Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) reported earnings on May 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q2), Hillenbrand beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Hillenbrand recorded revenue of $259.7 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $251.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $230.0 million.

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 $0.50. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.50 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q2 were 17% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.53 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 40.2%, 410 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.9%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.6%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $235.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $971.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 331 members out of 336 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 101 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 101 give Hillenbrand a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hillenbrand is outperform, with an average price target of $27.67.

Can your portfolio provide you with enough income to last through retirement? You'll need more than Hillenbrand. Learn how to maximize your investment income and "Secure Your Future With 9 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks." Click here for instant access to this free report.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.