Media coverage about Rollins (NYSE:ROL) has trended positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rollins earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.4538200063056 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- Technicals in Focus – Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Emory University’s AIDSVu shows disproportionately low prescription rate for HIV prevention drug in South (bizjournals.com)
- 10 Georgia Billionaires Make Forbes’ 2018 List – Patch.com (patch.com)
- Active-Investors: Blog Exposure – Rollins Acquired OPC Pest Services (finanznachrichten.de)
- Seth Rollins And The Miz Hype WrestleMania 34 Match, WWE Superstars Unbox (Video), WWE Stock Up (wrestlinginc.com)
A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. William Blair assumed coverage on Rollins in a research note on Monday, January 29th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Rollins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Saturday, January 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Rollins presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.67.
Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The business services provider reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $414.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $412.08 million. Rollins had a return on equity of 29.76% and a net margin of 10.70%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Rollins will post 1.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th were issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. This is an increase from Rollins’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 8th. Rollins’s dividend payout ratio is presently 68.29%.
In other Rollins news, COO John F. Wilson sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.09, for a total value of $1,001,800.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Vice Chairman Gary W. Rollins bought 2,180 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $45.84 per share, for a total transaction of $99,931.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 56.30% of the company’s stock.
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Rollins Company Profile
Rollins, Inc is a service company, which operates in pest and termite control business segment. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides its services to both residential and commercial customers in North America, Australia, and Europe with international franchises in Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, Africa, Canada, Australia, and Mexico.
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