AZZ (NYSE: AZZ) reported earnings on April 5. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 29 (Q4), AZZ beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins shrank, operating margins contracted, net margins improved.

Revenue details
AZZ reported revenue of $123.6 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $121.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $100.7 million.

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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
EPS came in at $0.92. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.82 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.92 for Q4 were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.73 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 26.2%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.8%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $123.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.83.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $503.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.61.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 775 members out of 792 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 200 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 198 give AZZ a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AZZ is outperform, with an average price target of $63.00.

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