Boeing (NYSE: BA) reported earnings today. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

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

Revenue details
Boeing tallied revenue of $19.6 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $19.4 billion. Sales were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $16.6 billion

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.32. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.01 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.84 for Q4 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.56 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 16.8%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.8%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $18.8 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.09.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $78.4 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.92.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,827 members out of 4,222 rating the stock outperform, and 396 members rating it underperform. Among 977 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 924 give Boeing a green thumbs-up, and 53 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Boeing is outperform, with an average price target of $81.96.

Can your portfolio provide you with enough income to last through retirement? You'll need more than Boeing. Learn how to maximize your investment income and "Secure Your Future With 11 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks." Click here for instant access to this free report.

Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.