Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) reported earnings on May 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 29 (Q1), Regal Entertainment Group beat expectations on both revenue and earnings per share.

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

Gross margin was steady, and both operating margin and net margin expanded.

Revenue details
Regal Entertainment Group recorded revenue of $684.9 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $667.2 million on the same basis. GAAP-reported sales were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $570.9 million.

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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 $0.30. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.15 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.30 for Q1 compared to -$0.15 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 62%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.3%, 980 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.8%, 1,090 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $756.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.84 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.75.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 147 members rating the stock outperform and 43 members rating it underperform. Among 60 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 47 give Regal Entertainment Group a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Regal Entertainment Group is outperform, with an average price target of $15.61.

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