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What: Vera Bradley Inc.
So what: Non-GAAP EPS of $0.39 walloped the consensus estimate of $0.27, helped by revenue growth of 29%. Guidance for the coming year is for non-GAAP EPS of $1.25 to $1.28, well ahead of the $1.12 consensus.
Now what: Same-store sales growth of 22% supports positive management comments about brand strength and appealing products. However, increases in the tax rate and, to a much lesser extent, share count drove a 29% year-over-year drop in GAAP EPS. Those same factors are likely behind muted EPS improvement expectations for the coming year and make it hard to justify the stock's non-GAAP forward P/E ratio of about 30 times guidance.
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