Xueda Education Group (NYSE: XUE) reported earnings on May 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Xueda Education Group beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly. The profit was a surprise, as analysts had predicted a loss.

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Xueda Education Group logged revenue of $67.2 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated net sales of $61.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $50.8 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 $0.01. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.04 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.01 for Q1 were 88% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.08 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 25.0%, 890 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -1.0%, 1,240 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.9%, 1,070 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $83.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $281.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.13.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 13 members out of 21 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among eight CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), three give Xueda Education Group a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Xueda Education Group is outperform, with an average price target of $4.26.

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