Park Electrochemical (NYSE: PKE) reported earnings on Dec. 21. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 27 (Q3), Park Electrochemical missed on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved slightly, and earnings per share improved.

Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins grew.

Revenue details
Park Electrochemical booked revenue of $47 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $51 million. Sales were 0.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $47 million

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.26. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.32 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.26 for Q3 were 8.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.24 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 27.5%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.7%, 460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.4%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods.

Looking ahead
What does the future hold?

Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $53 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.38.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $208 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.37.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 72 members out of 77 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 31 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 30 give Park Electrochemical a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Park Electrochemical is outperform, with an average price target of $34.00.

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