Danaher (NYSE: DHR) reported earnings on April 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 30 (Q1), Danaher met expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margin and operating margin contracted, while net margin increased.

Revenue details
Danaher reported revenue of $4.32 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $4.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.29 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 $0.73. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.71 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q1 were 37% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.63 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 51.8%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.7%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.2%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.63 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.82.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $18.57 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.32.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 507 members rating the stock outperform and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 156 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 152 give Danaher a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Danaher is outperform, with an average price target of $58.95.

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