Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) reported earnings on May 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Dun & Bradstreet met expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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

Gross margin dropped, operating margin dropped, and net margin increased.

Revenue details
Dun & Bradstreet booked revenue of $402.8 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $399.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $403.6 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 $1.35. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.39 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.32 for Q1 were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.00 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 64.1%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.7%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.7%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $398.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.41.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.70.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 108 members out of 127 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 46 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 41 give Dun & Bradstreet a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Dun & Bradstreet is hold, with an average price target of $83.86.

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