Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) reported earnings on Feb. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Gross margins expanded, operating margins were steady, and net margins expanded.

Revenue details
Arrow Electronics logged revenue of $5.44 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $5.44 billion. Sales were 3.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.24 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.38. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.30 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.54 for Q4 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.34 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 13.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.5%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.08.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $21.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 191 members out of 200 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 59 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 57 give Arrow Electronics a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Arrow Electronics is outperform, with an average price target of $41.35.

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