The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 28 (Q4), Vera Bradley beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly, and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins were steady, and net margins expanded.
Vera Bradley reported revenue of $134.5 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $130 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $109.4 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 $0.50. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.47 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q4 were 47% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 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 56.4%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.3%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.9%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $116.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.29.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $536.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.71.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 46 members rating the stock outperform and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 13 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 11 give Vera Bradley a green thumbs-up, and two 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 $45.67.
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