Vera Bradley Designs, Inc
Vera Bradley, Inc. (Form: 10-Q, Received: 12/13/2011 16:54:52)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended October 29, 2011

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Transition Period From                 to

Commission File Number: 001-34918

 

 

VERA BRADLEY, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Indiana   27-2935063

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

2208 Production Road,

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  46808
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(877) 708-8372

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

None

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes   ¨     No   x

The registrant had 40,506,670 shares of its common stock outstanding as of November 30, 2011.

 

 

 


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  Financial Statements (unaudited)   
  Consolidated Balance Sheets as of October 29, 2011, and January 29, 2011      4   
  Consolidated Statements of Income for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010      5   
  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010      6   
  Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements      7   

Item 2.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      12   

Item 3.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      21   

Item 4.

  Controls and Procedures      21   

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1A.

  Risk Factors      22   

Item 6.

  Exhibits      22   

 

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F ORWARD - LOOKING S TATEMENTS

This report contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this report are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements refer to our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, strategies, future performance, and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “can have,” and “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. For example, all statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, revenues, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates, and financial results, our plans and objectives for future operations, growth, initiatives, or strategies, or the expected outcome or impact of pending or threatened litigation are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to 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 consumer 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 and operate new stores as planned;

 

   

possible inability to sustain levels of comparable-store sales; and

 

   

possible adverse changes in the cost of raw materials and labor used to manufacture our products.

We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating plans and forecasts, which are based upon detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results.

For a discussion of these risks 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” beginning on page 16 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011.

We caution you that the risks and uncertainties identified by us may not be all of the factors that are important to you. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements included in this report are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Vera Bradley, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

($ in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     October 29,
2011
     January 29,
2011
 

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 8,342       $ 13,953   

Accounts receivable, net

     38,591         34,300   

Inventories

     111,099         96,717   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     8,651         6,754   

Deferred income taxes

     10,317         8,743   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     177,000         160,467   

Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $39,724 and $32,808, respectively

     47,308         42,984   

Other assets

     967         2,588   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 225,275       $ 206,039   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

   $ 18,949       $ 30,012   

Accrued employment costs

     12,515         17,892   

Income taxes payable

     —           10,010   

Current portion of long-term debt

     88         83   

Other accrued liabilities

     14,468         10,551   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     46,020         68,548   

Long-term debt

     65,568         66,934   

Deferred income taxes

     4,820         3,300   

Other long-term liabilities

     5,413         2,935   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     121,821         141,717   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)

     

Shareholders’ equity:

     

Preferred stock; October 29, 2011, and January 29, 2011 – 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

     —           —     

Common stock, without par value; October 29, 2011, and January 29, 2011 – 200,000,000 shares authorized, 40,506,670 shares issued and outstanding

     —           —     

Additional paid-in-capital

     73,115         71,923   

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

     30,218         (7,601

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     121         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity

     103,454         64,322   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 225,275       $ 206,039   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

($ in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
    October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
 

Net revenues

   $ 121,149       $ 91,595      $ 326,328       $ 256,672   

Cost of sales

     55,471         39,921        144,578         109,362   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

     65,678         51,674        181,750         147,310   

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

     45,365         53,239        124,474         125,824   

Other income

     1,206         1,373        6,229         5,286   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     21,519         (192     63,505         26,772   

Interest expense, net

     288         584        933         1,227   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     21,231         (776     62,572         25,545   

Income tax (benefit) expense

     8,269         (6,775     24,753         (6,418
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 12,962       $ 5,999      $ 37,819       $ 31,963   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Basic weighted-average shares outstanding

     40,506,670         36,082,298        40,506,670         35,654,464   

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding

     40,540,429         36,213,361        40,538,022         35,699,156   

Basic net income per share

   $ 0.32       $ 0.17      $ 0.93       $ 0.90   

Diluted net income per share

     0.32         0.17        0.93         0.90   

Basic distributions per share

     —           3.12        —           3.69   

Diluted distributions per share

     —           3.11        —           3.69   

Pro forma income information (Notes 1 and 6):

          

Income (loss) before income taxes

      $ (776      $ 25,545   

Pro forma income tax expense

        1,256           11,885   
     

 

 

      

 

 

 

Pro forma net income (loss)

      $ (2,032      $ 13,660   
     

 

 

      

 

 

 

Pro forma basic weighted-average shares outstanding

        36,082,298           35,654,464   

Pro forma diluted weighted-average shares outstanding

        36,082,298           35,699,156   

Pro forma basic net income (loss) per share

      $ (0.06      $ 0.38   

Pro forma diluted net income (loss) per share

        (0.06        0.38   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

($ in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
 

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Net income

   $ 37,819      $ 31,963   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization of property, plant, and equipment

     6,992        6,193   

Provision for doubtful accounts

     375        119   

Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment

     —          278   

Write-off of debt-issuance costs

     —          227   

Stock-based compensation

     1,116        15,799   

Deferred income taxes

     (54     (6,604

Changes in assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (4,703     2,052   

Inventories

     (14,382     (17,153

Other assets

     (239     700   

Accounts payable

     (11,063     1,564   

Income taxes payable

     (10,010     —     

Accrued and other liabilities

     1,018        1,143   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     6,869        36,281   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

    

Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

     (11,316     (7,303

Restricted cash on deposit

     —          1,500   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (11,316     (5,803
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Payments on financial-institution debt

     (28,000     (58,900

Borrowings on financial-institution debt

     26,700        105,673   

Payments on vendor-financed debt

     (61     (34

Payment of debt-issuance costs

     —          (1,104

Issuance of stock, net of costs

     —          56,337   

Repurchase of stock

     —          (304

Payments of distributions

     —          (132,782

Other

     76        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (1,285     (31,114
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     121        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (5,611     (636

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     13,953        6,509   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 8,342      $ 5,873   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

1. Description of the Company and Basis of Presentation

Vera Bradley, Inc. was formed as an Indiana corporation on June 23, 2010, for the purpose of reorganizing the corporate structure of Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. On October 3, 2010, the shareholders of Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. contributed all of their shares of Class A Voting Common Stock and Class B Non-Voting Common Stock of Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. to Vera Bradley, Inc. in return for shares of Vera Bradley, Inc. Class A Voting Common Stock and Class B Non-Voting Common Stock on a one-for-one basis. In addition, effective October 3, 2010, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. converted from an “S” Corporation to a “C” Corporation for income tax purposes. Further, on October 18, 2010, Vera Bradley, Inc. recapitalized all of its Class A Voting Common Stock and Class B Non-Voting Common Stock into a single class of common stock and effectuated a 35.437-for-1 stock split of all outstanding shares of its common stock. These events collectively are referred to as the “Reorganization.” As a result of the Reorganization, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vera Bradley, Inc. Except where context requires or where otherwise indicated, the terms “Company” and “Vera Bradley” refer to Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries before the Reorganization and to Vera Bradley, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., after the Reorganization. All historical common stock and per share common stock information has been changed to reflect the stock split.

