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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021

Commission file No. 1-4422

ROLLINS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

    

51-0068479

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

incorporation or organization)

 

 

 

 

 

2170 Piedmont Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia

 

30324

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (404) 888-2000

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

    

Trading Symbol(s)

    

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $1 Par Value

 

ROL

 

The New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act: None.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and emerging growth company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large Accelerated Filer       

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company       

 

                            

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report. Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes No

The aggregate market value of Rollins, Inc. Common Stock held by non-affiliates on June 30, 2021 was $7,888,772,207 based on the reported last sale price of common stock on June 30, 2021, which is the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

Rollins, Inc. had 492,085,707 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of January 31, 2022.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the Proxy Statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Rollins, Inc. are incorporated by reference into Part III, Items 10-14.

Table of Contents

Rollins, Inc.

Form 10-K

For the Year Ended December 31, 2021

Table of Contents

 

    

 

    

Page

Part I

 

Item 1.

Business.

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Item 1.A.

Risk Factors.

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Item 1.B.

Unresolved Staff Comments.

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Item 2.

Properties.

16

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings.

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Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures.

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Part II

17

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

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Item 6

[Reserved]

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Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

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Item 7.A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

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Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

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Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures.

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Item 9.A.

Controls and Procedures.

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Item 9.B.

Other Information.

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Item 9.C.

Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections

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Part III

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

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Item 11.

Executive Compensation.

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Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

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Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions, and Director Independence.

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Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

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Part IV

Item 15.

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

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Signatures.

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Schedule II.

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PART I

Item 1.     Business

General Overview

Rollins, Inc. (“Rollins,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”), is an international services company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Through our family of leading brands, we provide essential pest and wildlife control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than two million residential and commercial customers from more than 800 Company-owned and franchised locations in over 70 countries.  Over the course of our lengthy operating history, we have garnered a reputation for providing great customer service. The contracted and recurring nature of our services provide us with visibility into a significant portion of our future earnings.

In 1964, brothers O. Wayne and John Rollins acquired Orkin Exterminating Company and in 1965 we changed our name from Rollins Broadcasting, Inc to Rollins, Inc. In 1968, Rollins began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ROL”. Since then, we have grown into a premier consumer and commercial services business with numerous industry leading brands including the world renowned Orkin, as well as HomeTeam Pest Defense, Clark Pest Control, Western Pest Services, Critter Control Wildlife, and Northwest Pest Control, among others.

We operate under one reportable segment which contains our three business lines:

Residential: Pest control services protecting residential properties from common pests, including rodents, insects and wildlife;
Commercial: Workplace pest control solutions for customers across diverse end markets such as healthcare, foodservice, logistics; and
Termite: Traditional and baiting termite protection services and ancillary services for both residential and commercial customers.

Our Competitive Strengths

Rollins is a global leader in pest control. We have established a portfolio of premier brands with extensive service capabilities across a deep operating network. Our scale enables delivery of great service and provides a significant and reinforcing competitive advantage through (i) comprehensive capabilities to win new residential and commercial accounts, (ii) technology investments for operations optimization and enhanced customer experience, (iii) route density to manage variable costs, and (iv) financial flexibility to generate organic growth and pursue M&A.

Robust Operating Platform with Proprietary Technology

Our extensive footprint creates an efficient and scalable operating platform to facilitate exceptional customer service delivery, increased cross-selling opportunities, and cost efficiencies. We have strategically invested in proprietary routing and scheduling technologies to increase our competitive advantage, which includes real-time service tracking and customer Internet communication to personalize the customer experience. We also developed and launched our proprietary Branch Operating Support System (“BOSS”), which offers a back-end interface to facilitate service tracking and payment processing for technicians. BOSS also provides virtual route management tools to increase route efficiency across our network, reducing miles driven and associated costs while increasing customer retention through on-time and rapid response service.

Differentiated Employee Base and Service Delivery

Our employees are critical to delivering an outstanding customer experience, and we are highly focused on providing our team with best-in-class training and development opportunities. We operate the 27,000 square foot Rollins Learning Center training facility located in Atlanta, GA, which is a distance-learning and global broadcast facility with simulated environments and classrooms for training. In addition to in-person training, the Rollins Learning Center offers on-demand training sessions that employees can access from anywhere

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in the world that are produced at our on-site, state-of-the-art broadcast studio. Our unique programs contribute to our position as an employer of choice and have earned us recognition from Training magazine among the Top 125 U.S. Training Companies 16 times in the past 19 years. We continuously monitor co-worker engagement and customer loyalty.

Experienced Management Team

Our management team combines extensive business and consumer services experience with robust local pest control leadership. Consistent with our culture of attracting, developing and progressing talented individuals, our senior leadership team consists of a combination of long-term internal leaders and strategic hires from well-respected external platforms. Our Chairman and CEO, Gary Rollins, is the son of Rollins, Inc. co-founder O. Wayne Rollins and has spent his entire career with the Company, serving as CEO since 2001.

International Business

We continue to expand our international presence through organic growth, international acquisitions, and our international franchise programs. In 2021, we saw revenue growth in our operations in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. We believe geographic diversity allows us to increase brand recognition, meet demands of global customers, and draw on business and technical expertise from teams in several countries, and offers us an opportunity to access new markets.

Franchising Programs

We have franchise programs through Orkin, Critter Control and our Australian subsidiaries. We had a total of 135, 128 and 134 domestic franchise agreements as of December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. International franchise agreements totaled 103, 101 and 104 as of December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Transactions with our franchises involve sales of territories and customer contracts to establish new franchises and the payment of initial franchise fees and royalties by franchisees. The territories, customer contracts and initial franchise fees are typically paid for by a combination of cash and notes.

Acquisition Strategy

We have extensive experience acquiring companies of all sizes. Over the last three years, we have completed approximately 100 acquisitions, including 39 acquisitions in 2021. Our acquisition strategy targets high quality, profitable businesses with strong leadership that would benefit from incremental growth capital and have the potential to achieve margin expansion through cost and revenue synergies.

Seasonality

Our business is somewhat affected by weather conditions, including climate change and the seasonal nature of our pest and termite control services. The increase in pest presence and activity, as well as the metamorphosis of termites in the spring and summer (the occurrence of which is determined by the timing of the change in seasons), has historically resulted in an increase in the revenue of our pest and termite control operations during such periods as evidenced by the following chart.

    

Consolidated Net Revenues

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

First Quarter

$

535,554

$

487,901

$

429,069

Second Quarter

 

638,204

 

553,329

 

523,957

Third Quarter

 

650,199

 

583,698

 

556,466

Fourth Quarter

 

600,343

 

536,292

 

505,985

Year to date

$

2,424,300

$

2,161,220

$

2,015,477

Materials and Supplies

Our Company has relationships with a vast network of national pest control product distributors, manufacturers and other suppliers for pest and termite control treatment products. We maintain a sufficient level of products, materials, and other supplies to fulfill our immediate servicing needs and to mitigate any potential short-term shortage in availability from our national network of suppliers. We

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also have qualified comparable products and materials for key categories to have alternatives ready as needed. However, at any time supply chain disruptions that are more than short-term in nature could impact our levels of products, materials and other supplies.

