Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) reported earnings on Jan. 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 30 (Q1), Jacobs Engineering Group missed on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Jacobs Engineering Group logged revenue of $2.63 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $2.72 billion. Sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.36 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.70. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.70 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.74 for Q1 were 35% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 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 16.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.77 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.03.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,004 members out of 1,028 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 282 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 276 give Jacobs Engineering Group a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Jacobs Engineering Group is outperform, with an average price target of $50.53.

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