Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) reported earnings on Feb. 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Time Warner met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Time Warner tallied revenue of $8.16 billion. The 25 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $8.22 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.

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 $1.17. The 29 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.10 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.21 for Q4 were 57% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.77 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 45.7%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.7%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.3%, 490 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $7.19 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.80.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $29.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.67.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,055 members out of 1,247 rating the stock outperform, and 192 members rating it underperform. Among 341 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 305 give Time Warner a green thumbs-up, and 36 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Time Warner is outperform, with an average price target of $50.14.

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