Rollins Inc. Announces Settlement of SEC Investigation
ATLANTA, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial services company, announced today it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to fully resolve an investigation into the impact of certain adjustments to accruals and reserves on reported earnings per share in the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2017. Under terms of the settlement, Rollins neither admits nor denies the SEC's findings and will pay an $8 million civil penalty, which was fully accrued in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.
"Since the Company first learned of this investigation, we have taken this matter very seriously, conducting an internal review and taking proactive steps to address the findings," said Elizabeth Chandler, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Rollins. "We have also reevaluated and strengthened our internal controls over financial reporting, and improved processes, procedures and supporting documentation, including those related to management's judgments and estimates impacting reported financial results. Rollins remains committed to doing the right thing on behalf of our employees, investors and customers and we are pleased to have reached a resolution to this matter."
The individuals who were leading the accounting department at the time are no longer employed by the Company and there will be no restatement of the Company's historical financial results related to the SEC's investigation.
About Rollins, Inc.
Rollins, Inc. is a premier global consumer and commercial services company. Through its family of leading brands, Orkin, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Clark Pest Control, Northwest Exterminating, McCall Service, Trutech, Critter Control, Western Pest Services, Waltham Services, OPC Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, PermaTreat, Crane Pest Control, Missquito, Orkin Canada, Orkin Australia, Safeguard (UK), Aardwolf Pestkare (Singapore), and more, the Company and its franchises provide essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than two million customers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia from more than 800 locations. You can learn more about Rollins and its subsidiaries by visiting our website at www.rollins.com, where you can also find this and other news releases by accessing the news releases button.
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Released April 18, 2022