Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) reported earnings on Nov. 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 29 (Q4), Tyson Foods missed slightly on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Tyson Foods chalked up revenue of $8.37 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $8.51 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.40 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 $0.55. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.44 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.51 for Q4 were 104% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 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 6.8%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.2%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.63 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $34.79 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.58.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 279 members out of 350 rating the stock outperform, and 71 members rating it underperform. Among 90 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 75 give Tyson Foods a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tyson Foods is hold, with an average price target of $18.25.

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