Rollins (ROL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Rollins (NYSE:ROL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rollins earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3576619176884 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Rollins (ROL) traded down $0.46 during trading on Friday, reaching $46.00. 422,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 542,597. The firm has a market cap of $10,063.92, a PE ratio of 55.63 and a beta of 0.28. Rollins has a 52-week low of $32.82 and a 52-week high of $48.29.

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $450.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $449.92 million. Rollins had a net margin of 11.15% and a return on equity of 29.60%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.23 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Rollins will post 0.85 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 9th. This represents a yield of 1.04%. Rollins’s payout ratio is 54.76%.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Rollins in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Rollins from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. Rollins currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.67.

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About Rollins

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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