Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) reported earnings on Feb. 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins improved across the board.

Revenue details
Stratasys reported revenue of $43.6 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $42.2 million. Sales were 29% higher than the prior-year quarter's $33.8 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.31. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.27 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.27 for Q4 were 35% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.20 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 52.5%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.4%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.3%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $41.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $179.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.13.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 415 members out of 439 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 182 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 176 give Stratasys 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 Stratasys is hold, with an average price target of $28.

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