CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) reported earnings on Feb. 27. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
CenterPoint Energy logged revenue of $2.14 billion. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see net sales of $2.42 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 $0.28. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.21 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.28 for Q4 were 7.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.31 for Q4 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.27 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 30.5%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.3%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.71 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.37.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.76 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.26.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 279 members out of 301 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 83 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 80 give CenterPoint Energy a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CenterPoint Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $21.92.

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