Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM) reported earnings on Oct. 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Akamai Technologies beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
Akamai Technologies reported revenue of $345.3 million. The 21 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $338.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $281.9 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 $0.43. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.41 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.27 for Q3 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.23 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 68.1%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 23.2%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.0%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $377.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.74.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,026 members out of 3,171 rating the stock outperform, and 145 members rating it underperform. Among 715 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 685 give Akamai Technologies a green thumbs-up, and 30 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Akamai Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $39.05.

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