Rollins, Inc.'s (NYSE:ROL) Stock Has Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Strong: Is The Market Wrong?

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Rollins, Inc.

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Rollins (NYSE:ROL) has had a rough three months with its share price down 11%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Rollins' ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

See our latest analysis for Rollins

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Rollins is:

37% = US$410m ÷ US$1.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.37 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

A Side By Side comparison of Rollins' Earnings Growth And 37% ROE

To begin with, Rollins has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 8.6% which is quite remarkable. This likely paved the way for the modest 15% net income growth seen by Rollins over the past five years.

As a next step, we compared Rollins' net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 11%.

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NYSE:ROL Past Earnings Growth October 30th 2023

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is ROL fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is Rollins Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 52% (or a retention ratio of 48%) for Rollins suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Additionally, Rollins has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 62% of its profits over the next three years. Therefore, the company's future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 38%.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that Rollins' performance has been quite good. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. The latest industry analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to maintain its current growth rate. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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