Shares of Rollins, Inc. ROL have gained 38% so far this year, outperforming 15.1% growth of the industry it belongs to.
Let’s delve deeper into the factors that have contributed to the company’s price performance.
Consecutive Revenue Beat
Rollins came up with better-than-expected revenue performance in the last three quarters. A balanced approach to organic and inorganic growth continues to benefit the company’s top line.
Strategic Acquisitions Bode Well
Acquisitions are a major growth catalyst in Rollins’ business strategy. With the help of strategic acquisitions, the company continues to expand its global brand recognition, geographical footprint and boost its revenues.
The company recently announced that one of its Australia-based subsidiaries completed the purchase of Adams Pest Control Pty Ltd., an independent pest control provider. Adams Pest Control will join the Orkin Australia portfolio of brands.
In June 2020, Rollins’ subsidiary, Rollins UK Holdings Ltd., completed the purchase of environment friendly companies Albany Environmental Services Ltd. and Van Vynck Environmental Services, the company’s sixth and seventh acquisitions, respectively in the U.K. Considering their market reputation, both Albany and Van Vynck are promising additions in terms of geographical expansion as well as business improvement.
Notably, Rollins completed seven acquisitions during first-quarter 2020. It made 30 acquisitions in 2019, 38 in 2018 and 23 in 2017.
Other Contributing Factors
Demand environment for this building-maintenance servicer is in good shape, driven by higher government spending and decent construction activity. A balanced approach to organic and inorganic growth continues to benefit the company’s top line. Strong customer and employee retention keeps organic revenues in good shape.
Further, consistent dividend payment underscores the company's commitment to shareholders and underlines its confidence in business. The company paid out dividends of $153.8 million, $152.7 million and $122 million in 2019, 2018 and 2017 respectively. Such shareholder-friendly moves not only instill investor confidence but also positively impact earnings per share.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Rollins currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Zacks Business Services sector are DocuSign DOCU, SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. SAIL and ManpowerGroup MAN. All the stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
The long-term expected earnings per share (three to five years) growth rate for DocuSign, SailPoint and ManpowerGroup is 31.2%, 15% and 1.5%, respectively.
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