Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) reported earnings on Nov. 13. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 28 (Q4), Jacobs Engineering Group missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Jacobs Engineering Group reported revenue of $2.79 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $2.90 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.72 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 $0.80. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.79 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.83 for Q4 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.74 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 16.0%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.0%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.9%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.79.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $12.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.32.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 978 members out of 1,004 rating the stock outperform, and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 225 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 218 give Jacobs Engineering Group a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Jacobs Engineering Group is outperform, with an average price target of $49.94.

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