REX American Resources (NYSE: REX) reported earnings on March 13. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q4), REX American Resources crushed expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
REX American Resources reported revenue of $170.5 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $141.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $93.9 million.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at $1.76. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.52 per share. GAAP EPS were $1.76 for Q4 versus -$0.49 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 12.0%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.7%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.7%, 1,360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $138.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $602.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.99.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on REX American Resources is buy, with an average price target of $30.00.

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