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Share Price:
Down 471.00p
Change Today:
-4.60p
Market Cap:
8,758m
Sector:
Support Services

Rentokil cleans up on surging global hygiene product demand

By Frank Prenesti

Date: Thursday 04 Mar 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Pest control outfit Rentokil reported higher annual profits and resumed dividend payments driven by a strong performance demand for hygiene products during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company on Thursday said operating profit rose 5.4% to 383.8m, with revenue up 5% to 2.8bn. Pre-tax profit fell 32% to 229.8m and a final dividend of 5.41p a share was declared.

Rentokil said revenue from its hygiene division rose 36% for the year to December 31 as demand for sanitisers and disinfection services surged, offsetting declines in washroom services due to lockdowns.

"As the world adopts increasingly high standards of hygiene, customer demand for soaps, hand drying products and sanitisers is rising significantly," Rentokil said.

However, chief executive Andy ransom said he expected volumes and prices to "significantly unwind as the year progresses and the crisis hopefully abates".

Sales of soap and sanitiser dispensers tripled to around 540,500 units, Rentokil said, with refills 17 times greater than in the prior year. Hand sanitiser revenues of 21m increased by just under 15m in 2020.

Revenue from disinfection services hit 225.1m, with 176.3m coming in the second half.

Ransom said 2021 "will be a year of transition as we cross the bridge from the worst of the crisis in 2020 to, hopefully, a post-pandemic 2022".

"Thanks to the significant and swift actions we took in 2020, we are strongly positioned for the coming year, and expect to see further progress from our core Pest Control, Hygiene and Protect & Enhance categories."

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RTO Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Price 471.00p
Change Today -4.60p
52 Week High 571.00p
52 Week Low 460.70p
Volume 3,542,395
Shares Issued 1,859.33m
Market Cap 8,758m
Beta 0.04

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What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 11
Buy 3
Neutral 2
Sell 0
Strong Sell 2
Total 18
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RTO Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final Interim
Ex-Div 08-Apr-21 08-Aug-19
Paid 19-May-21 11-Sep-19
Amount 5.41p 1.51p

Trades for 11-May-2021

Time Volume / Share Price
16:36 879 @ 471.00p
16:36 13,209 @ 471.00p
16:36 983 @ 471.00p
16:35 935 @ 471.00p
16:35 30,694 @ 471.00p

RTO Key Personnel

CEO Andy M. Ransom
Chair Richard Solomons
CFO Stuart Ingall- Tombs