Rollins, Inc. Earnings Fueled by Zika Fears

Rollins (NYSE: ROL) reported first-quarter financial results on April 26. The pest control specialist continues to deliver steady gains in revenue and earnings, as fears surrounding insect-borne diseases mount.

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Rollins results: The raw numbers

Data source: Rollins Q1 2017 earnings press release.

What happened with Rollins this quarter?

Revenue grew 6.4% year over year to $375.2 million, including 5.2% from organic growth and price increases and 1.2% from acquisitions.

Rollins' growth was broad-based. Residential pest control -- which makes up 41% of Rollins' revenue -- rose 7%. Commercial pest control -- also representing 41% of total revenue -- grew 5.3%. And termite services (18% of revenue) increased 7.5%.

Moreover, Rollins is becoming more profitable as it expands. The company's investments in improved billing and route management software are helping to increase the efficiency of its operations; pre-tax margin rose to 18%, up from 17% in the year-ago period.

All told, net income -- adjusted to exclude a tax benefit -- increased 12.7% to $36 million, and earnings per share rose 13.1% to $0.17 per share.

Looking forward

Rollins Inc. did not offer revenue or earnings guidance, but CEO Gary Rollins highlighted the increasingly important need for Rollins' services during a conference call with analysts.

This growing health threat from insects and other pests should be a boon for Rollins' business in the years ahead.

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