Vera Bradley is a leading designer, producer, marketer, and retailer of stylish, highly functional accessories for women. The Company’s products include a wide offering of handbags, accessories, luggage, travel, eyewear, and paper and gift accessories. The Company generates net revenues by selling products through two reportable segments: Indirect and Direct. The Indirect business consists of sales of Vera Bradley products to approximately 3,400 independent retailers, substantially all of which are located in the United States, as well as select national retailers and third-party e-commerce sites. The Direct business consists of sales of Vera Bradley products through the Company’s full-price, outlet, and Japanese pop-up stores, its websites, verabradley.com and verabradley.co.jp, and its annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As of October 29, 2011, the Company operated 47 full-price stores and eight outlet stores.

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) have been omitted. These interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, filed with the SEC.

The interim financial statements reflect all adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary to present fairly the results for the interim periods presented. All such adjustments are of a normal, recurring nature. The results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year.

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The Company has eliminated intercompany balances and transactions in consolidation.

Fiscal Periods

The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. References to the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, refer to the thirteen-week periods ended on those dates.

Pro Forma Income Statement Information

Prior to the Reorganization, the Company was taxed as an “S” Corporation for purposes of federal and state income taxes. Accordingly, each of the Company’s shareholders was required to include his or her portion of the Company’s taxable income or loss on his or her federal and state income tax returns. As part of the Reorganization, the Company’s “S” Corporation status automatically terminated and the Company became subject to increased taxes.

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

The unaudited pro forma income statement information gives effect to an adjustment for income tax expense as if the Company had been a “C” Corporation as of the beginning of each period presented. See Note 6 for additional information regarding pro forma income tax expense.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2011-05, Comprehensive Income—Presentation of Comprehensive Income . This guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the Statement of Shareholders’ Equity. Instead, the Company must report comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement of comprehensive income which contains two sections, net income and other comprehensive income, or in two separate but consecutive statements. While the new guidance changes the presentation of comprehensive income, there are no changes to the components that are recognized in net income or other comprehensive income under current accounting guidance. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. As this guidance only amends the presentation of the components of comprehensive income, the adoption will not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-4, Fair Value Measurement—Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRS . The guidance requires additional disclosures, including disclosures related to the measurement of level 3 assets. The guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 and is applied prospectively. The Company is currently evaluating this guidance, but does not expect its adoption will have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements.

 

2. Earnings Per Share

Net income per share is computed under the provisions of ASC 260, Earnings Per Share. Basic net income per share is computed based on the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted net income per share is computed based on the weighted-average number of common shares plus the effect of dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period using the treasury stock method. Dilutive potential common shares represent outstanding restricted stock units. The components of basic and diluted net income per share were as follows ($ in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended      Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
 

Numerator:

           

Net income

   $ 12,962       $ 5,999       $ 37,819       $ 31,963   

Denominator:

           

Weighted-average number of common shares (basic)

     40,506,670         36,082,298         40,506,670         35,654,464   

Dilutive effect of stock-based awards

     33,759         131,063         31,352         44,692   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of common shares (diluted)

     40,540,429         36,213,361         40,538,022         35,699,156   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.32       $ 0.17       $ 0.93       $ 0.90   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.32       $ 0.17       $ 0.93       $ 0.90   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

3. Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The carrying amounts reflected on the consolidated balance sheets for cash and cash equivalents, receivables, prepaid expenses and other current assets, and payables as of October 29, 2011, and January 29, 2011, approximated their fair values. The carrying value of our bank borrowings approximates fair value since it bears interest at variable rates. See Note 5—Long-Term Debt to Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding the Company’s debt.

 

4. Inventories

The components of inventories were as follows (in thousands):

 

     October 29,
2011
     January 29,
2011
 

Raw materials

   $ 14,084       $ 9,695   

Work in process

     753         829   

Finished goods

     96,262         86,193   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventories

   $ 111,099       $ 96,717   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

5. Long-Term Debt

Long-term debt consisted of the following as of October 29, 2011, and January 29, 2011 (in thousands):

 

     October 29,
2011
     January 29,
2011
 

Amended and restated credit agreement

   $ 65,450       $ 66,750   

Vendor-financed debt

     206         267   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
     65,656         67,017   

Less: Current maturities

     88         83   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 65,568       $ 66,934   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

At October 29, 2011, the interest rate on outstanding borrowings under the Company’s $125 million amended and restated credit agreement was 1.3%, and the Company had borrowing availability of $59.5 million under the agreement.

 

6. Income Taxes

Prior to October 3, 2010, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. was taxed as an “S” Corporation for federal income tax purposes under Section 1362 of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore was not subject to federal and state income taxes (subject to exception in a limited number of state and local jurisdictions that do not recognize the “S” Corporation status). On October 3, 2010, as part of the Reorganization, the Company’s “S” Corporation status automatically terminated and the Company became subject to corporate-level federal and state income taxes at prevailing corporate rates.

The provision for income taxes for interim periods is based on an estimate of the annual effective tax rate adjusted to reflect the impact of discrete items. Significant management judgment is required in projecting ordinary income (loss) to estimate the Company’s annual effective tax rate.

The effective tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, was 38.9%. The Company’s effective tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, was negatively impacted by the net operating loss incurred by the Company’s recently formed Japanese subsidiary, for which no tax benefit was recorded. The valuation allowance recorded against the deferred tax asset arising from the net operating loss of the Company’s Japanese subsidiary increased the effective tax rate by 1.1% for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011.

