Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) reported earnings on Feb. 21. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 28 (Q4), Abercrombie & Fitch met expectations on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Abercrombie & Fitch recorded revenue of $1.33 billion. The 28 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $1.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.15 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.12. The 35 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.16 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.22 for Q4 were 79% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.03 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 56.1%, 750 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.8%, 1,470 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.5%, 660 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $954.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.52.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 811 members out of 1,150 rating the stock outperform, and 339 members rating it underperform. Among 324 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 254 give Abercrombie & Fitch a green thumbs-up, and 70 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Abercrombie & Fitch is outperform, with an average price target of $62.47.

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