June 5, 2013

Vera Bradley Announces Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

  • Net revenues increased 5% to $123.0 million.
  • Direct net revenues increased 24%, including an increase of 0.9% in comparable-store sales; Indirect net revenues decreased 15%.
  • Diluted EPS were $0.23 compared to $0.31 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

FORT WAYNE, Ind., June 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vera Bradley, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRA) today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2014 first quarter ended May 4, 2013. The Company reported net revenues of $123.0 million for the first quarter, compared to $117.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase of $5.8 million, or 5.0%. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.23, a decrease of 26% over diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Mike Ray, Chief Executive Officer commented, "We delivered on our expectations for the first quarter. Net revenue slightly exceeded our guidance, with comparable store sales growth of 0.9%, and indirect performance in line with expectations, while gross margin was slightly ahead. We also continue to be pleased with our new store performance as well as the growth in our e-commerce channel. Looking forward, in light of our outlook, we have narrowed our focus to ensure that we can execute our strategies as quickly as possible, both to address our challenges and to achieve our longer-term vision for the brand."

In the Direct segment, revenues increased 24% to $73.7 million, as a result of growth across all of our channels. In our stores, net revenues grew 34% during the quarter, due to the opening of 19 full-price and four outlet stores since the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales increased 0.9%. E-commerce revenue grew 23% primarily due to continued growth in website traffic.  Indirect revenues decreased 15% to $49.3 million, primarily due to cautious ordering from our specialty retailers in this challenging retail environment.

Gross profit for the first quarter increased 4.8% to $68.5 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 55.6%, in line with the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Total SG&A expense was $55.2 million for the first quarter, compared to $47.2 million in the prior year. SG&A as a percentage of net revenues was 44.9%, unfavorable by 460 basis points compared to the prior year, primarily due to lower revenues in the Indirect segment and full-price stores and annualization of employee-related expenses.

Operating income decreased 27% to $15.2 million, or 12.3% of net revenues, in the first quarter, compared to operating income of $20.8 million, or 17.8% of net revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. 

The effective tax rate was 38.9% for the quarter, in line with the prior year.

Net income for the quarter was $9.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $12.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. 

Cash flow from operations during the first quarter totaled $14.9 million, compared to $30.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, with the decrease primarily a result of increased inventory. Cash flow for the quarter was used to pay down the Company's debt facility to $5.0 million at quarter end.   

Outlook

For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company expects net revenues to be in a range of $123 million to $126 million, compared to $123 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Gross margin for the second quarter is expected to expand by approximately 200 basis points. 

Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in a range of $0.31 to $0.33. The earnings per share estimate assumes an effective tax rate of 38.5% and fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 40.6 million.

For fiscal 2014, the Company now expects net revenues to be in a range of $570 million to $575 million. Gross margin is expected to decline up to 20 basis points for the full year.

Diluted earnings per share for the full year are now expected to be in a range of $1.74 to $1.78. This guidance includes an effective tax rate of 38.5% and fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 40.7 million. Capital spending for the full year remains at approximately $20 million.

Other Company Developments

Vera Bradley also announced today in a separate press release that Michael Ray has informed the Board of Directors that he plans to retire as CEO. The Board is conducting a search for his successor, and Mr. Ray will continue to serve as CEO until a successor is in place.

Call Information

A conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 first quarter results is scheduled for today, June 5, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. A broadcast of the call will be available via Vera Bradley's Investor Relations section of its website, www.verabradley.com.  In addition, a replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and remain available through June 19, 2013.  To access the recording, listeners should dial (877) 870-5176, and enter the access code, 9551028.

About Vera Bradley, Inc.

Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women's handbags and accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, stationery and gifts. Founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, the brand's iconic designs and versatile styles offer women of all ages a colorful way to accessorize every look. Vera Bradley offers a unique, multi-channel sales model as well as a focus on service and a high level of engagement with fans. Fiscal 2013 net revenues increased by 17% to $541 million. The company's commitment to breast cancer research continues to increase its reach through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. For more information about Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA), visit www.verabradley.com/mediaroom.

Website Information

We routinely post important information for investors on our website www.verabradley.com in the "Investor Relations" section. We intend to use this website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

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 February 2, 2013.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement. Financial schedules are attached to this release.

Vera Bradley, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
    
 May 4,
2013
February 2,
2013
April 28,
2012
Assets      
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 8,229  $ 9,603  $ 6,022
Accounts receivable, net  26,758  34,811  36,109
Inventories  138,949  131,562  98,231
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  9,211  11,016  8,447
Deferred income taxes  11,860  11,348  8,203
Total current assets  195,007  198,340  157,012
       
Property, plant, and equipment, net  79,652  77,211  61,535
Other assets  1,630  1,768  766
Total assets  $ 276,289  $ 277,319  $ 219,313
       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable  $ 17,768  $ 14,853  $ 31,195
Accrued employment costs  9,571  14,162  8,047
Other accrued liabilities  18,335  16,532  16,613
Income taxes payable  5,761  7,094  7,374
Current portion of long-term debt  42  58  90
Total current liabilities  51,477  52,699  63,319
       
Long-term debt  5,030  15,037  7,322
Deferred income taxes  6,102  6,078  4,243
Other long-term liabilities  10,134  9,250  7,619
Total liabilities  72,743  83,064  82,503
       
Shareholders' equity:      
Additional paid-in capital  76,032  75,675  73,950
Retained earnings  128,379  119,190  62,946
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income  (865)  (610)  (86)
Total shareholders' equity  203,546  194,255  136,810
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 276,289  $ 277,319  $ 219,313
     
Vera Bradley, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
   
   
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 May 4,
2013
April 28
2012
    
Net revenues  $ 123,033  $ 117,201
Cost of sales  54,567  51,899
Gross profit  68,466  65,302
Selling, general, and administrative expenses  55,227  47,191
Other income  1,951  2,699
Operating income  15,190  20,810
Interest expense, net  141  191
Income before income taxes  15,049  20,619
Income tax expense  5,860  7,993
Net income  $ 9,189  $ 12,626
     
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding  40,580  40,515
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding  40,624  40,547
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.23  $ 0.31
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.23  $ 0.31
     
Vera Bradley, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 May 4,
2013
April 28,
2012
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net income  $ 9,189  $ 12,626
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by    
(used in) operating activities:    
Depreciation of property, plant, and equipment  3,323  2,268
Provision for doubtful accounts  (213)  195
Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment  2  21
Stock-based compensation  806  625
Deferred income taxes  (548)  (155)
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable  8,266  1,793
Inventories  (7,567)  8,587
Prepaid expenses and other assets  1,943  (8)
Accounts payable  2,915  3,919
Income taxes payable  (1,333)  5,669
Accrued and other liabilities  (1,904)  (4,857)
Net cash provided by operating activities  14,879  30,683
   
Cash flows from investing activities  
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment  (5,811)  (11,512)
Net cash used in investing activities  (5,811)  (11,512)
   
Cash flows from financing activities  
Payments on financial-institution debt  (35,000)  (32,750)
Borrowings on financial-institution debt  25,000  15,000
Payments on vendor-financed debt  (23)  (22)
Tax withholdings for equity compensation  (389)  (265)
Net cash used in financing activities  (10,412)  (18,037)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (30)  (34)
     
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (1,374)  1,100
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  9,603  4,922
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $ 8,229  $ 6,022
     
CONTACT: Investors:

         Vera Bradley

         Paul G. Blair

         pblair@verabradley.com

         (260) 207-5183

         

         Media:

         877-708-VERA (8372)

         Mediacontact@verabradley.com


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