Federated Investors (NYSE: FII) reported earnings on April 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Federated Investors missed estimates on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins improved across the board.

Revenue details
Federated Investors booked revenue of $230.3 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $238.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $238.9 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 $0.52. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.38 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.41 for Q1 were 28% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.32 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 72.2%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.5%, 680 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.4%, 450 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $239.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.40.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $962.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.63.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 294 members out of 315 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 94 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 90 give Federated Investors a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Federated Investors is underperform, with an average price target of $18.68.

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