Net Sales growth of 22.4% for Q4 2012 Adjusted EPS $0.65, a 25% increase from Q4 2011 Board of Directors Authorizes an Additional $25 Million for Share Repurchase Program WARRENDALE, Pa., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- rue21, inc. (Nasdaq:RUE) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended February 2, 2013. Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Summary: For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 22.4% to $269.1 million from $219.9 million a year ago, including a comparable store sales increase for the quarter of 0.7% following a 2.2% decrease in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company opened 17 new stores and closed 2 stores in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Gross margin increased 110 bps to 37.6% for the quarter, driven by improved merchandise margin of 70 basis points and leverage of expenses. Net income and diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter were impacted by non-recurring professional fees of $1.2 million. On a GAAP basis, net income increased 16.4% and EPS were $0.62 versus $0.52 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusting out non-recurring professional fees in this year's fourth quarter, net income increased by 22.4% and adjusted EPS were $0.65 versus $0.52 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements included with this release. Bob Fisch, rue21's President and CEO, stated: "Fiscal 2012 was another year of consistent top and bottom line growth for rue21, including record gross margin and double-digit growth in net income. We continue to focus on the qualities that make rue21 appealing to our customers and our financial returns attractive for our shareholders: offering current fashion at every day great value, executing on our strategic square footage growth, and methodically delivering productivity and profitability gains every quarter."