Rollins (NYSE:ROL) Earning Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about Rollins (NYSE:ROL) has been trending positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rollins earned a news sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.9460062967121 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

NYSE:ROL opened at $51.03 on Friday. Rollins has a one year low of $35.82 and a one year high of $53.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,013.05, a PE ratio of 62.23 and a beta of 0.21.

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 24th. The business services provider reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.01. Rollins had a return on equity of 29.76% and a net margin of 10.70%. The business had revenue of $414.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $412.08 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.17 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Rollins will post 1.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th were issued a $0.14 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.10%. This is an increase from Rollins’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. Rollins’s dividend payout ratio is presently 68.29%.

ROL has been the topic of several recent research reports. William Blair initiated coverage on Rollins in a report on Monday, January 29th. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rollins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price target on the stock in a report on Saturday, January 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Rollins presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.67.

In other 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 hyperlink. 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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