Competition

We operate in a highly competitive environment. The principal factors of competition in our pest and termite control markets are the delivery of high quality of service, customer proximity, guarantee terms, reputation for safety, technical proficiency, and price. Due to our strong direct partnerships with product manufacturers, distributors, and visibility into the inventories, ordering and distribution of materials and supplies, we are able to foresee potential supply disruptions and to quickly adapt. The use of an innovative and industry changing distribution model and technology enables us to maintain adequate supplies for our field operations without a significant investment in warehousing and inventory.

We believe that, through our wholly-owned subsidiaries, we compete effectively and favorably with our competitors as one of the world’s largest pest and termite control companies. Our major competitors include Terminix, Ecolab, Rentokil and Anticimex.

Research and Development

Our expenditures on research activities relating to the development of new products or services are not significant. We utilize the relationships with our manufacturer and materials suppliers to provide new and innovative products and services, coupled with in-depth reviews by our tenured Technical Services department to ensure they meet our strict requirements. We also conduct tests of new products with the specific manufacturers of such products and we rely on research performed by leading universities.

In addition, we also work closely with leading scientists, educators, industry consultants and suppliers to improve service protocols and materials.

We maintain close relationships with several universities for research and validation of treatment procedures and material selection. Some of the new and improved service methods and products are also researched, developed and produced by unaffiliated universities and companies with a portion of these methods and products being produced to the specifications provided by us.

Environmental and Regulatory Considerations

Our business is subject to various local and national legislative and regulatory enactments including, but not limited to, environmental laws, antitrust laws, employment laws (including wage and hour laws, payroll taxes and anti-discrimination laws), immigration laws, motor vehicle laws and regulations, human health and safety laws, securities laws including, but not limited to, SEC regulations, and federal, state and local laws and regulations governing worker safety and the pest and termite control industry. If we were to fail to comply with any of these applicable laws or regulations, we could be subject to substantial fines or damages, be involved in lawsuits, enforcement actions and other claims by third parties or governmental authorities, suffer losses to our reputation and our business or suffer the loss of licenses or penalties that may affect how the business is operated, which, in turn, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Environmental, Health and Safety Matters

Specifically, our businesses are subject to various international, federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding environmental, health and safety matters. Among other things, these laws regulate the emission or discharge of materials into the environment, govern the use, storage, treatment, disposal, transportation and management of hazardous substances and wastes and protect the health and safety of our employees. These laws also impose liability for the costs of investigating and remediating, and damages resulting from, present and past releases of hazardous substances, including releases by prior owners or operators of sites we currently own or operate. Compliance with environmental, health and safety laws increases our operating costs, limits or restricts the services we provide and subjects us to the possibility of regulatory or private actions or proceedings.

Consumer Protection, Privacy and Solicitation Matters

Additionally, we are subject to international, federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations designed to protect consumers generally, including laws governing lending, debt collection and consumer finance, consumer privacy and fraud, the collection and use

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of consumer data, telemarketing and other forms of solicitation. The telemarketing rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission pursuant to the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and the Federal Telemarketing Sales Rule issued by the Federal Trade Commission, along with other legal authorities, govern our telephone sales practices. The CAN-SPAM Act regulates our email solicitations and the Consumer Review Fairness Act regulates consumer opinions on social media regarding our products and services. The California Consumer Privacy Act provides consumers the right to know what personal data we collect, how it is used, and the right to access, delete and opt out of the sale of their personal information to third parties.

Franchise Matters

Certain of our subsidiaries are subject to various international, federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations governing franchise sales, marketing and licensing and franchise trade practices generally, including applicable rules and regulations of the Federal Trade Commission. These laws and regulations generally require disclosure of business information in connection with the sale and licensing of our franchises. Certain state regulations also affect our ability as a franchisor, to revoke or refuse to renew a franchise. From time to time, we and one or more franchisees have been, and may in the future become, involved in a dispute regarding the franchise relationship, including payment of royalties or fees, location of branches, advertising, purchase of products by franchisees, non-competition covenants, compliance with our standards or franchise renewal criteria. Any such franchise dispute could possibly have an adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Intellectual Property

We rely on a combination of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and contractual provisions to protect our intellectual property. Our worldwide intellectual property portfolio is strengthened through innovation and brand recognition, and a comprehensive approach for protection and enforcement. Risk factors associated with our intellectual property are discussed in Item 1.A. "Risk Factors".

We protect and promote our intellectual property portfolio and take those actions we deem appropriate to enforce our intellectual property rights and to defend our rights both domestically and internationally. Although in the aggregate, our global portfolio of more than 450 trademarks is a valuable asset that is important to our operations, we believe that our competitive advantage is also largely attributable to the technical, marketing, and sales competence and capabilities of our employees, rather than on any individual trademark. Therefore, we do not consider the expiration or loss of any single trademark or intellectual property right, to be material to our business as a whole.

Human Capital

We believe one of the largest contributors to our Company’s success is the quality of our people. Attracting, developing and retaining high-quality talent is the primary objective of our human capital management. The development and retention of high-quality talent leads to a better customer experience and better customer retention. We develop and engage our people through our training at all levels of our organization.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had 16,482 employees. Approximately 14,800 of our employees were located in the United States, with approximately 13,700 employees at U.S. branch offices. Of the U.S. employees, less than 2% are represented by a labor union or covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

At December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

Employees

 

16,482

 

15,616

 

14,952

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We make it a priority to promote and create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace that results in higher levels of satisfaction and engagement, stronger staff retention, higher productivity, and a heightened sense of belonging. Our mission is to have a culture of inclusion, where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, with an equitable opportunity to excel. To reinforce our mission, we launched a new global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative in 2020. We created an Inclusion Advisory Council made up of employees from several different brands across the United States and Canada as a component of this initiative. In 2021 the Executive Leadership team approved a full-time management level position that will spearhead the Workplace Inclusion Strategic Plan.  With the

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continued input from the Advisory Council, the Director’s focus is on implementing the plan, monitoring, evaluating and measuring our efforts. Additionally, towards the end of 2020, we launched MissQuito, which is our first US based company that is led by a black woman. MissQuito began servicing customers in early 2021.  Our goal is to create organizational change focusing on inclusion for all employees and connection with all customers.

