VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) reported earnings on April 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
VeriSign chalked up revenue of $205.7 million. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for sales of $208.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $181.5 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 $0.42. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.43 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.42 for Q1 were 75% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.24 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 79.9%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 47.8%, 870 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 33.1%, 1,060 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $216.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $879.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.89.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 257 members out of 309 rating the stock outperform, and 52 members rating it underperform. Among 78 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 67 give VeriSign a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on VeriSign is outperform, with an average price target of $40.31.

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