The effective tax rate for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, was 39.6%. The Company’s effective tax rate for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, was negatively impacted by the non-deductibility of expenses related to the April 2011 secondary offering and by the net operating loss incurred by the Company’s recently formed Japanese subsidiary, for which no tax benefit was recorded. The non-deductibility of the secondary offering expenses increased the effective tax rate by approximately 0.3% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011. The secondary offering expenses were recorded as a discrete event in the effective tax rate in the thirteen weeks ended April 30, 2011. The valuation allowance recorded against the deferred tax asset arising from the net operating loss of the Company’s Japanese subsidiary increased the effective tax rate by 1.3% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011.

The following table provides a reconciliation of differences from the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35% on an actual and a pro-forma basis for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 30, 2010:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
October 30, 2010
    Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
October 30, 2010
 
($ in thousands)    Actual     Pro Forma     Actual     Pro Forma  

“C” Corporation tax (benefit) expense

        

Federal taxes at 35% statutory rate

   $ (4,523   $ (271   $ (4,523   $ 8,941   

State and local income taxes

     (576     (35     (576     1,139   

Nondeductible stock-based compensation

     1,198        1,686        1,198        1,686   

Impact of change in tax status

     (2,758     —          (2,758     —     

Other

     (237     (124     (237     119   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total “C” Corporation tax (benefit) expense

     (6,896     1,256        (6,896     11,885   

“S” Corporation tax expense

     121        —          478        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income tax (benefit) expense

   $ (6,775   $ 1,256      $ (6,418   $ 11,885   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $6.8 million. The benefit was comprised of (1) the one-time deferred tax benefit of $2.8 million recognized upon the “S” Corporation termination and (2) a benefit of $4.1 million related to the activity for the period in which the Company was a “C” Corporation (October 3, 2010, through October 30, 2010) at an effective tax rate of 41.3%, offset in part by $0.1 million of state taxes related to taxing jurisdictions that did not recognize the Company’s previous “S” Corporation status. Included in this benefit is tax expense of $1.2 million related to permanently nondeductible stock-based compensation expense associated with restricted-stock awards that vested during the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010.

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

7. Comprehensive Income

The components of comprehensive income were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended      Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
 

Net income

   $ 12,962       $ 5,999       $ 37,819       $ 31,963   

Cumulative translation adjustment

     47         —           121         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

   $ 13,009       $ 5,999       $ 37,940       $ 31,963   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

8. Stock-Based Compensation

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation under the fair-value recognition provisions of ASC 718, Stock Compensation. Under these provisions, for its awards of restricted stock and restricted stock units, the Company recognizes share-based compensation expense in an amount equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the grant date of the respective award. This expense, net of estimated forfeitures, is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period.

The Company has reserved 6,076,001 shares of common stock for issuance or transfer under the 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan, which allows for grants of restricted stock units as well as other equity awards.

Awards of Restricted Stock Units

During the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, the Company granted a total of 841 restricted stock units to certain employees under the 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan. During the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, the Company granted a total of 110,943 restricted stock units with an aggregate fair value of $4.6 million to certain employees and non-employee directors under the 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan. These restricted stock units vest and settle in shares of the Company’s common stock, on a one-for-one basis, in equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date. The Company is recognizing the expense relating to these awards, net of estimated forfeitures, on a straight-line basis over three years. The Company determined the fair value of the awards based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the grant date.

The following table sets forth a summary of restricted stock unit activity for the period ended October 29, 2011:

 

     Number of
Units
    Weighted-
Average
Grant Date
Fair
Value
(per unit)
 

Nonvested units outstanding at January 29, 2011

     54,225      $ 16.00   

Granted

     110,943        41.24   

Vested

     —          —     

Forfeited

     (10,170     27.89   
  

 

 

   

Nonvested units outstanding at October 29, 2011

     154,998      $ 33.28   
  

 

 

   

 

9. Related-Party Transactions

In June 2011, the Company sold certain life insurance policies on the lives of its founders, who are also directors and officers of the Company, to the insureds at the fair market value of $0.7 million. The cash surrender value of the policies was $0.6 million, resulting in a $0.1 million gain. The cash surrender value was included in other assets prior to the sale and the gain on the sale was recorded in other income. Other life insurance policies not purchased by the insureds were terminated.

 

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Vera Bradley, Inc.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

10. Commitments and Contingencies

The Company is subject to various claims and contingencies arising in the normal course of business, including those relating to product liability, legal, employee benefit, environmental, and other matters. Management believes that the likelihood is remote that any of these claims will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

11. Segment Reporting

The Company has two operating segments, which are also its reportable segments: Indirect and Direct. These operating segments are components of the Company for which separate financial information is available and for which operating results are evaluated on a regular basis by the chief operating decision maker in deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing the performance of the segments.

The Indirect segment represents activity driven by revenues generated through the distribution of Company-branded products to approximately 3,400 independent retailers, substantially all of which are located in the United States. The Direct segment includes the Company’s full-price, outlet, and Japanese pop-up stores, e-commerce activity driven by the Company’s websites, and the annual outlet sale. Revenues generated through this segment are driven by the sale of Company-branded products from Vera Bradley to end customers.

Corporate costs represent the Company’s administrative expenses, which include, but are not limited to: human resources, legal, finance, IT, and various other corporate-level-activity-related expenses. All intercompany-related activities are eliminated in consolidation and are excluded from the segment reporting.

The chief operating decision maker evaluates segment operating results based on several indicators. The primary or key performance indicators for each segment are net revenues and operating income. The table below represents key financial information for each of the Company’s reportable segments: Indirect and Direct (in thousands):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
    October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
 

Segment net revenues:

        

Indirect

   $ 69,123      $ 59,754      $ 182,290      $ 161,286   

Direct

     52,026        31,841        144,038        95,386   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 121,149      $ 91,595      $ 326,328      $ 256,672   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment operating income:

        

Indirect

   $ 26,690      $ 23,624      $ 72,478      $ 67,843   

Direct

     13,490        8,968        38,895        28,012   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 40,180      $ 32,592      $ 111,373      $ 95,855   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Reconciliation:

        

Segment operating income

   $ 40,180      $ 32,592      $ 111,373      $ 95,855   

Less:

        

Unallocated corporate expenses

     (18,661     (32,784     (47,868     (69,083
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 21,519      $ (192   $ 63,505      $ 26,772   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Sales outside of the United States were insignificant.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion summarizes the significant factors affecting the consolidated operating results, financial condition, liquidity, and cash flows of our Company as of and for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, and our unaudited consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in Item 1. of this Quarterly Report.