Health and Safety during COVID-19

We are committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities where we work, live and play. During fiscal 2021, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to execute our pre-established business continuity plans including our pandemic “SAFE Workplace” procedures to maintain compliance with state and local jurisdictions.  We continue to limit traffic in and out of our locations.  Management also regularly updates our employees and customers on COVID-19 developments in a consistent and timely manner which includes contact information for our Employee Assistance Program.

Community Involvement

We offer employees the opportunity to participate in various community outreach programs and believe that this commitment helps the Company to meet its goals of attracting, developing and retaining high-quality employees. We created Rollins United in 2019 to unify our brands’ philanthropic visions and consolidate our community outreach efforts. Our overarching goal is to create a significant impact in local communities over an extended period of time. The core mission of Rollins United is that everyone deserves a safe place to live, work, and play.

Over the last 40 years, we have partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta through employee and company-matching funds, helping make Rollins a community leader for many years. Rollins ranked #11 in the top 25 corporate contributors in 2020 compared to ranking #14 in 2019. Along with personal contributions from employees, the company hosts rallies, contests, and a silent auction to raise funds. Rollins has continued to increase its contributions from a 2020 total of $1.1 million to a 2021 total of $1.2 million.

We also have a partnership with the Grove Park Foundation (the “Foundation”) to help serve our Atlanta community. The partnership allows our employees to volunteer and support the Foundation, which is committed to neighborhood revitalization to improve the quality of life in Northwest Atlanta. Representatives from our Atlanta family of brands participate in volunteer opportunities in the Grove Park neighborhood throughout the year.  Additionally, many of our operations engage regularly with their local community efforts throughout the year.

Available Information

Our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports, are available free of charge on our website at www.rollins.com, under the heading “SEC Filings,” as soon as reasonably practicable after those reports are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding:

(1) our visibility into our future earnings because of the contracted and recurring nature of our services; (2) our investments in proprietary routing and scheduling technologies to increase our competitive advantage; (3) our belief that international expansion and geographic diversity allow us to increase brand recognition, meet demands of global customers and draw on business and technical expertise from teams in several countries, as well as access new markets; (4) our ability to quickly adapt to potential supply disruptions because of our strong direct partnerships with product manufacturers, distributors, and visibility into the inventories, ordering and distribution of materials and supplies; (5) our ability to maintain adequate supplies for our field operations without a significant investment in warehousing and inventory because of the use of an innovative and industry changing distribution model and technology; (6) our belief that the expiration or loss of any single trademark or intellectual property right would not be material to our business as a whole; (7) our belief that we compete effectively and favorably with our competitors as one of the world’s largest pest and termite control companies; (8) our belief that we maintain a sufficient level of products, materials and other supplies to fulfill our immediate servicing needs and to alleviate any potential short-term shortage in availability from our national network of suppliers; (9) the suitability and adequacy of our

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facilities to meet our current and reasonably anticipated future needs; (10) our belief that the development and retention of high-quality talent leads to a better customer experience and better customer retention; (11) our belief that if we make it a priority to promote and create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, it will result in higher levels of satisfaction and engagement, stronger staff retention, higher productivity, and a heightened sense of belonging; (12) our goals to create organizational change focusing on inclusion for all employees; (13) our belief that our commitment to offer employees the opportunity to participate in various community outreach programs will help us meet our goals of attracting, developing and retaining high-quality employees and create a significant impact in local communities over time; (14) our belief that no pending claim, proceeding or litigation, either alone or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, cash flow or prospects; (15) our belief that we establish sufficient loss contingency reserves based upon outcomes of such pending claims, proceedings or litigation that we currently believe to be probable and reasonably estimable; (16) our belief that the SEC Investigation is primarily focused on how the Company established accruals and reserves at period-ends for periods beginning January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 and the impact of those accruals and reserves on reported earnings per share, specifically, in the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2017 and the Company’s inability to predict the outcome of the SEC investigation, or the possibility that the ultimate amount of potential liability could be different from the amount accrued under ASC 450; (17) our belief that no restatement of our prior period financial statements will be required as a result of the SEC Investigation or matters related thereto; (18) our belief that our current cash and cash equivalents balances, future cash flows expected to be generated from operating activities, and available borrowings under our $175.0 million revolving credit facility and $300.0 million term loan facility (as amended January 27, 2022) will be sufficient to finance our current operations and obligations, and fund expansion of our business for the foreseeable future; (19) our expectation to continue our payment of cash dividends, subject to our earnings and financial condition and other relevant factors; (20) our belief that we maintain adequate liquidity and capital resources, without regard to its foreign deposits, to finance domestic operations and obligations and to fund expansion of our domestic business; (21) our projected 2022 capital expenditures; (22) our plans to seek new acquisitions; (23) the plans to grow the business in foreign markets through reinvestment of foreign deposits and future earnings and through acquisitions of unrelated companies with no expectation of repatriation of cash from our foreign subsidiaries; (24) our belief that we have adequate liquid assets, funding sources and insurance accruals to accommodate certain insurance claims; (25) our expectation that we will maintain compliance with the covenants contained in our Revolving Credit Agreement throughout 2022; (26) the expected impact and amount of our contractual obligations; (27) our expectations regarding termite claims and factors that impact future costs from those claims; (28) the expected collectability of accounts receivable; (29) our belief that our tax positions are fully supportable; (30) our beliefs about our accounting policies and the impact of recent accounting pronouncements; (31) our belief that our exposure to market risks arising from changes in foreign exchange rates will not have a material impact upon our results of operations going forward; (32) our ability to utilize all of our foreign net operating losses; (33) our reasonable certainty that we will exercise the renewal options on our vehicle leases; (34) expectations regarding the recognition of compensation costs related to time-lapse restricted shares; (35) our ability to be proactive in safety and risk management to develop and maintain ongoing programs to reduce and prevent incidents and claims under our insurance programs and arrangements; (36) our potential suspension of future services for customers with past due balances; and (37) management’s intention that our floating-to-fixed interest rate swap for an aggregate notional amount of $100.0 million will hedge a portion of the Company’s floating rate indebtedness under the Credit Facility.

