Rollins (NYSE:ROL) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Saturday.

According to Zacks, “Rollins, Inc. is a premier global consumer and commercial services company. Rollins, Inc. provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC., Orkin Canada, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, HomeTeam Pest Defense, AllPest, Critter Control, Inc., Trutech LLC., Waltham Services LLC., PermaTreat, Crane Pest Control, Statewide Pest Control, Murray Pest Control, Safeguard Pest Control, and Northwest Exterminating. “

Separately, William Blair assumed coverage on shares of Rollins in a report on Monday, January 29th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.67.

Shares of ROL opened at $52.16 on Friday. Rollins has a fifty-two week low of $37.25 and a fifty-two week high of $54.25. The company has a market cap of $11,381.83, a P/E ratio of 59.95 and a beta of 0.22.

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The business services provider reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.01. Rollins had a net margin of 10.70% and a return on equity of 29.76%. The firm had revenue of $414.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $412.08 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.17 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Rollins will post 1.1 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Rollins news, COO John F. Wilson sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.09, for a total transaction of $1,001,800.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 56.30% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Wolverine Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Rollins during the 4th quarter worth approximately $104,000. First Manhattan Co. acquired a new position in Rollins during the 4th quarter worth approximately $185,000. Balentine LLC acquired a new position in Rollins during the 4th quarter worth approximately $206,000. M&T Bank Corp acquired a new position in Rollins during the 4th quarter worth approximately $206,000. Finally, Jane Street Group LLC acquired a new position in Rollins during the 4th quarter worth approximately $223,000. Institutional investors own 38.14% of the company’s stock.

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Rollins Company Profile

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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