Generac Holdings (NYSE: GNRC) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Generac Holdings beat expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins increased, operating margins expanded, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
Generac Holdings tallied revenue of $342.0 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $308.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 28% higher than the prior-year quarter's $267.3 million.

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 $0.87. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.68 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.41 for Q4 were 90% lower than the prior-year quarter's $3.91 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 36.9%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.8%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.3%, 9,160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $326.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.25 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 63 members out of 72 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 15 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 13 give Generac Holdings a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Generac Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $36.78.

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