Our actual results could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements because of various risks, timing and uncertainties including, without limitation, the failure to maintain and enhance our brands and develop a positive client reputation; our ability to protect our intellectual property and other proprietary rights that are material to our business and our brand recognition; actions taken by our franchisees, subcontractors or vendors that may harm our business; general economic conditions; the impact of the extent and duration of economic contraction related to COVID-19 on general economic activity for the remainder of 2022 and beyond; the impact of future developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, results of operations, accounting assumptions and estimates and financial condition, including, without limitation, restrictions in customer discretionary expenditures, disruptions in credit or financial markets, increases in fuel prices, raw material costs or other operating costs; potential increases in labor costs; labor shortages and/or our inability to attract and retain skilled workers; competitive factors and pricing practices; changes in industry practices or technologies; the degree of success of our termite process reforms and pest control selling and treatment methods; our ability to identify, complete and successfully integrate potential acquisitions; unsuccessful expansion into international markets; climate change and unfavorable weather conditions; a breach of data security resulting in the unauthorized access of personal, financial, proprietary, confidential or other personal data or information about our customers, employees, third parties, or of our proprietary confidential information; damage to our brands or reputation; possibility of an adverse ruling against us in pending litigation, regulatory action or investigation; the ongoing SEC investigation and any potential related risks and uncertainties; changes in various government laws and regulations, including environmental regulations; the adequacy of our insurance coverage to cover all significant risk exposures; the effectiveness of our risk management and safety program; general market risk; management’s substantial ownership interest and its impact on public stockholders and the availability of the Company’s common stock to the investing public; and the

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existence of certain anti-takeover provisions in our governance documents, which could make a tender offer, change in control or takeover attempt that is opposed by the Company’s Board of Directors more difficult or expensive. All of the foregoing risks and uncertainties are beyond our ability to control, and in many cases, we cannot predict the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Item 1.A.     Risk Factors

An investment in our common stock involves certain risks. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the following risks and all of the other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected by any of these risks. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks, and you may lose all or part of your investment. This Annual Report on Form 10-K also contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including the risks faced by us described below and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. You are cautioned that the risk factors discussed below are not exhaustive.

Risks Related to our Business, Brand, Industry and Operations

We face risks regarding our ability to maintain our competitive position in the pest control industry in the future.

We operate in a highly competitive industry. Our revenues and earnings are affected by changes in competitors’ prices and general economic issues. We compete with other large pest control companies, as well as numerous smaller pest control companies, for a finite number of customers. We believe that the principal competitive factors in the market areas that we serve are quality of service, customer proximity, terms of guarantees, reputation for safety, technical proficiency and price. Although we believe that our experience and reputation for safety and quality service are excellent, we cannot assure investors that we will be able to maintain our competitive position in the future and any competitive pressures we may face could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

We may not be able to identify, complete or successfully integrate acquisitions or guarantee that any acquisitions will achieve the anticipated financial benefits, all of which could have a negative impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

Acquisitions have been and may continue to be an important element of our business strategy. We cannot assure investors that we will be able to identify and acquire acceptable acquisition candidates on terms favorable to us in the future, or that any acquisitions will achieve the anticipated financial benefits. Our inability to achieve the anticipated financial benefits from any acquisition transactions may not be realized due to any number of factors, including, but not limited to, unsuccessful integration efforts, unexpected or underestimated liabilities or increased costs, fees, expenses and charges related to such transactions. Such adverse events could result in a decrease in the estimated fair value of goodwill or other intangible assets established as a result of such transactions, triggering an impairment. These and other factors could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

Expanding into international markets presents unique challenges, and our expansion efforts with respect to international operations may not be successful.

An element of our strategy includes further expansion into international markets. Our ability to successfully operate in international markets may be adversely affected by political, economic and social conditions beyond our control, local laws and customs, and legal and regulatory constraints, including compliance with applicable anti-corruption and currency laws and regulations of the countries or regions in which we currently operate or intend to operate in the future. Risks inherent in our existing and future international operations also include, among others, the costs and difficulties of managing international operations, difficulties in identifying and gaining access to local suppliers, suffering possible adverse tax consequences from changes in tax laws or the unfavorable resolution of tax assessments or audits, maintaining product quality and greater difficulty in enforcing intellectual property rights. Additionally, foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations could have an adverse effect on our financial results.

Our business depends on our strong brands and failing to maintain and enhance our brands and develop a positive client reputation could hurt our ability to retain and expand our base of customers.

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Our strong brands, Rollins, Orkin, HomeTeam, Clark Pest Control, Western, Northwest Exterminating, Trutech, Critter Control, IFC, Waltham, and others have significantly contributed to the success of our business.  Maintaining and enhancing our brands increases our ability to enter new markets and launch new and innovative services that better serve the needs of our customers.  Our brands may be negatively impacted by a number of factors, including, among others, reputational issues and product/technical failures.  Further, if our brands are significantly damaged, our business, results of operations, and financial condition could be materially adversely affected.  We continue to develop strategies and innovative tools to gain a deeper understanding of customer acquisition and retention in order to more effectively expand and retain our customer base. Maintaining and enhancing our brands will depend largely on our ability to remain a service leader and continue to provide high-quality pest control services that are truly beneficial and play a meaningful role in people’s lives.

Our franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors could take actions that could harm our business.

Our franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors are contractually obligated to operate their businesses in accordance with the standards set forth in our agreements with them and applicable laws and regulations. Each of our brands that are franchised also provides training and support to franchisees. However, franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors are independent third parties that we do not control, and who own, operate and oversee the daily operations of their businesses, and the ultimate success of any business operation rests with the business owner. If franchisees do not successfully operate their businesses in a manner consistent with required standards, royalty payments owed to us will be adversely affected and our brands’ image and reputation could be harmed. This could materially adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Similarly, if franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors do not successfully operate their businesses in a manner consistent with required laws, standards and regulations, we could be subject to claims from regulators or legal claims for the actions or omissions of such third-party franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors. In addition, our relationship with our franchisees, subcontractors, and vendors could become strained (including resulting in litigation) as we impose new standards or assert more rigorous enforcement practices of the existing required standards. These strains in our relationships or any resulting claims could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

From time to time, we receive communications from our franchisees regarding complaints, disputes or questions about our practices and standards in relation to our franchised operations and certain economic terms of our franchise arrangements. If franchisees or groups representing franchisees were to bring legal proceedings against us, our reputation, business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

Labor shortages and/or our ability to attract and retain skilled workers may impair growth potential and profitability.

Our ability to remain productive and profitable will depend substantially on our ability to attract and retain skilled workers, create leadership opportunities and successfully implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Our ability to expand our operations is in part impacted by our ability to increase our labor force. The demand for employees is high, and the supply is limited. COVID-19 has exacerbated labor shortages and the enforcement of COVID-19 mandates may result in additional labor shortages which could negatively affect our ability to efficiently operate at full capacity or lead to increased costs, such as increased overtime to meet demand and increased wage rates to attract and retain employees. A significant increase in the wages paid and benefits offered by competing employers could also result in a reduction in our labor force, increases in our labor costs, or both. Prolonged labor shortages, increased turnover or labor inflation could diminish our profitability and impair our growth potential which could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Climate change and unfavorable weather conditions could adversely impact our financial results.

