Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) reported earnings on April 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 1 (Q1), Harley-Davidson beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, net margins improved.

Revenue details
Harley-Davidson booked revenue of $1.27 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $1.22 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.22 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 $0.74. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.74 for Q1 were 45% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.51 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 36.6%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.1%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.0%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.36 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.73.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.98 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.72.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,452 members out of 1,860 rating the stock outperform, and 408 members rating it underperform. Among 520 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 456 give Harley-Davidson a green thumbs-up, and 64 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Harley-Davidson is outperform, with an average price target of $49.67.

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