Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) reported earnings on April 27. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue improved slightly and GAAP earnings per share improved.

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

Revenue details
Newell Rubbermaid reported revenue of $1.33 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted net sales of $1.30 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.30 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 $0.33. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.31 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.27 for Q1 were 8.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 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 38.3%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.3%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.0%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.54 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.67.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 315 members out of 343 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 125 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 122 give Newell Rubbermaid 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 Newell Rubbermaid is outperform, with an average price target of $21.71.

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