Our operations are directly impacted by the weather conditions worldwide, including catastrophic events, natural disasters and potential impacts from climate change. Climate change continues to receive increasing global attention. The possible effects of climate change could include changes in rainfall patterns, water shortages, changing storm patterns and intensities, changing temperature levels and changes in legislation, regulation, and international accords, all of which could adversely impact our costs and business operations. The business of our Company is also affected by seasonality associated with our pest and termite control services. The increase in pest presence and activity, as well as the metamorphosis of termites in the spring and summer (the occurrence of which is determined by the timing of the change in seasons), has historically resulted in an increase in the revenue and income of our pest and termite control operations during such periods. The business of the Company is also affected by extreme weather such as drought which can greatly reduce the pest population for extended periods. Because of the uncertainty of weather volatility related to climate change and any

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resulting unfavorable weather conditions, we cannot predict its potential impact on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Risks Related to the Global Economy and Public Health Crises

Our business, results of operations and financial condition are impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the restrictions put in place in connection therewith.

We have responded and continue to respond to the global outbreak of COVID-19 by taking steps to mitigate the potential risks posed to us by its spread and the impact of the restrictions put in place by the local, state and federal governments to protect the population. We continue to execute our comprehensive set of protocols for the health and safety of our employees, customers, and business partners, such as wearing masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, social distancing and utilizing electronic documents, among others. However, due to the unprecedented uncertainty surrounding the duration of COVID-19, COVID-19 variants, rapidly changing governmental directives, public health challenges and progress, macroeconomic consequences, and market reactions thereto, we are not able at this time to predict the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition, and it continues to be challenging for our management to estimate the future performance of our business and develop strategies to generate growth or achieve our objectives for 2022 and beyond.

In September 2021, the federal government issued an executive order requiring United States based employees, contractors, and subcontractors that work on or in support of United States government contracts, to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, and it only permits limited exceptions for medical and religious reasons (the “COVID-19 Executive Order”). On December 7, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary nationwide injunction enjoining the enforcement of the COVID-19 Executive Order.  The government appealed the order to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and briefing is due to the Eleventh Circuit by April 4, 2022.

As a result of the COVID-19 Executive Order, we may be forced to terminate relationships with various United States government agencies we provide services to. Furthermore, certain customers have issued vaccine requirements with respect to our technicians who provide on-site services at our commercial customer’s facilities. The COVID-19 Executive Order along with any customer-specific mandates or rules could result in labor shortages as well as difficulty securing future labor needs, which could impact our ability to provide services to our customers, potentially resulting in material adverse impacts to our reputation, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Adverse economic conditions, including inflation and restrictions in customer discretionary expenditures, disruptions in credit or financial markets, increases in fuel prices, raw material costs, or other operating costs could materially adversely affect our business.

Economic downturns may adversely affect our commercial customers, including food service, hospitality and food processing industries whose business levels are particularly sensitive to adverse economies. For example, we may lose commercial customers and related revenues because of consolidation or cessation of commercial businesses or because these businesses switch to a lower cost provider.  Pest and termite services represent discretionary expenditures to many of our residential customers. If consumers restrict their discretionary expenditures, due to inflation or other economic hardships, we may suffer a decline in revenues from our residential service lines. Disruptions in credit or financial markets could make it more difficult for us to obtain, or increase the cost of obtaining, financing in the future. In addition, there can be no assurances that fuel prices, raw material costs, or other operating costs, all of which may be subject to inflationary pressures, will not materially increase in future years and we cannot predict the extent to which any such future increases could materially adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

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Risks Related to Cybersecurity, Privacy Compliance and Business Disruptions

The Company, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, third-party business partners and service providers have been subject to cybersecurity incidents in the past and could be the targets of future attacks which could result in the disruption to the Company’s business operations, economic and reputational damage, and possible fines, penalties and private litigation, if there is unauthorized access to or unintentional distribution of personal, financial, proprietary, confidential, or other protected data or information the Company is entrusted to keep about its customers, employees, business practices, or third parties.

Our internal information technology (“IT”) systems contain certain personal, financial, health, or other protected and confidential information that is entrusted to us by our customers and employees.  Our IT systems also contain the Company’s and its wholly-owned subsidiaries’ proprietary and other confidential information related to our business, such as business plans, customer lists and product and service development initiatives. From time to time, we have integration with new IT systems due to organic growth and acquisitions. In addition, we grant third-party business partners and service providers access to confidential information in order to facilitate business operations and administer employee benefits.  Employees, third-party business partners, and service providers can knowingly or unknowingly disseminate such information or serve as an entry point for bad actors to access such information. For example, in October 2021, one of our third-party information technology Managed Service Providers (“MSP”) was the target of a cybersecurity incident (the “Incident”) resulting in the shutdown of our third-party Customer Relationship Management software used by certain subsidiaries whose aggregate annual revenues comprise less than 11% of our total revenues. There was no known material day-to-day impact to our ability to provide normal service to customers and there was no known indication that the information of our customers or employees was compromised as a result of the Incident. The Incident did not have a material adverse effect on our business, reputation, results of operation or financial condition; however, we may continue to be the target of further cybersecurity incidents that could possibly have a material adverse effect on our business, reputation, results of operation or financial condition. We are also subject to risks associated with attacks involving our supply chain, such as the vulnerabilities of IT infrastructure management software provided by SolarWinds Corporation. During 2021, we have observed an increase in ransomware attacks in our supply chain. In December 2021, a vulnerability named “Log4Shell” was reported for the widely used Java logging library, ApacheLog4j2. We have reviewed the use of this library within our software product portfolio and in our IT environment and have taken steps to mitigate the vulnerability; however, there can be no assurances that other similar vulnerabilities or cybersecurity incidents may not occur in the future or may not have a material adverse effect on our business, reputation, results of operation or financial condition.

Our privacy compliance and digital risk management initiatives focus on the threats and risks to enterprise information and the underlying IT systems processing such information as part of the implementation of business processes.  The Company also relies on, among other things, commercially available vendors, cybersecurity protection systems, software, tools and monitoring to provide security for processing, transmission and storage of protected information and data. The systems currently used for transmission and approval of payment card transactions, and the technology utilized in payment cards themselves, all of which can put payment card data at risk, meet standards set by the payment card industry (“PCI”). We have also implemented policies and procedures, internal training, system controls, and monitoring and audit processes to protect the Company from internal and external vulnerabilities and to comply with consumer privacy laws in the areas in which we operate.  Further, the Company limits retention of certain data, encrypts certain data and otherwise protects information to comply with consumer privacy laws in the areas in which we operate.

