Skilled Healthcare Group (NYSE: SKH) reported earnings on Nov. 5. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

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

Revenue details
Skilled Healthcare Group recorded revenue of $216.6 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $218.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $217.2 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 $0.21. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.20 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.16 for Q3 against -$6.26 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 13.7%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 450 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.8%, 10,990 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $222.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $878.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 129 members out of 138 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 34 give Skilled Healthcare Group a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Skilled Healthcare Group is hold, with an average price target of $6.29.

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