Ameristar Casinos (Nasdaq: ASCA) reported earnings Feb. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

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

Revenue details
Ameristar Casinos tallied revenue of $296.2 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $296.7 million. Sales were 0.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $294.1 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.21. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.34 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.22 for Q4 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.19 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 48.7%, 310 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $308.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.66.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 194 members rating the stock outperform and 54 members rating it underperform. Among 78 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give Ameristar Casinos a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ameristar Casinos is outperform, with an average price target of $24.15.

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