BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Gross margin improved, operating margin expanded, and net margin dropped.

Revenue details
BorgWarner logged revenue of $1.79 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $1.77 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.53 billion.

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 $1.15. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.04 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.00 for Q3 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.90 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 20.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.8%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.9%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.83 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.17.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $7.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.42.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 359 members out of 391 rating the stock outperform, and 32 members rating it underperform. Among 131 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 125 give BorgWarner 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 BorgWarner is outperform, with an average price target of $83.47.

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