United States Lime & Minerals (Nasdaq: USLM) reported earnings on July 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), United States Lime & Minerals beat expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
United States Lime & Minerals reported revenue of $35.2 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $33.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $36.5 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.83. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.62 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.83 for Q2 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.73 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 25.5%, 750 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.9%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.2%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $35.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.75.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $135.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.77.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 100 members out of 111 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 22 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 19 give United States Lime & Minerals a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

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