Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) reported earnings on Mar. 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q4), Descartes Systems Group beat slightly on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
Descartes Systems Group chalked up revenue of $29.6 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for sales of $29.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $26.9 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 $0.08. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.13 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.07 for Q4 were 42% lower 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 65.8%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.7%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.3%, 1,340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $30.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.14.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $129.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.57.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 43 members out of 44 rating the stock outperform, and one members rating it underperform. Among 15 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 14 give Descartes Systems Group a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Descartes Systems Group is outperform, with an average price target of $9.30.

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