Overview

Vera Bradley is a leading designer, producer, marketer, and retailer of stylish, highly functional accessories for women. Our products include a wide offering of handbags, accessories, luggage, travel, eyewear, and paper and gifts. Over our 29-year history, Vera Bradley has become a true lifestyle brand that appeals to a broad range of consumers. Our brand vision is accessible luxury that inspires a casual, fun, and family-oriented lifestyle. We have positioned our brand to highlight the high quality, distinctive and vibrant styling, and functional design of our products. Frequent releases of new designs help keep the brand fresh and our customers continually engaged.

We generate revenues by selling products through two reportable segments: Indirect and Direct. As of October 29, 2011, our Indirect business consisted of sales of Vera Bradley products to approximately 3,400 independent retailers, substantially all of which are located in the United States, and to select national retailers and independent e-commerce sites. As of October 29, 2011, our Direct business consisted of sales of Vera Bradley products through our full-price, outlet, and Japanese pop-up stores, our websites, verabradley.com and verabradley.co.jp, and our annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the United States we operated 47 full-price and eight outlet stores as of October 29, 2011, compared to 34 full-price stores and four outlet stores as of October 30, 2010.

During the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, we continued to experience strong demand for our brand across all of our sales channels, as reflected in our net revenue growth of 32.3%. In our Indirect segment, net revenues increased 15.7%, driven primarily by the strength of product offerings, improved productivity through our retail partners, and the sale of certain retired inventory. In our Direct segment, net revenues increased 63.4%, including an increase of $9.3 million in revenues related to the opening of new stores, a $9.9 million, or 55.1%, increase in e-commerce revenues, and a comparable-store sales increase of 7.4%. Additionally, we achieved operating income of $21.5 million for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, compared to an operating loss of $0.2 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010. Operating income for the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010, included $15.7 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with vesting of restricted-stock awards upon our initial public offering.

During the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, we remained focused on executing our growth strategies, which include growing in underpenetrated markets and expanding our store base and product offerings. In doing so, we opened 12 full-price stores and four outlet stores. We also introduced our brand in Japan through a combination of pop-up stores and the launch of a Japanese-language website. We believe the combination of our expanding product offerings and continued growth in underpenetrated markets will lead to meaningful growth opportunities throughout the remainder of fiscal 2012.

Although we believe that our strategies will continue to offer significant opportunities, they also present risks and challenges. These risks and challenges include that we may not be able to effectively predict and respond to changing fashion trends and customer preferences, that we may not be able to find desirable locations for new stores, and that we may not be able to effectively manage our future growth. Addressing these risks could divert our attention from continuing to build on the strengths that we believe have driven the growth of our business, but we believe that our focus on brand identity, customer loyalty, a distinctive shopping experience, product development expertise, and company culture will contribute positively to our results.

How We Assess the Performance of Our Business

In assessing the performance of our business, we consider a variety of performance and financial measures.

Net Revenues

Net revenues represent revenues from the sale of our merchandise and from distribution and shipping and handling fees, less returns and discounts. Revenues for the Indirect segment represent revenues from sales to our independent retailers, select national retailers, and independent e-commerce sites. Revenues for the Direct segment represent revenues from sales through our full-price, outlet, and Japanese pop-up stores, our websites, and our annual outlet sale.

 

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Comparable-Store Sales

Comparable-store sales are calculated based upon our stores that have been open at least 12 full fiscal months as of the end of the reporting period. Remodeled stores are included in comparable-store sales unless the store was closed for a portion of the current or comparable prior period or the remodel resulted in a significant change in square footage. Some of our competitors and other retailers calculate comparable or “same store” sales differently than we do. As a result, data in this report regarding our comparable-store sales may not be comparable to similar data made available by other companies. Non-comparable store sales include sales from stores not included in comparable-store sales.

Measuring the change in year-over-year comparable-store sales allows us to evaluate how our store base is performing. Various factors affect our comparable-store sales, including:

 

   

Overall economic trends;

 

   

Consumer preferences and fashion trends;

 

   

Competition;

 

   

The timing of our releases of new patterns and collections;

 

   

Changes in our product mix;

 

   

Pricing;

 

   

Store traffic;

 

   

The level of customer service that we provide in stores;

 

   

Our ability to source and distribute products efficiently;

 

   

The number of stores we open and close in any period; and

 

   

The timing and success of promotional and advertising efforts.

Gross Profit

Gross profit is equal to our net revenues less our cost of sales. Gross margin measures gross profit as a percentage of our net revenues. Cost of sales includes the direct cost of purchased merchandise, manufactured merchandise, distribution center costs, operations overhead, duty, and all inbound freight costs incurred. The components of our reported cost of sales may not be comparable to those of other retail and wholesale companies.

Gross profit can be impacted by changes in volume, operational efficiencies, such as leveraging of fixed costs, promotional activities, such as free shipping, and fluctuations in pricing structures.

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)

SG&A expenses fall into three categories: (1) selling; (2) advertising, marketing, and product development; and (3) administrative. Selling expenses include Direct business expenses such as store expenses, employee compensation, and store occupancy and supply costs, as well as Indirect business expenses consisting primarily of employee compensation and other expenses associated with sales to Indirect retailers. Advertising, marketing, and product development expenses include employee compensation, media costs, creative production expenses, marketing agency fees, new product design costs, public relations expenses, and market research expenses. A portion of our advertising expenses may be reimbursed by Indirect retailers, and such amount is classified as other income. Administrative expenses include compensation costs for corporate functions, corporate headquarters occupancy costs, consulting and software expenses, and charitable donations. SG&A expenses increase as the number of stores increases, but not in the same proportion as the associated increase in revenues. Certain prior-year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-year presentation.

