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Vera Bradley Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2013 Results

  • Fourth quarter net revenues increased 21% to $162.6 million; Direct net revenues increased 27% and Indirect net revenues increased 11%.
  • Diluted EPS were $0.62 for the fourth quarter, compared to $0.50 for the same quarter of fiscal 2012, an increase of 24%.
  • Full year net revenues increased 17% to $541.1 million; Direct net revenues increased 30% and Indirect net revenues increased 6%.
  • Diluted 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.

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