"We are pleased with how our customers have responded to our brand during the fourth quarter," commented Michael C. Ray, Vera Bradley's Chief Executive Officer. "While traffic in our comparable store base was a bit softer than expected, we believe our overall sales performance demonstrates the benefits of our multi-channel retail model."
The Company plans to report its fiscal year 2013 fourth quarter and full-year results on Thursday, March 14, 2013, after the market close. The Company also plans to hold a conference call to discuss its financial results the same day at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Company will be presenting at the 15th Annual ICR XChange Conference held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:50 am Eastern Time. Michael Ray, Chief Executive Officer will host the presentation. The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live at
under the Investor Relations section. An archived replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the live event.
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 October 27, 2012, Vera Bradley accessories can be found in 64 retail stores in the U.S., 11 outlet stores, approximately 3,300 specialty retailers and online at verabradley.com. Vera Bradley employs approximately 2,000 and the Company's fiscal 2012 sales were $461 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
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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.
Paul G. Blair