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Blue Nile Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Fourth Quarter Sales Increased 21.2% to $136.1 Million Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Diluted Share Total $0.39 Full Year Sales Increased 14.9% to $400.0 Million Full Year Earnings Per Diluted Share Total $0.63

SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, Inc. (Nasdaq:NILE), the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 30, 2012.

Net sales increased 21.2% to $136.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 30, 2012. Operating income for the quarter totaled $7.1 million, representing an operating margin of 5.2% of net sales. Net income totaled $4.9 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $9.1 million.

For the full year, Blue Nile reported net sales of $400.0 million, compared to $348.0 million for the full year of 2011, an increase of 14.9%. Operating income for the full year was $12.3 million compared to $16.9 million in the prior year. Net income for the year was $8.4 million and earnings per diluted share totaled $0.63. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for 2012 was $20.6 million. 

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $34.4 million for the year compared to $15.4 million for the year ended January 1, 2012. Non-GAAP free cash flow for the year was $31.9 million compared to $10.1 million for the prior year.

"The fourth quarter caps off a great year of growth at Blue Nile, building upon our sequential growth while posting greater profitability versus the prior year. Investments we made in 2012 paid off with the highest annual levels of revenue growth and customer acquisition in five years, exceptional strength in engagement sales in the U.S., and a return to strong growth internationally. While we fell short of our expected sales of non-engagement jewelry during the holiday season, in part due to a weaker environment for consumer discretionary spending, we gained valuable insight that will guide the evolution of our product mix. We believe that our strategy to accelerate this part of our business is on track," said Harvey Kanter, President and Chief Executive Officer.  

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