The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 4 (Q1), Vera Bradley beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Vera Bradley booked revenue of $123.0 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $121.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
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 $0.23. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.21 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.23 for Q1 were 26% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 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 55.6%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.3%, 550 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $136.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $591.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.81.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 104 members out of 116 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 42 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Vera Bradley a green thumbs-up, and five 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 $28.43.
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