Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) reported earnings on Feb. 20. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Trinity Industries missed estimates on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Trinity Industries recorded revenue of $1.01 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for sales of $1.03 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $923.6 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 $0.86. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.84 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q4 were 54% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.56 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.90 for Q4 were 29% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 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 20.9%, 410 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.6%, 410 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $990.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.68.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,028 members out of 1,058 rating the stock outperform, and 30 members rating it underperform. Among 271 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 271 give Trinity Industries a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Trinity Industries is outperform, with an average price target of $36.38.

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