Waste Management (NYSE: WM) reported earnings on July 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Waste Management met expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Waste Management recorded revenue of $3.46 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $3.51 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.35 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 $0.52. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.53 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q2 were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 34.7%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.0%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.59 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.88 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,616 members out of 2,671 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 635 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 623 give Waste Management a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Waste Management is hold, with an average price target of $34.33.

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