Rollins Increases Sales but Misses Estimates on Earnings

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Rollins (NYS: ROL) reported earnings on Jan. 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Rollins beat slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew.


Gross margins shrank, operating margins shrank, net margins were steady.

Revenue details
Rollins booked revenue of $306.4 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $302.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $289.1 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.16. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.17 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q4 were 6.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.15 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 46.8%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.7%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $299.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.17.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.33 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.84.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 92 members out of 98 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 30 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 29 give Rollins a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rollins is outperform, with an average price target of $28.00.

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