Other Income

We support many of our Indirect retailers’ marketing efforts by distributing certain catalogs and promotional mailers to current and prospective customers. Our Indirect retailers reimburse us for a portion of the cost to produce these materials. Reimbursement received is recorded as other income. The related cost to design, produce, and distribute the catalogs and mailers is recorded as SG&A expense. Other income also includes proceeds from the sales of tickets to our annual outlet sale and the gain on the sale of certain life insurance policies.

 

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Operating Income

Operating income equals gross profit less SG&A expenses and plus other income. Operating income excludes interest income, interest expense, and income taxes.

Income Taxes

Prior to October 3, 2010, we were taxed as an “S” Corporation for federal income tax purposes under Section 1362 of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore were not subject to federal and state income taxes (subject to exception in a limited number of state and local jurisdictions that do not recognize the “S” Corporation status). On October 3, 2010, our “S” Corporation status automatically terminated and we became subject to corporate-level federal and state income taxes at prevailing corporate rates.

Our provisions for income taxes for interim reporting periods are based on an estimate of the effective tax rate for each of the periods presented. The computation of the effective tax rate includes a forecast of our estimated ordinary income (loss), which is the annual income (loss) from operations before income tax, excluding unusual or infrequently occurring (or discrete) items.

Results of Operations

The following tables summarize key components of our consolidated results of operations for the periods indicated, both in dollars and as a percentage of our net revenues ($ in thousands):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
    October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
 
     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

Statement of Income Data:

        

Net revenues

   $ 121,149      $ 91,595      $ 326,328      $ 256,672   

Cost of sales

     55,471        39,921        144,578        109,362   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     65,678        51,674        181,750        147,310   

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

     45,365        53,239        124,474        125,824   

Other income

     1,206        1,373        6,229        5,286   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     21,519        (192     63,505        26,772   

Interest expense, net

     288        584        933        1,227   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     21,231        (776     62,572        25,545   

Income tax (benefit) expense

     8,269        (6,775     24,753        (6,418
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 12,962      $ 5,999      $ 37,819      $ 31,963   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Percentage of Net Revenues:

        

Net revenues

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0

Cost of sales

     45.8     43.6     44.3     42.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     54.2     56.4     55.7     57.4

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

     37.5     58.1     38.1     49.0

Other income

     1.0     1.5     1.9     2.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     17.8     (0.2 )%      19.5     10.4

Interest expense, net

     0.2     0.6     0.3     0.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     17.5     (0.8 )%      19.2     10.0

Income tax (benefit) expense

     6.8     (7.4 )%      7.6     (2.5 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     10.7     6.5     11.6     12.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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The following tables present net revenues by operating segment, both in dollars and as a percentage of our net revenues, and store data for the periods indicated ($ in thousands, except as otherwise indicated):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended      Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
     October 29,
2011
     October 30,
2010
 
     (unaudited)      (unaudited)      (unaudited)      (unaudited)  

Net Revenues by Segment:

           

Indirect

   $ 69,123       $ 59,754       $ 182,290       $ 161,286   

Direct

     52,026         31,841         144,038         95,386   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 121,149       $ 91,595       $ 326,328       $ 256,672   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
    October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
 
     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

Percentage of Net Revenues by Segment:

        

Indirect

     57.1     65.2     55.9     62.8

Direct

     42.9     34.8     44.1     37.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Store Data: (1)

        

Total stores open at end of period

     55        38        55        38   

Comparable-store sales increase (2)

     7.4     32.5     12.0     28.2

Total gross square footage at end of period

     111,235        72,863        111,235        72,863   

Average net revenues per gross square foot (3)

   $ 233      $ 175      $ 703      $ 528   

 

(1) Includes only our full-price and outlet stores.
(2) Comparable-store sales are the net revenues of our stores that have been open at least 12 full fiscal months as of the end of the period. Increase or decrease is reported as a percentage of the comparable-store sales for the same period in the prior fiscal year. Remodeled stores are included in comparable-store sales unless the store was closed for a portion of the current or comparable prior period or the remodel resulted in a significant change in square footage.
(3) Dollars not in thousands. Average net revenues per gross square foot are calculated by dividing total net revenues for our stores that have been open at least 12 full fiscal months as of the end of the period by total gross square footage for those stores. Remodeled stores are included in average net revenues per gross square foot unless the store was closed for a portion of the period.

Thirteen Weeks Ended October 29, 2011, Compared to Thirteen Weeks Ended October 30, 2010

Net Revenues

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues increased $29.5 million, or 32.3%, to $121.1 million, from $91.6 million in the comparable prior-year period.

Indirect . For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues in the Indirect segment increased $9.3 million, or 15.7%, to $69.1 million, from $59.8 million in the comparable prior-year period, due to increased sales volume to our Indirect retailers, driven by the strength of product offerings, improved productivity through our retail partners, and the sale of certain retired inventory.

Direct . For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues in the Direct segment increased $20.2 million, or 63.4%, to $52.0 million, from $31.8 million in the comparable prior-year period. This growth resulted from a $9.3 million increase in revenues related to the opening of new stores, a $9.9 million increase in e-commerce revenues due primarily to greater traffic resulting from marketing initiatives, and a comparable-store sales increase of $1.0 million, or 7.4%. The aggregate number of our full-price and outlet stores grew from 38 at October 30, 2010, to 55 at October 29, 2011.

 

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Gross Profit

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, gross profit increased $14.0 million, or 27.1%, to $65.7 million, from $51.7 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, gross profit decreased to 54.2% for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, from 56.4% in the comparable prior-year period. The decrease in gross margin was due primarily to ongoing efforts to better manage inventory growth to more closely match sales growth. This included lower inventory receipts during the fiscal quarter resulting in supply chain cost absorption not fully aligned with lower inventory levels. In addition, the Company sold higher levels of certain retired inventory. These efforts closely aligned inventory growth with sales growth in the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, which is sooner than we had planned.

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, SG&A expenses decreased $7.9 million, or 14.8%, to $45.3 million, from $53.2 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, SG&A expenses were 37.5% and 58.1% for the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively.

