John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW-A) reported earnings on March 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q3), John Wiley & Sons met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
John Wiley & Sons reported revenue of $451.1 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $453.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $447.9 million.

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 $0.91. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.95 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.03 for Q3 were 39% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.74 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 68.5%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.4%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.9%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $454.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.68.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.79 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.12.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on John Wiley & Sons is outperform, with an average price target of $52.25.

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