We continue to evaluate and modify our systems and protocols for data security compliance purposes, and such standards may change from time to time. We monitor certain third-party business partners and service providers for compliance and vulnerabilities.  Activities by bad actors, changes in computer and software capabilities and encryption technology, new tools and discoveries, cloud applications, changes in multi-jurisdictional regulations, and other events or developments may result in a compromise or breach of our systems. Any compromises, breaches, application errors or human mistakes related to our systems or failures to comply with applicable standards could not only disrupt our financial operations, including our customers’ ability to pay for our services and products by credit card or their willingness to purchase our services and products, but could also result in violations of applicable laws, regulations, orders, industry standards or agreements and subject us to costs, penalties and liabilities which could have a material adverse impact on our reputation, business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. A breach of data security or failure to comply with rigorous multi-jurisdictional consumer privacy requirements could expose us to customer litigation, regulatory actions and costs related to the reporting and handling of such a violation or breach. Furthermore, while we maintain cybersecurity insurance, our insurance may not cover all

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liabilities incurred due to a security breach or incident and this could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Risks Related to Certain Intellectual Property Rights

Our brand recognition could be impacted if we are not able to adequately protect our intellectual property and other proprietary rights that are material to our business.

Our ability to compete effectively depends in part on our rights to service marks, trademarks, trade names and other intellectual property rights we own or license, particularly our registered brand names and service marks, Orkin®, Orkin Canada®, HomeTeam Pest Defense®, TAEXX®, Clark Pest Control®, Western Pest Services®, Northwest Exterminating®, Critter Control®, IFC®, Trutech®, Waltham Pest Services®, OPC Services®, Perma Treat Pest and Termite Control®, Crane Pest Control®, Murray Pest Control®, Allpest®, Statewide Pest Control®, Safeguard the Pest Control People®, Aardwolf Pestkare®, Adams Pest Control™, McCall® and others. Although we have sought to register or protect many of our marks either in the United States or in the countries in which they are or may be used, we have not sought to protect our marks in every country. Furthermore, because of the differences in foreign trademark, patent and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws, we may not receive the same protection in other countries as we would in the United States. If we are unable to protect our proprietary information and brand names, we could suffer a material adverse effect to our reputation, business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Litigation may be necessary to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our proprietary information, or to defend against claims by third parties that our products, services or activities infringe their intellectual property rights.

Risks Related to Legal, Regulatory and Risk Management Matters

We are from time to time subject to lawsuits, investigations and other proceedings which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, and our operations may be adversely affected if we fail to comply with applicable law or other governmental regulations, including environmental and other regulations relating to the pest control industry.

In the normal course of business, we are involved in various claims, contractual disputes, investigations, arbitrations and litigation, including claims that our acts, omissions, services or vehicles caused damage or injury, claims that our services did not achieve the desired results, claims related to acquisitions, allegations by federal, state or local authorities, including the SEC, of violations of regulations or statutes, claims related to wage and hour law violations and claims related to environmental matters.  These claims, proceedings or litigation, either alone or in the aggregate, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Additionally, our business is significantly affected by and subject to regulation by various federal, state, provincial, regional and local governments in the countries in which we operate, including, but not limited to, environmental laws, antitrust laws, consumer protection laws, employment laws, including wage and hour laws, payroll taxes and anti-discrimination laws, immigration, human health and safety laws and other regulations relating to the pest control industry.

We are unable to predict whether such laws will, in the future, materially affect our operations and financial condition or whether any changes will require us to incur substantial increases in costs in order to comply with such changes. Penalties for noncompliance with these laws may include investigations, criminal sanctions or civil remedies, including, but not limited to, cancellation of licenses, fines, and other corrective actions, which could negatively affect our reputation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

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The ongoing SEC investigation and any potential related litigation entail risks and uncertainties.

As we previously disclosed, the SEC is conducting an investigation (the “SEC Investigation”).  We believe the SEC Investigation is primarily focused on how the Company established accruals and reserves at period-ends for periods beginning January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 and the impact of those accruals and reserves on reported earnings per share, specifically, in the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2017.  The Company is in ongoing discussions with the SEC staff regarding a potential resolution of the SEC Investigation.  In light of the foregoing, in accordance with the accounting guidance in ASC 450, “Contingencies,” the Company recorded an accrual for $8.0 million related to the SEC Investigation in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, which is reflected in other current liabilities in our consolidated statements of financial position.  The ultimate amount of any liability related to the potential resolution of the SEC Investigation could be different from the $8.0 million accrued as of December 31, 2021.  The Company will continue to cooperate with the SEC in working towards a final resolution of the SEC Investigation.  As we previously reported during the third quarter of 2021, the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors initiated a related, supplemental internal investigation. This supplemental investigation was concluded in the fourth quarter of 2021.  The Company believes that no restatement of its prior period financial statements will be required as a result of the SEC Investigation or matters related thereto.

There can be no assurance that the SEC or another regulatory body will not make further regulatory inquiries or pursue action against the Company and its directors or senior officers that could result in potentially significant sanctions and penalties, or that could require the Company to take additional remedial steps, which could include revising or restating portions of our historical net income and earnings per share for the impacted quarterly periods.  Potential sanctions against the Company and/or individuals include penalties, injunctions, and cease-and-desist orders. In addition, the Company and its current or former senior officers and directors may be subject to litigation, including by the Company’s stockholders, related to the matters under review by the SEC.  Accordingly, the SEC investigation and any potential related litigation in connection with the SEC Investigation entail risks and uncertainties the outcome of which could materially adversely affect our reputation, results of operations, financial position and liquidity, and stock price.

Our insurance coverage may be inadequate to cover all significant risk exposures.

We are exposed to liabilities that are unique to our business and the services we provide. We maintain commercial liability insurance that extends to products liability. In addition, we also maintain other insurance and other traditional risk transfer tools to respond to certain types of liabilities and risks.  However, such tools are subject to terms such as deductibles, retentions, limits and policy exclusions, as well as risk of denial of coverage, default or insolvency. If we suffer unexpected or uncovered losses, or if any of our insurance policies are terminated for any reason or are not effective in mitigating our risks, we may incur losses that are not covered or that exceed our coverage limits which could adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows. In addition, there can be no assurance that the types or levels of coverage maintained are adequate to cover these potential significant and catastrophic risks. Further, we may not be able to continue to maintain our existing insurance coverage or obtain comparable or additional insurance coverage at a reasonable cost in the event a significant product or service claim arises.

Our safety and risk management programs may not have the intended effect of reducing our liability for employee-work related injuries, third party-liability claims or property loss.

Our safety management system and performance measures are critical to our reputation. Many of our customers require that we meet certain safety criteria to be eligible to provide service and bid for contracts, and many contracts provide for automatic termination or forfeiture of some or all of our contract fees or profit in the event we fail to meet certain measures. Accordingly, if we fail to maintain adequate safety standards, we could experience reduced profitability or the loss of projects or clients, which could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition and results of operations.

We attempt to mitigate risks relating to employee work-related injuries, third-party liability, or property loss through the implementation of company-wide safety management programs designed to focus on prevention and decrease the occurrence of accidents or events that may occur. It is expected that any such decreases could also have the effect of stabilizing or reducing our insurance costs. However, incidents involving injury or property loss may be caused by multiple potential factors, a significant number of which are beyond our control. Therefore, there is no guarantee that our safety and risk management and safety programs will have the desired effect of avoiding or controlling all potential expenses and liability exposure.

