RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) reported earnings on Nov. 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
RPX reported revenue of $47.0 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $47.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $38.4 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 $0.18. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.14 for Q3 were 6.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.15 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 53.3%, 380 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 25.5%, 800 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.1%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $49.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.19.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $195.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.85.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 130 members out of 131 rating the stock outperform, and one members rating it underperform. Among 32 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 31 give RPX a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on RPX is outperform, with an average price target of $18.50.

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