The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Oct. 27 (Q3), Vera Bradley beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Vera Bradley logged revenue of $138.3 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $135.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $121.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.44. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.38 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q3 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.32 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 58.0%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.9%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.8%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $159.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.60.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $541.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.65.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 83 members out of 93 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 24 give Vera Bradley a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Vera Bradley is outperform, with an average price target of $29.75.
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