Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) reported earnings on July 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Dow Chemical met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Dow Chemical reported revenue of $14.58 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $14.45 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 $0.64. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.62 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.64 for Q2 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.55 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.87 for Q2 were 240% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.55 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 17.0%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.6%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $14.13 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.56.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $57.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.37.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,087 members out of 2,220 rating the stock outperform, and 133 members rating it underperform. Among 602 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 586 give Dow Chemical 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 Dow Chemical is hold, with an average price target of $35.91.

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