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"Acknowledging the immense stock price pressure on VRA shares, we continue to believe in the company able to achieve at least their guidance range of $1.68 to $1.71 this year in EPS--resulting in a valuation near 15x versus what we believe could be at least high-teens EPS growth," Piper Jaffray analysts wrote in an April 17 report. "We fully recognize that these shares may not see reprieve until clarity on the fundamentals can be achieved; that said, we believe investors willing to take on a bit more of a risk profile could likely be rewarded for buying shares at these levels. We are reiterating our Overweight rating and $50 price target on VRA shares."
Shares of Vera Bradley hit a 52-week low Tuesday of $23.54. The stock's 52-week high of $52.36 was set on May 19.
Vera Bradley trades at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 12.11 times; the average for clothing and accessories companies is 14.72. For comparison,
Perry Ellis International(PERY) has a lower forward P/E of 7.56.
Nine of the 12 analysts who cover Vera Bradley rated it buy; three analysts gave the stock a hold rating.
The stock has fallen 24.47% year to date.