IPG Photonics (Nasdaq: IPGP) reported earnings on Feb. 15. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), IPG Photonics met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
IPG Photonics booked revenue of $145.0 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $146.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $123.5 million.

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 $0.67. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.67 for Q4 were 4.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.64 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 51.8%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 33.7%, 240 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 24.1%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $145.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.72.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $644.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.27.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,450 members out of 1,486 rating the stock outperform, and 36 members rating it underperform. Among 481 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 472 give IPG Photonics a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on IPG Photonics is outperform, with an average price target of $66.80.

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