Calavo Growers (Nasdaq: CVGW) reported earnings on Jan. 5. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Calavo Growers logged revenue of $147 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $148 million. Sales were 37% higher than the prior-year quarter's $107 million.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.25. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.20 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.25 for Q4 were 24% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 per share.

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 9.1%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.3%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods.

Looking ahead
What does the future hold?

Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $133 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.26.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $610 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.38.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 123 members out of 130 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 34 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 33 give Calavo Growers 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 Calavo Growers is buy, with an average price target of $27.75.

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