American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (NYSE: AXL) reported earnings on April 27. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings logged revenue of $751.5 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $759.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $645.6 million.

My

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 $0.61. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.63 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q1 were 36% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 18.5%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.8%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $702.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.53.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.81 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.03.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 193 members out of 313 rating the stock outperform, and 120 members rating it underperform. Among 79 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 42 give American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings a green thumbs-up, and 37 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings is hold, with an average price target of $13.67.

Over the decades, small-cap stocks like American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings have provided market-beating returns, provided they're value priced and have solid businesses. Read about a pair of companies with a lock on their markets in "Too Small to Fail: Two Small Caps the Government Won't Let Go Broke." Get instant access to this free report.