Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE: BIO) reported earnings on Feb. 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Bio-Rad Laboratories missed estimates on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins increased, operating margins grew, and net margins shrank.

Revenue details
Bio-Rad Laboratories recorded revenue of $550.2 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $561.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $533.7 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
EPS came in at $2.08. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.67 per share. GAAP EPS of $2.08 for Q4 were 14% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.41 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 56.5%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.6%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.8%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $482.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.95.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.49.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 180 members out of 188 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 57 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 57 give Bio-Rad Laboratories a green thumbs-up.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Bio-Rad Laboratories is outperform, with an average price target of $120.

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