Equities analysts expect that Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL) will post earnings of $0.22 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for Rollins’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.24 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.20. Rollins reported earnings per share of $0.21 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 4.8%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Wednesday, October 23rd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Rollins will report full-year earnings of $0.72 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.70 to $0.74. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $0.79 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.78 to $0.80. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that follow Rollins.

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 24th. The business services provider reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.21. Rollins had a net margin of 11.99% and a return on equity of 31.43%. The company had revenue of $524.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $523.88 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.30 earnings per share. Rollins’s quarterly revenue was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on ROL. Nomura reduced their price target on shares of Rollins from $46.00 to $43.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Rollins from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $37.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, July 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Rollins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 23rd. Stifel Nicolaus cut shares of Rollins from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $36.50 to $25.00 in a research report on Wednesday, June 26th. Finally, Macquarie began coverage on shares of Rollins in a research report on Monday, April 29th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $38.90 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $35.87.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan acquired a new stake in Rollins in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $142,000. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans lifted its position in shares of Rollins by 52.7% in the 4th quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 6,463 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $233,000 after acquiring an additional 2,230 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of Rollins in the 4th quarter worth approximately $173,000. FMR LLC lifted its position in shares of Rollins by 899.4% in the 4th quarter. FMR LLC now owns 361,341 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $13,045,000 after acquiring an additional 325,187 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Rollins by 61.6% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,042,411 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,629,000 after acquiring an additional 397,259 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 40.64% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE ROL traded up $0.20 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $33.25. 1,075,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,361,531. Rollins has a 12-month low of $31.81 and a 12-month high of $43.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.73 and a current ratio of 0.77. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $35.18 and a 200 day moving average price of $38.12. The firm has a market cap of $10.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 46.83 and a beta of 0.35.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 10th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 9th will be issued a $0.105 dividend. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.26%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 8th. Rollins’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 59.15%.

About Rollins

Rollins, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides pest and termite control services to residential and commercial customers. It offers protection against termite damage, rodents, and insects to homes and businesses, including hotels, food service establishments, food manufacturers, retailers, and transportation companies.

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