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

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

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Saia logged revenue of $278.0 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $276.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $268.3 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 $0.56. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.52 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q3 were 87% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.30 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 13.7%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.9%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $261.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.35.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.09 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.93.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 103 members out of 114 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 29 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 26 give Saia a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Saia is outperform, with an average price target of $30.33.

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