Pike Electric (NYSE: PIKE) reported earnings today. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Pike Electric missed estimates 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.

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Pike Electric booked revenue of $172.0 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $176.3 million. Sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $148.6 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.14. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.10 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.14 for Q2 were 367% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.03 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 14.8%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.6%, 300 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.8%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $172.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.08.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $698.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 81 members out of 89 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 30 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 29 give Pike Electric a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Pike Electric is outperform, with an average price target of $12.63.

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