The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Rollins beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Rollins notched revenue of $289.5 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $284.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $271.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.16. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.14 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q1 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.13 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 48.8%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.7%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.0%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $336.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.27 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.77.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 88 members out of 93 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 23 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 22 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 $24.50.
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