Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) reported earnings on May 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 30 (Q2), Jacobs Engineering Group missed estimates on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins grew, operating margins dropped, net margins were steady.

Revenue details
Jacobs Engineering Group logged revenue of $2.70 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see net sales of $2.78 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.56 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 $0.65. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.74 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.65 for Q2 were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.63 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 15.8%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.9%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.1%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.88 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.77.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.23 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.99.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 989 members out of 1,014 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 246 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 238 give Jacobs Engineering Group a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Jacobs Engineering Group is outperform, with an average price target of $52.70.

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