Itron (Nasdaq: ITRI) reported earnings on Nov. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Itron reported revenue of $504.1 million. The 19 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $524.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $615.6 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 $0.97. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.93 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.89 for Q3 compared to -$12.70 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 34.1%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 9,100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $497.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.64.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.75.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 517 members out of 542 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 129 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 125 give Itron a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Itron is outperform, with an average price target of $49.34.

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