Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL) reported earnings on April 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Colgate-Palmolive met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
Colgate-Palmolive logged revenue of $4.32 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $4.30 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 $1.32. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.32 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.32 for Q1 were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.24 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.97 for Q1 were 21% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.23 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 58.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.2%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.7%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.42 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.41.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $17.76 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.74.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,312 members out of 1,361 rating the stock outperform, and 49 members rating it underperform. Among 499 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 489 give Colgate-Palmolive a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Colgate-Palmolive is hold, with an average price target of $113.24.

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