Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) reported earnings on Feb. 21. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 3 (Q4), Dell met expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins improved, operating margins dropped, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
Dell booked revenue of $16.03 billion. The 30 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for net sales of $15.98 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $15.69 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 $0.51. The 33 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.52 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.43 for Q4 were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 21.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.8%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $15.10 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.47.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $62.81 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.06.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,034 members out of 5,682 rating the stock outperform, and 1,650 members rating it underperform. Among 1,259 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 920 give Dell a green thumbs-up, and 339 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Dell is outperform, with an average price target of $17.81.

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