Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Rollins (ROL) Stock Price

News headlines about Rollins (NYSE:ROL) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rollins earned a media sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3625870162475 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Rollins stock traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $51.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 497,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 718,983. The firm has a market cap of $11,229.08, a P/E ratio of 62.77 and a beta of 0.21. Rollins has a fifty-two week low of $35.51 and a fifty-two week high of $53.00.

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last released 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 business had revenue of $414.70 million during 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 quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.17 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Rollins will post 1.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 9th were paid a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.09%. This is an increase from Rollins’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. Rollins’s payout ratio is 68.29%.

Several brokerages have recently commented on ROL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rollins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 target price for the company in a research note on Saturday, January 27th. William Blair began coverage on Rollins in a research note on Monday, January 29th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $47.67.

In other Rollins news, COO John F. Wilson sold 20,000 shares of Rollins stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.09, for a total transaction of $1,001,800.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 56.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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