Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) reported earnings on Nov. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Aug. 31 (Q4), Greenbrier Companies whiffed on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.

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

Revenue details
Greenbrier Companies reported revenue of $443.5 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $501.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $442.7 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 $0.26. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.57 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.26 for Q4 were 38% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 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 12.3%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.1%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.7%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $494.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.07 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 195 members out of 217 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 63 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 57 give Greenbrier Companies a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Greenbrier Companies is outperform, with an average price target of $26.30.

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