Genuine Parts (NYSE: GPC) reported earnings on April 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Genuine Parts met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Genuine Parts reported revenue of $3.18 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $3.16 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.97 billion.

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 $0.93. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.87 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.93 for Q1 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.80 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 28.9%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.2%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.6%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.39 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.07.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.30 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.03.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 339 members out of 358 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 118 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 113 give Genuine Parts a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Genuine Parts is hold, with an average price target of $61.50.

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