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The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q4),, inc met expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. GAAP loss per share increased.

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details, inc tallied revenue of $834.7 million. The 39 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $830.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $631.9 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 $0.51. The 40 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.40 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.51 for Q4 were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.43 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.14 for Q4 compared to -$0.03 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 78.0%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -2.5%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.5%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $886.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.86 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.98.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on, inc is outperform, with an average price target of $178.61.

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  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2013, at 11:46 AM, Decoy0527 wrote:

    Non-GAAP earnings should NEVER be reported as "earnings". Call them what you will, but please do not call them "earnings". Non-GAAP earnings should always have a descripton or qualifier preceeding the term. The worst use of the term earnings was during the internet stock bubble when analysts would grab onto about anyt income statement number to create a positive image of a tech co. I think we are in that territory now with SalesForce.

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