CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE: CBL) reported earnings on Feb. 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Gross margins dropped, operating margins increased, net margins increased.

Revenue details
CBL & Associates Properties logged revenue of $269.1 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $270.8 million. GAAP sales were 6.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $288.8 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.49. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.18 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q4 were 308% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.12 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 73.1%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 44.8%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 30.8%, 2,180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $253.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.07.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.40.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 106 members out of 198 rating the stock outperform, and 92 members rating it underperform. Among 65 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 40 give CBL & Associates Properties a green thumbs-up, and 25 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CBL & Associates Properties is hold, with an average price target of $16.45.

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