Gardner Denver (NYSE: GDI) reported earnings on Feb. 9. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

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

Revenue details
Gardner Denver tallied revenue of $613.7 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $630.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $530.0 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.54. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.53 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.52 for Q4 were 41% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.08 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 33.8%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.6%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.6%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $588.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.37.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.12.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 420 members out of 432 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 110 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 110 give Gardner Denver a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Gardner Denver is buy, with an average price target of $94.25.

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