Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) reported earnings on Thursday. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

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

Revenue details
Sempra Energy logged revenue of $2.38 billion. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $2.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.43 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
EPS came in at $0.97. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.99 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.97 for Q1 were 9.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.07 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 30.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.9%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.9%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.36 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.86.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $9.84 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.17.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sempra Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $60.45.

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