CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) reported earnings on Oct. 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), CBIZ met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
CBIZ booked revenue of $183.8 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $182.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $177.1 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 $0.11. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.11 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.11 for Q3 were 10.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 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 9.1%, 390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.9%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.9%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $168.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.00.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $760.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.59.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 113 members out of 121 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 25 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 25 give CBIZ 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 CBIZ is outperform, with an average price target of $7.75.

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