Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) reported earnings on Nov. 5. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Church & Dwight notched revenue of $725.2 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $717.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $701.0 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 $0.66. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.59 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.66 for Q3 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.54 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 45.2%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.9%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $795.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.61.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.90 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.42.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 398 members out of 416 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 137 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 131 give Church & Dwight 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 Church & Dwight is hold, with an average price target of $56.53.

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