Exelon (NYSE: EXC) reported earnings on May 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Exelon crushed expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Exelon reported revenue of $6.89 billion. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for net sales of $5.34 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.69 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 $0.70. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.68 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.70 for Q1 were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.85 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.01 for Q1 versus $0.28 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 22.0%, 610 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.5%, 730 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.1%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $5.86 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $24.71 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.50.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,885 members out of 1,946 rating the stock outperform, and 61 members rating it underperform. Among 441 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 425 give Exelon a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Exelon is hold, with an average price target of $33.45.

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