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, selling expenses increased $5.9 million, or 29.6%, to $26.1 million, from $20.2 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, selling expenses were 21.6% and 22.0% for the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The decrease as a percentage of net revenues in selling expenses was due primarily to leveraged fixed costs offset by costs associated with our market entry into Japan.

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, advertising, marketing, and product development expenses increased $0.7 million, or 9.9%, to $7.6 million, from $6.9 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, advertising, marketing, and product development expenses were 6.3% and 7.6% for the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The decrease as a percentage of net revenues in these expenses resulted primarily from a decrease in the number of direct mailers we distributed on behalf of our independent retailers, offset in part by an increase in marketing promotional costs.

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, administrative expenses decreased $14.5 million, or 55.6%, to $11.6 million, from $26.1 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, administrative expenses were 9.6% and 28.5% for the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The decrease as a percentage of net revenues, in administrative expenses was due primarily to the $15.7 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with vesting of restricted-stock awards upon our initial public offering in the prior-year. In addition, administrative expenses declined as a percentage of net revenues due to a decline in professional fees related in part to our transition from a private to a public company in the prior-year.

Other Income

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, other income decreased $0.2 million, or 12.2%, to $1.2 million, from $1.4 million in the comparable prior-year period, due to a decline in reimbursement of our advertising expenses by our independent retailers.

Operating Income

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income increased $21.7 million, to $21.5 million, from an operating loss of $0.2 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, operating income was 17.8% and (0.2)% for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. This increase as a percentage of net revenues was primarily due to the previously discussed $15.7 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with vesting of restricted-stock awards upon our initial public offering in the prior-year period, and sales-driven leverage of SG&A in the current period, offset in part in the current period by the decline in gross margin and the costs associated with our market entry into Japan, as previously discussed ($ in thousands):

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended     $ Change      % Change  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
      

Operating Income

         

Indirect

   $ 26,690      $ 23,624      $ 3,066         13.0

Direct

     13,490        8,968        4,522         50.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

Subtotal

   $ 40,180      $ 32,592      $ 7,588         23.3

Less:

         

Corporate unallocated

     (18,661     (32,784     14,123         43.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

Operating income

   $ 21,519      $ (192   $ 21,711      
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

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Indirect . For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income in the Indirect segment increased $3.1 million, or 13.0%. This increase resulted primarily from an increase in revenue and sales-driven leverage of SG&A, offset in part by a decline in gross margin as previously discussed.

Direct . For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income in the Direct segment increased $4.5 million, or 50.4%, due to an increase in revenue and sales-driven leverage of SG&A, offset in part by our market entry into Japan.

Corporate Unallocated . For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, unallocated expenses decreased $14.1 million, or 43.1%, primarily as a result of stock-based compensation expense associated with vesting of restricted-stock awards upon our initial public offering in the prior-year period, offset in part by higher corporate personnel and advertising and marketing costs.

Interest Expense, Net

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, net interest expense decreased $0.3 million, or 50.6%, to $0.3 million, from $0.6 million in the comparable prior-year period. The decrease of $0.3 million was due primarily to a write off in the same period of the prior-year of $0.2 million of unamortized debt-issuance costs in connection with the amendment and restatement of the credit agreement. The remaining $0.1 million was attributable to lower average borrowing rates in the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011.

Income Tax Expense

The effective tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, was 38.9%. The Company’s effective tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011, was negatively impacted by the net operating loss incurred by the Company’s recently formed Japanese subsidiary, for which no tax benefit was recorded. The valuation allowance recorded against the deferred tax asset arising from the net operating loss of the Company’s Japanese subsidiary increased the effective tax rate by 1.1% for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011.

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2011, Compared to Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 30, 2010

Net Revenues

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues increased $69.7 million, or 27.1%, to $326.3 million, from $256.7 million in the comparable prior-year period.

Indirect . For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues in the Indirect segment increased $21.0 million, or 13.0%, to $182.3 million, from $161.3 million in the comparable prior-year period, due to increased sales volume to our Indirect retailers, driven by strong demand for our winter product assortment and strong sales of carryover patterns from prior releases.

Direct . For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, net revenues in the Direct segment increased $48.7 million, or 51.0%, to $144.0 million, from $95.4 million in the comparable prior-year period. This growth resulted from a $25.2 million increase in revenues related to the opening of new stores, a $19.5 million increase in e-commerce revenues due primarily to greater traffic resulting from marketing initiatives, and a comparable-store sales increase of $4.1 million, or 12.0%, offset in part by a decrease of $0.3 million in outlet-sale revenues. The aggregate number of our full-price and outlet stores grew from 38 at October 30, 2010, to 55 at October 29, 2011.

Gross Profit

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, gross profit increased $34.5 million, or 23.4%, to $181.8 million, from $147.3 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, gross profit decreased to 55.7% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, from 57.4% in the comparable prior-year period. The decrease in gross margin was due primarily to higher input costs and to ongoing efforts to better manage inventory growth to more closely match sales growth. This included lower inventory receipts during the fiscal quarter resulting in supply chain cost absorption not fully aligned with lower inventory levels. In addition, the Company sold higher levels of certain retired inventory in the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011. These efforts closely aligned inventory growth with sales growth sooner than we had planned.

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, SG&A expenses decreased $1.4 million, or 1.1%, to $124.4 million, from $125.8 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, SG&A expenses were 38.1% and 49.0% for the fiscal quarters ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively.

 

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For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, selling expenses increased $18.1 million, or 33.4%, to $72.4 million, from $54.3 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, selling expenses were 22.2% and 21.2% for the thirty- nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The increase as a percentage of net revenues in selling expenses was due primarily to costs associated with our market entry into Japan.

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, advertising, marketing, and product development expenses decreased $0.2 million, or 0.8%, to $21.2 million, from $21.4 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, advertising, marketing, and product development expenses were 6.5% and 8.3% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The decrease as a percentage of net revenues in these expenses resulted primarily from a decline in the number of direct mailers we distributed on behalf of our independent retailers, offset in part by increased marketing promotional costs.