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Risks Related to our Capital and Ownership Structure

The Company’s management has a substantial ownership interest; public stockholders may have no effective voice in the Company’s management.

The Company has elected the “Controlled Company” exemption under Section 303A of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Listed Company Manual. The Company is a “Controlled Company” because a group that includes the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Gary W. Rollins, and certain companies under his control (the “Controlling Group”), controls in excess of fifty percent of the Company’s voting power. As a “Controlled Company,” the Company need not comply with certain NYSE rules, including, without limitation, the requirements that the Company have a majority of independent directors, and an independent compensation and nominating committee of the Board.

Rollins, Inc.’s executive officers, directors and their affiliates hold directly, or through indirect beneficial ownership, in the aggregate, approximately 53 percent of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock as of December 31, 2021. As a result, these persons will effectively control the operations of the Company, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions such as acquisitions and approval of matters requiring stockholder approval. This concentration of ownership could also have the effect of delaying or preventing a third party from acquiring control of the Company at a premium.

Our management has a substantial ownership interest, and the availability of the Company’s common stock to the investing public may be limited.

The availability of Rollins’ common stock to the investing public is limited to those shares not held by the executive officers, directors and their affiliates, which could negatively impact Rollins’ stock trading prices and affect the ability of minority stockholders to sell their shares. Future sales by executive officers, directors and their affiliates of all or a portion of their shares could also negatively affect the trading price of our common stock.

The Controlling Group could take various actions or engage in certain transactions that could negatively impact our common stock price, cause volatility in the market for our common stock or have a material adverse impact on our results of operations and our financial condition.

The Controlling Group may from time to time and at any time, in their sole discretion, acquire or cause to be acquired, additional equity or other instruments of the Company, its subsidiaries or affiliates, or derivative instruments the value of which is linked to Company securities, or dispose or cause to be disposed, such equity or other securities or instruments, in any amount that the Controlling Group may determine in their sole discretion, through open market transactions, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. In addition, depending upon a variety of factors, the Controlling Group may at any time engage in discussions with the Company and its affiliates, and other persons, including retained outside advisers, concerning the Company’s business, management, strategic alternatives and direction, and in their sole discretion, consider, formulate and implement various plans or proposals intended to enhance the value of their investment in the Company, including, among other things, proposing or effecting any matter that would constitute or result in: (i) the acquisition by any person of additional securities of the Company or the disposition of securities of the Company, in addition to the possible normal course dissolution of additional entities for estate or tax planning purposes; (ii) an extraordinary corporate transaction, such as a merger, reorganization or liquidation, involving the Company or any subsidiary thereof; (iii) a sale or transfer of a material amount of assets of the Company or any subsidiary thereof; (iv) a change in the present board of directors or management of the Company, including any plans or proposals to change the number or term of directors or to fill any existing vacancies on the board; (v) a material change in the present capitalization or dividend policy of the Company; (vi)  other material changes in the Company’s business or corporate structure; (vii) changes in the Company’s charter, bylaws, or instruments corresponding thereto, or other actions which may impede the acquisition of control of the Company by any person; (viii) causing a class of securities of the Company to be delisted from a national securities exchange or to cease to be authorized to be quoted in an inter-dealer quotation system of a registered national securities association; or (ix) a class of equity securities of the Company becoming eligible for termination of registration pursuant to Section 12(g)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In the event the Controlling Group were to engage in any of the actions enumerated above, our common stock price could be negatively impacted, such actions could cause volatility in the market for our common stock or could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and our financial condition.

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Certain provisions in Rollins, Inc.’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws may inhibit a takeover of the Company.

Rollins, Inc.’s certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other documents contain provisions including advance notice requirements for stockholder proposals and staggered terms for the Board of Directors. These provisions may make a tender offer, change in control or takeover attempt that is opposed by the Company’s Board of Directors more difficult or expensive.

Item 1.B.     Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

Item 2.     Properties.

The Company’s administrative headquarters are owned by the Company, and are located at 2170 Piedmont Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30324. The Company owns or leases over 600 branch offices and operating facilities used in its business as well as the Rollins Training Center located in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Pacific Division Administration and Training Center in Riverside, California. None of the branch offices, individually considered, represents a materially important physical property of the Company. The facilities are suitable and adequate to meet the current and reasonably anticipated future needs of the Company.

Item 3.     Legal Proceedings.

In the normal course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries are involved in, and will continue to be involved in, various claims, arbitrations, contractual disputes, investigations, and regulatory and litigation matters relating to, and arising out of, our businesses and our operations. These matters may involve, but are not limited to, allegations that our services or vehicles caused damage or injury, claims that our services did not achieve the desired results, claims related to acquisitions and allegations by federal, state or local authorities of violations of regulations or statutes. In addition, we are parties to employment-related cases and claims from time to time, which may include claims on a representative or class action basis alleging wage and hour law violations. We are also involved from time to time in certain environmental matters primarily arising in the normal course of business. We evaluate pending and threatened claims and establish loss contingency reserves based upon outcomes we currently believe to be probable and reasonably estimable.

As we previously disclosed, the SEC is conducting an investigation (the “SEC Investigation”).  We believe the SEC Investigation is primarily focused on how the Company established accruals and reserves at period-ends for periods beginning January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 and the impact of those accruals and reserves on reported earnings per share, specifically, in the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2017.  The Company is in ongoing discussions with the SEC staff regarding a potential resolution of the SEC Investigation.  In light of the foregoing, in accordance with the accounting guidance in ASC 450, “Contingencies,” the Company recorded an accrual for $8.0 million related to the SEC Investigation in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, which is reflected in other current liabilities in our consolidated statements of financial position.  The ultimate amount of any liability related to the potential resolution of the SEC Investigation could be different from the $8.0 million accrued as of December 31, 2021.  The Company will continue to cooperate with the SEC in working towards a final resolution of the SEC Investigation.  As we previously reported during the third quarter of 2021, the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors initiated a related, supplemental internal investigation. This supplemental investigation was concluded in the fourth quarter of 2021.   The Company believes that no restatement of its prior period financial statements will be required as a result of the SEC Investigation or matters related thereto.  See “Item 1A. Risk Factors-- Risks Related to Legal, Regulatory and Risk Management Matters -- The ongoing SEC investigation and any potential related litigation entail risks and uncertainties.”

Management does not believe that any pending claim, proceeding or litigation, regulatory action or investigation, either alone or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or liquidity; however, it is possible that an unfavorable outcome of some or all of the matters could result in a charge that might be material to the results of an individual quarter or year.

Item 4.     Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

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PART II

Item 5.     Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

The common stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded on the Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston Exchanges under the symbol ROL.

