Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) reported earnings on May 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q2), Tyson Foods missed estimates on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margin shrank, operating margin dropped, and net margin was steady.

Revenue details
Tyson Foods reported revenue of $8.27 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $8.48 billion on the same basis. GAAP-reported sales were 3.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $8 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 $0.44. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.39 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q2 were 7.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 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 6.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.7%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.81 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.57.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $34.42 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 263 members out of 335 rating the stock outperform, and 72 members rating it underperform. Among 84 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give Tyson Foods a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tyson Foods is outperform, with an average price target of $22.92.

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