Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE: SMG) reported earnings on Nov. 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q4), Scotts Miracle-Gro missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP loss per share dropped.

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

Revenue details
Scotts Miracle-Gro notched revenue of $401.2 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $412.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $417.2 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 -$0.59. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.58 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.66 for Q4 compared to -$0.87 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 26.2%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -11.1%, 700 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -10.0%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $213.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$1.15.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.59.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 223 members out of 253 rating the stock outperform, and 30 members rating it underperform. Among 93 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 85 give Scotts Miracle-Gro a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Scotts Miracle-Gro is hold, with an average price target of $40.75.

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