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Rollins' (ROL) Earnings and Revenues Miss Estimates in Q1

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Rollins, Inc. ROL reported lower-than-expected first-quarter 2019 results.

Earnings of 14 cents per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny and declined by a penny year over year. The bottom line was negatively impacted by a higher tax rate, strengthening U.S. dollar against foreign currency and professional services expenses associated with buyouts and enhanced employee benefit participation.

Revenues of $429 million missed the consensus mark by $2 million but improved 5% year over year. Weather conditions weighed on the company’s top line as arctic weather and torrential rains caused termites and other pests to remain dormant for the quarter.

Income before income taxes of $56.1 million decreased 5.3% year over year. Net income of $44.2 million declined 8.9%.

Rollins exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalent balance of $116.6 million compared with $115.5 million in the prior quarter.

We observe that shares of the company have gained 21.2% year to date, underperforming the 24.8% rally of the industry it belongs to.

Zacks Rank & Upcoming Releases

Currently, Rollins carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Investors interested in the broader Zacks Business Services sector are awaiting first-quarter 2019 earnings reports of key players like Aptiv APTV, S&P Global SPGI and CRA International CRAI. All of them are slated to report on May 2, before market opens.

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