Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) reported earnings yesterday. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Valmont Industries reported revenue of $717.4 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $669.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $567.9 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 $1.96. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.53 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.96 for Q1 were 102% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.97 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 26%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.5%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.3%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $748.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.99.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $7.53.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 265 members rating the stock outperform and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 75 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 72 give Valmont Industries a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Valmont Industries is outperform, with an average price target of $128.29.

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