Sony (NYSE: SNE) reported earnings on Nov. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q2), Sony missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, net margins expanded.

Revenue details
Sony booked revenue of $20.60 billion. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $21.25 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $20.43 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 -$0.20. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.21 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.20 for Q2 compared to -$0.35 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 22.5%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.1%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $24.80 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.67.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $83.77 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.08.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,197 members out of 1,692 rating the stock outperform, and 495 members rating it underperform. Among 369 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 224 give Sony a green thumbs-up, and 145 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sony is hold, with an average price target of $12.69.

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