Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) reported earnings on Jan. 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Stanley Black & Decker met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins dropped, operating margins contracted, and net margins expanded.

Revenue details
Stanley Black & Decker booked revenue of $2.79 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $2.78 billion. Sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.41 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.36. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.29 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.99 for Q4 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.81 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 35.3%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.2%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.9%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.71 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.29.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.47 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.88.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 187 members out of 211 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 79 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 74 give Stanley Black & Decker a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Stanley Black & Decker is outperform, with an average price target of $79.22.

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