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, administrative expenses decreased $19.3 million, or 38.5%, to $30.8 million, from $50.1 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, administrative expenses were 9.5% and 19.5% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The decrease as a percentage of net revenues in administrative expenses was due primarily to $15.8 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with the vesting of restricted-stock awards in connection with the IPO as well as $6.1 million of expense associated with bonuses paid to recipients of the restricted-stock awards to satisfy a portion of the tax obligation associated with these awards in the prior-year period. In addition, administrative expenses declined as a percentage of net revenues due to a decline in professional fees related in part to our transition from a private to a public company in the prior-year.

Other Income

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, other income increased $0.9 million, or 17.8%, to $6.2 million, from $5.3 million in the comparable prior-year period, due to increased reimbursement of our advertising expenses by our independent retailers.

Operating Income

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income increased $36.7 million, to $63.5 million, from $26.8 million in the comparable prior-year period. As a percentage of net revenues, operating income was 19.5% and 10.4% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. This increase as a percentage of net revenues was primarily due to the previously mentioned $15.8 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with the vesting of restricted-stock awards in connection with the IPO as well as $6.1 million of expense associated with bonuses paid to recipients of the restricted-stock awards to satisfy a portion of the tax obligation associated with these awards in the prior-year period and to sales-driven leverage of SG&A in the current period, offset in part by the decline in gross margin and the costs associated with our market entry into Japan, as previously discussed ($ in thousands):

 

     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended     $ Change      % Change  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
      

Operating Income

         

Indirect

   $ 72,478      $ 67,843      $ 4,635         6.8

Direct

     38,895        28,012        10,883         38.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

Subtotal

   $ 111,373      $ 95,855      $ 15,518         16.2

Less:

         

Corporate unallocated

     (47,868     (69,083     21,215         30.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

Operating income

   $ 63,505      $ 26,772      $ 36,773      
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

Indirect . For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income in the Indirect segment increased $4.6 million, or 6.8%. This increase resulted primarily from an increase in revenue and sales-driven leverage of SG&A, offset in part by a decline in gross margin, as previously discussed.

Direct . For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, operating income in the Direct segment increased $10.9 million, or 38.9%, due to an increase in gross profit, offset in part by increased selling expenses related to store operational costs and costs associated with our market entry into Japan, as previously discussed.

Corporate Unallocated . For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, unallocated expenses decreased $21.2 million, or 30.7%, primarily as a result of stock-based compensation expense and bonuses paid to recipients of restricted-stock awards in the prior-year period.

 

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Interest Expense, Net

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, net interest expense decreased $0.3 million, or 24.0%, to $0.9 million, from $1.2 million in the comparable prior-year period. The decrease of $0.3 million was due primarily to a write off in the same period of the prior-year of $0.2 million of unamortized debt-issuance costs in connection with the amendment and restatement of the credit agreement. The remaining $0.1 million was attributable to lower average borrowing rates in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011.

Income Tax Expense

The effective tax rate for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, was 39.6%. The Company’s effective tax rate for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011 was negatively impacted by the non-deductibility of expenses related to the April 2011 secondary offering and by the net operating loss incurred by the Company’s recently formed Japanese subsidiary, for which no tax benefit was recorded. The non-deductibility of the secondary offering expenses increased the effective tax rate by approximately 0.3% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011. The secondary offering expenses were recorded as a discrete event in the effective tax rate in the thirteen weeks ended April 30, 2011. The valuation allowance recorded against the deferred tax asset arising from the net operating loss of the Company’s Japanese subsidiary increased the effective tax rate by 1.3% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

General

Our primary source of liquidity is cash flow from operations. We also have access to additional liquidity, if needed, through borrowings under our $125 million amended and restated credit agreement. Historically, our primary cash needs have been for merchandise inventories, payroll, store rent, capital expenditures associated with opening new stores, debt repayments, operational equipment, information technology, and quarterly shareholder distributions to cover estimated tax payments. The most significant components of our working capital are cash and cash equivalents, merchandise inventories, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other current liabilities. We do not believe that the expansion of our Direct business will materially alter the nature and levels of our accounts receivable and inventories, or require materially increased borrowings under our amended and restated credit agreement, in the near future. Further, as a result of our conversion to a “C” Corporation, we no longer make tax distributions to shareholders, but we now are required to make quarterly income tax payments to various taxing authorities.

We believe that cash flows from operating activities and the availability of borrowings under our amended and restated credit agreement or other financing arrangements will be sufficient to meet working capital requirements, anticipated capital expenditures, including expansion of our Direct business, and debt payments for the foreseeable future.

Cash Flow Analysis

A summary of operating, investing, and financing activities is shown in the following table (in thousands):

 

     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
     October 29,
2011
    October 30,
2010
 

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 6,869      $ 36,281   

Net cash used in investing activities

     (11,316     (5,803

Net cash used in financing activities

     (1,285     (31,114

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Operating activities consist primarily of net income adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation, amortization, deferred taxes, and stock-based compensation, the effect of changes in assets and liabilities, and tenant-improvement allowances received from landlords under our store leases.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $6.9 million and $36.3 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The $29.4 million decrease in cash provided by operating activities was due primarily to a decrease of $22.6 million of current liabilities from timing of payments, including $10.0 million of income tax payments, and to a $6.8 million change in accounts receivable. This overall decrease in cash provided by operating activities was partially offset by an increase in net income of $5.9 million.

 

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Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Investing activities consist primarily of capital expenditures for growth related to new store openings, operational equipment, and information technology investments.

Net cash used in investing activities was $11.3 million and $5.8 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, and October 30, 2010, respectively. The $5.5 million increase in capital expenditures was due primarily to increased investments in new stores, including the opening of 16 stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, compared to 11 stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 30, 2010, investments related to our market entry into Japan, and information technology investments.

Capital expenditures for fiscal 2012 are expected to be approximately $18.5 million, which includes approximately $4.5 million related to the distribution center expansion.

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

Financing activities consist primarily of borrowings and repayments under our credit agreement and, prior to our conversion to a “C” Corporation in October 2010, to fund tax distributions to our shareholders.

Net cash used in financing activities was $1.3 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011, resulting primarily from $1.3 million of net payments under our amended and restated credit agreement.

