in thousands) February 2, January 28, 2013 2012 Assets (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $9,603 $4,922 Accounts receivable, net 34,811 38,097 Inventories 131,562 106,967 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 11,016 8,343 Deferred income taxes 11,348 8,010 Total current assets 198,340 166,339 Property, plant, and equipment, net 77,211 52,312 Other assets 1,768 862 Total assets $277,319 $219,513 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $14,854 $27,276 Accrued employment costs 14,162 15,738 Other accrued liabilities 16,531 15,297 Income taxes payable 7,094 1,705 Current portion of long-term debt 58 89 Total current liabilities 52,699 60,105 Long-term debt 15,037 25,095 Deferred income taxes 6,078 4,205 Other long-term liabilities 9,250 6,101 Total liabilities 83,064 95,506 Shareholders' equity: Additional paid-in-capital 75,675 73,590 Retained earnings 119,190 50,320 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (610) 97 Total shareholders' equity 194,255 124,007 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $277,319 $219,513 Vera Bradley, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income ($ in thousands, except per share amounts) Fourteen Thirteen Fifty-Three Fifty-Two Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended February 2, January 28, February 2, January 28, 2013 2012 2013 2012 (unaudited) (unaudited) Net revenues $162,564 $134,515 $541,148 $460,843 Cost of sales 68,425 58,642 232,867 203,220 Gross profit 94,139 75,873 308,281 257,623 Selling, general, and 55,790 44,953 204,412 169,427 administrative expenses Other income 1,617 1,746 6,277 7,975 Operating income 39,966 32,666 110,146 96,171 Interest expense, net 163 214 679 1,147 Income before income taxes 39,803 32,452 109,467 95,024 Income tax expense 14,674 12,350 40,597 37,103 Net income $25,129 $20,102 $68,870 $57,921 Basic weighted-average shares 40,563 40,507 40,536 40,507 outstanding Diluted weighted-average 40,595 40,555 40,571 40,542 shares outstanding Basic net income per share $0.62 $0.50 $1.70 $1.43 Diluted net income per share 0.62 0.50 1.70 1.43 Vera Bradley, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows ($ in thousands) Fiscal Year Ended February 2, January 28, 2013 2012 Cash flows from operating activities (unaudited) Net income $68,870 $57,921 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization of property, plant, and 10,834 9,457 equipment Provision for doubtful accounts 541 553 Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment 37 51 Stock-based compensation 2,763 1,591 Deferred income taxes (1,405) 1,638 Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 2,745 (4,350) Inventories (25,088) (10,199) Other assets (3,579) 137 Accounts payable (12,423) (2,736) Income taxes payable 5,389 (8,305) Accrued and other liabilities 2,808 5,758 Net cash provided by operating activities 51,492 51,516 Cash flows from investing activities Purchases of property, plant, and equipment (35,893) (18,836) Net cash used in investing activities (35,893) (18,836) Cash flows from financing activities Payments on financial-institution debt (106,000) (76,200) Borrowings on financial-institution debt 96,000 34,450 Payments on vendor-financed debt (89) (83) Shares surrendered for tax withholding (738) -- Other -- 76 Net cash used in financing activities (10,827) (41,757) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash (91) 46 equivalents Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $4,681 $(9,031) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 4,922 13,953 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $9,603 $4,922 Supplemental disclosure of cash-flow information Income taxes paid $35,983 $43,850 Interest paid $797 $956 CONTACT: Investors: Vera Bradley Paul G. Blair (260) 207-5183 Media: 877-708-VERA (8372) Mediacontact@verabradley.com
Vera Bradley Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results
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