Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) reported earnings on Jan. 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Synaptics met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Synaptics reported revenue of $145.5 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $145.4 million. Sales were 8.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $159.6 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.68. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.62 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q2 were 2.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 47.2%, 640 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.9%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $136.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.53.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $564.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.43.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 777 members out of 810 rating the stock outperform, and 33 members rating it underperform. Among 208 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 200 give Synaptics a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Synaptics is outperform, with an average price target of $35.10.

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