CEMEX (NYSE: CX) reported earnings on April 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP loss per share shrank.

Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, and net margins grew.

Revenue details
CEMEX tallied revenue of $3.50 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $3.45 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.42 billion.

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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 -$0.08. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.11 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.02 for Q1 against -$0.26 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 26.9%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.9%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.7%, 750 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.11 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.04.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $15.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.28.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,837 members out of 3,990 rating the stock outperform, and 153 members rating it underperform. Among 1,128 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,097 give CEMEX a green thumbs-up, and 31 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CEMEX is hold, with an average price target of $7.25.

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