Estée Lauder Companies (NYSE: EL) reported earnings on Nov. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q1), Estée Lauder Companies met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Estée Lauder Companies recorded revenue of $2.55 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $2.54 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.48 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 $0.79. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.77 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.76 for Q1 were 8.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 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 78.9%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.12.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $10.24 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.57.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 161 members out of 225 rating the stock outperform, and 64 members rating it underperform. Among 83 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 62 give Estée Lauder Companies a green thumbs-up, and 21 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Estée Lauder Companies is outperform, with an average price target of $65.88.

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