Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) reported earnings on March 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 3 (Q4), Williams-Sonoma met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins increased, operating margins contracted, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
Williams-Sonoma recorded revenue of $1.41 billion. The 24 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $1.40 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.27 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 $1.34. The 27 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.29 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.34 for Q4 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.16 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 41.3%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $867.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.36.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.24 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.78.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 253 members out of 348 rating the stock outperform, and 95 members rating it underperform. Among 97 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 83 give Williams-Sonoma a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Williams-Sonoma is outperform, with an average price target of $48.14.

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