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Vera Bradley, Bravo Brio Shares Climb After IPOs

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 03:55 PM

Vera Bradley Inc., the maker of women’s handbags, and Italian restaurant chain Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc. jumped in their first day of trading after raising a combined $316 million in initial public offerings.

Vera Bradley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, surged 52 percent to $24.35 at 2:18 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading after selling 11 million shares at $16 each, the top end of its price range. Bravo Brio gained 13 percent to $15.81. The Columbus, Ohio-based company priced 10 million shares for $14 apiece yesterday after offering 8.3 million at $14 to $16.

The rallies came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above its highest close since the month that New York- based Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in 2008. Vera Bradley’s sales grew 26 percent to $165 million in the six months ended July 31 from a year earlier, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

“The overall market sentiment is good,” said Darren Fabric, Chicago-based managing director at IPOX Capital Management LLC, which oversees $3 billion. “Vera Bradley has popularity right now with a certain segment of the population, and so you see demand for it.”

Four of the five IPOs this week climbed in their first day of trading, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Beijing-based TAL Education Group, which offers after-school tutoring services in China, gained 50 percent yesterday after raising $120 million.

Piper Jaffray

Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee and Minneapolis-based Piper Jaffray Cos. led Vera Bradley’s sale. Jefferies Group Inc. in New York, Piper Jaffray and San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. arranged Bravo Brio’s offering.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Bridgewater, New Jersey- based biopharmaceutical company that develops drugs treating lipid disorders, will offer 4.7 million shares at $14 to $16 today, SEC filings and data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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