Corporate Executive Board (NYSE: CEB) reported earnings on Aug. 9. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Corporate Executive Board beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins improved across the board.

Revenue details
Corporate Executive Board recorded revenue of $135.7 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $131.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $117.5 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 $0.48. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.36 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q2 were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.29 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.02 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)

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 65.1%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.5%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.9%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $156.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.50.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $577.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.05.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Corporate Executive Board is outperform, with an average price target of $42.71.

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