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Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) reported earnings on Aug. 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted and GAAP earnings per share expanded.

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

Revenue details
Pitney Bowes booked revenue of $1.25 billion. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $1.24 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.31 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 $0.50. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.50 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q2 were 2.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.49 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 49.4%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.3%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.0%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.27 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.49.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.06.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 275 members out of 330 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 88 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 77 give Pitney Bowes a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Pitney Bowes is outperform, with an average price target of $17.75.

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