Net cash used in financing activities was $31.1 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 30, 2010, driven primarily by $132.8 million of “S” Corporation distributions (including the final “S” Corporation distribution of $106.0 million), offset in part by net IPO proceeds of $56.3 million and net borrowings of $46.8 million under the credit agreement or amended and restated credit agreement.

Credit Agreement

On October 4, 2010, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. entered into an amended and restated credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, as administrative agent, and certain other lenders. The amended and restated credit agreement provides for a revolving credit commitment of $125.0 million and matures on October 3, 2015. All borrowings under the amended and restated credit agreement are collateralized by substantially all of the Company’s assets. The credit agreement is also guaranteed by Vera Bradley, Inc. and its subsidiaries (other than Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.). The credit agreement requires the Company to comply with various financial covenants, including a fixed charge coverage ratio of not less than 1.20 to 1.00 and a leverage ratio of not more than 3.50 to 1.00. The agreement also contains various other covenants, including restrictions on the incurrence of certain indebtedness, liens, investments, acquisitions, and asset sales. The Company was in compliance with these covenants as of October 29, 2011.

Borrowings under the credit agreement bear interest at either LIBOR plus the applicable margin (ranging from 1.05% to 2.05%) or the alternate base rate (as defined in the agreement) plus the applicable margin (ranging from 0.05% to 1.05%). The applicable margin is tied to the Company’s leverage ratio. In addition, the Company is required to pay a quarterly facility fee (as defined in the agreement) ranging from 0.20% to 0.45% of the revolving credit commitment. At October 29, 2011, the interest rate on outstanding borrowings under the credit agreement was 1.30%. The Company had borrowing availability of $59.5 million under the agreement as of October 29, 2011.

Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any off-balance-sheet financing or unconsolidated special-purpose entities.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, as well as the related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. A summary of the Company’s significant accounting policies is included in Note 2 to the Company’s consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011.

Certain of the Company’s accounting policies and estimates are considered critical, as these policies and estimates are the most important to the depiction of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and require significant, difficult, or complex judgments, often about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. Such policies are summarized in the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” section beginning on page 42 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011. As discussed in Note 8 to the consolidated financial statements in this Quarterly Report, in March 2011, the Company granted restricted stock units with an aggregate fair value of $4.6 million to certain employees and non-employee directors. As a result of these awards, the Company’s accounting for stock-based compensation relating to equity awards granted subsequent to its initial public offering – that is, public-company equity and incentive grants – became a critical accounting policy. Previously, the Company’s accounting for stock-based compensation relating to equity awards granted prior to its initial public offering – that is, private-company equity and incentive grants – was a critical accounting policy. As of October 29, 2011, other than this change, there was no significant change to any of the critical accounting policies and estimates described in the Annual Report.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2011-05, Comprehensive Income—Presentation of Comprehensive Income . This guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the Statement of Shareholders’ Equity. Instead, the Company must report comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement of comprehensive income which contains two sections, net income and other comprehensive income, or in two separate but consecutive statements. While the new guidance changes the presentation of comprehensive income, there are no changes to the components that are recognized in net income or other comprehensive income under current accounting guidance. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. As this guidance only amends the presentation of the components of comprehensive income, the adoption will not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-4, Fair Value Measurement—Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRS . The guidance requires additional disclosures, including disclosures related to the measurement of level 3 assets. The guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 and is applied prospectively. The Company is currently evaluating this guidance, but does not expect its adoption will have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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The Company accounts for stock-based compensation under the fair-value recognition provisions of ASC 718, Stock Compensation. Under these provisions, for its awards of restricted stock and restricted stock units, the Company recognizes share-based compensation expense in an amount equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the grant date of the respective award. This expense, net of estimated forfeitures, is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

As of October 29, 2011, there was no material change in the market risks described in “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risks” on page 45 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

At the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s Disclosure Committee and management, including the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of October 29, 2011.

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or that is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

There has been no material change to our risk factors as previously disclosed beginning on page 16 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

  a. Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

31.1    CEO Section 302 Certification
31.2    CFO Section 302 Certification
32.1    Section 906 Certifications*
101    The following materials from the Vera Bradley, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 29, 2011 formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL): (i) Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks ended October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2010; (ii) Consolidated Balance Sheets at October 29, 2011 and January 29, 2011; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2010, and (iv) related notes, tagged as blocks of text. **

 

* Furnished, not filed.
** Pursuant to Rule 406T of SEC Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files included as Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under these Sections.

 

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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

   

Vera Bradley, Inc.

(Registrant)

Date: December 13, 2011     /s/ Jeffrey A. Blade
    Jeffrey A. Blade
    Executive Vice President – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (duly authorized officer and principal financial officer)

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
  No.

  

Description

31.1    CEO Section 302 Certification
31.2    CFO Section 302 Certification
32.1    Section 906 Certifications*
101    The following materials from the Vera Bradley, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 29, 2011 formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL): (i) Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine weeks ended October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2010; (ii) Consolidated Balance Sheets at October 29, 2011 and January 29, 2011; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2010, and (iv) related notes, tagged as blocks of text. **

 

* Furnished, not filed.
** Pursuant to Rule 406T of SEC Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files included as Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under these Sections.

 

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Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Michael C. Ray, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Vera Bradley, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (c) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: December 13, 2011     /s/ Michael C. Ray
    Michael C. Ray
    Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Jeffrey A. Blade, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Vera Bradley, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (c) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

Date: December 13, 2011     /s/ Jeffrey A. Blade
    Jeffrey A. Blade
   

Executive Vice President—Chief Financial and

Administrative Officer

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Michael C. Ray, the Chief Executive Officer of Vera Bradley, Inc., certify that (i) the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2011 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and (ii) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Vera Bradley, Inc. as of the dates and for the periods set forth therein.

 

/s/ Michael C. Ray

Michael C. Ray

Chief Executive Officer

December 13, 2011

Date

I, Jeffrey A. Blade, the Executive Vice President—Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Vera Bradley, Inc., certify that (i) the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2011 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and (ii) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Vera Bradley, Inc. as of the dates and for the periods set forth therein.

 

/s/ Jeffrey A. Blade

Jeffrey A. Blade

Executive Vice President—Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

December 13, 2011

Date