Tyco International (NYSE: TYC) reported earnings on Nov. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Tyco International recorded revenue of $2.73 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $2.72 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 42% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.69 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 $0.33. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.36 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.91 for Q4 versus $0.85 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 36.7%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.2%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -15.4%, 2,390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.49 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.77 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 483 members out of 528 rating the stock outperform, and 45 members rating it underperform. Among 134 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 129 give Tyco International a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tyco International is outperform, with an average price target of $45.50.

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