Ryanair Holdings (Nasdaq: RYAAY) reported earnings on Nov. 5. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q2), Ryanair Holdings beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Ryanair Holdings booked revenue of $2.34 billion. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $2.27 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.09 billion.

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 $0.44. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.98 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q2 were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 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 40.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 31.9%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 27.3%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.12 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.20.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.10.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 148 members out of 173 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 51 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 41 give Ryanair Holdings a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ryanair Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $41.15.

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