As of January 31, 2022, there were 7,747 holders of record of the Company’s common stock. However, a large number of our shareholders hold their shares in “street name” in brokerage accounts and, therefore, do not appear on the shareholder list maintained by our transfer agent.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

During the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company did not repurchase shares on the open market. In total, there remains 11.4 million additional shares authorized to be repurchased under prior Board approval. The repurchase program does not have an expiration date.

Total number of 

Weighted-

shares purchased as 

Maximum number of 

Total number of

average 

part of publicly 

shares that may yet be 

 shares 

price paid 

announced 

purchased under the 

Period

    

purchased (1)

    

per share

    

repurchases (2)

    

repurchase plan (2)

October 1 to 31, 2021

$

11,415,625

November 1 to 30, 2021

2,429

39.34

11,415,625

December 1 to 31, 2021

11,415,625

Total

2,429

$

39.34

11,415,625

(1)Includes repurchases from employees for the payment of taxes on vesting of restricted shares.
(2)In 2012, the Company’s Board authorized a share repurchase plan to repurchase up to 5.0 million shares of the Company’s common stock. The split-adjusted authorized shares under the share repurchase plan are 16.9 million shares.

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PERFORMANCE GRAPH

The following graph sets forth a five-year comparison of the cumulative total stockholder return based on the performance of the stock of the Company as compared with both a broad equity market index and an industry index. The indices included in the following graph are the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Commercial Services Index.

Graphic

COMPARISON OF FIVE YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*

    

2016

    

2017

    

2018

    

2019

    

2020

    

2021

Rollins Inc.

 

100.00

 

137.74

160.30

147.25

260.24

227.86

S&P500

 

100.00

 

119.42

 

111.97

 

144.31

 

167.77

 

212.89

S&P 500 Commercial Services & Supplies

 

100.00

 

118.67

117.37

162.24

193.66

252.11

ASSUMES INITIAL INVESTMENT OF $100

*TOTAL RETURN ASSUMES REINVESTMENT OF DIVIDENDS

NOTE: TOTAL RETURNS BASED ON MARKET CAPITALIZATION

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Item 6. [Reserved]

Item 7.     Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Presentation

This discussion should be read in conjunction with our audited financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this document. Discussions of 2019 items and year-to-year comparisons of 2020 and 2019 that are not included in this Form 10-K can be found in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Part II, Item 7 on our Annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. The following discussion (as well as other discussions in this document) contains forward-looking statements. Please see “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” for a discussion of uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements.

The Company

Rollins, Inc. (“Rollins,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”), is an international services company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia that provides pest and termite control services to both residential and commercial customers through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and independent franchises in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia with international franchises in Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Our pest and termite control services are performed pursuant to terms of contracts that specify the pricing arrangement with the customer. The Company operates as one reportable segment and the results of operations and its financial condition are not reliant upon any single customer.

General Operating Comments

2021 marked the Company’s 24th consecutive year of increased revenues. Revenues for the year rose 12.2% percent to $2.4 billion compared to $2.2 billion for the prior year. Income before income taxes increased 33.9% to $474.8 million compared to $354.7 million the prior year. Net income increased 34.5% to $350.7 million, with earnings per diluted share of $0.71 compared to $260.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted share for the prior year. The Company has continued to increase dividends to investors with $0.42 per diluted share paid in 2021 as compared to $0.33 per diluted share for the prior year, resulting in a 27% increase in dividends per share. In 2020, the dividend was reduced due to the uncertainty surrounding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (“COVID-19”) to our business.

Cybersecurity Incident

In October 2021, a third-party information technology Managed Service Provider (“MSP”) of the Company was the target of a cybersecurity incident (the “Incident”) resulting in the shutdown of the Company’s third-party Customer Relationship Management software used by certain of our subsidiaries whose aggregate annual revenues comprise less than 11% of our total revenues. Upon notice of the Incident from the MSP, the Company immediately initiated its incident response protocols. There was no known material day-to-day impact to our ability to provide normal service to customers and there was no known indication that the information of our customers or employees was compromised as a result of the Incident. The Incident did not have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operation or financial condition; however, we may continue to be the target of further cybersecurity incidents that could possibly have a material adverse effect on our business, reputation, results of operation or financial condition. More information about our cybersecurity risks is discussed under Item 1A., “Risk Factors,” of Part I of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

COVID-19

The global spread and unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (“COVID-19”) continues to create significant volatility, uncertainty and economic disruption around the world. In 2020, the pest control industry was designated as “essential” by the Department of Homeland Security. The Company has been able to remain operational in every part of the world in which it operates. With the availability of vaccinations, many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted; however, public hesitancy regarding the vaccinations and the continued spread of COVID-19, may result in additional restrictions and mandates being imposed. The situation related to COVID-19 continues to be complex and dynamic. We cannot reasonably estimate the duration of the pandemic or fully ascertain its impact to

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our future results. We will continue to actively monitor the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19 and may take actions that may alter our operations, including those that may be required by federal, state, or local authorities, or that we determine are in the best interests of our employees, customers and communities. We do not know when, or if, it will become practical to relax or eliminate some or all of these measures entirely as there is no guarantee that COVID-19 will be fully contained.

The Company’s consolidated financial statements reflect estimates and assumptions made by management that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and related disclosures as of the date of the consolidated financial statements. The Company considered the impact of COVID-19 on the assumptions and estimates used in preparing the consolidated financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial results for the year have been made. These adjustments are of a normal recurring nature but complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the global economic impact of COVID-19. The results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of results for future years. The severity, magnitude and duration, as well as the economic consequences of COVID-19, are uncertain, rapidly changing and difficult to predict. Therefore, our accounting estimates and assumptions may change over time in response to COVID-19 and may change materially in future periods.

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Results of Operations—2021 Versus 2020

    

    

Years ended December 31,

Variance

As a % of Revenue

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

2020

    

$

%

2021

    

2020

REVENUES

Customer services

$

2,424,300

$

2,161,220

 

263,080

12.2

100.0

 

100.0

COSTS AND EXPENSES

 

Cost of services provided (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

 

1,162,617

 

1,048,592

 

114,025

10.9

48.0

 

48.5

Sales, general and administrative

 

727,489

 

656,207

 

71,282

10.9

30.0

 

30.4

Depreciation and amortization

 

94,205

 

88,329

 

5,876

6.7

3.9

 

4.1

Total operating expenses

 

1,984,311

 

1,793,128

 

191,183

10.7

81.9

 

83.0

OPERATING INCOME

 

439,989

 

368,092

 

71,897

19.5

18.1

 

17.0

Interest expense, net

830

 

5,082

(4,252)

NM

0.0

 

0.2

Other (income) expense, net

(35,679)

8,290

(43,969)

NM

1.5

 

0.4

CONSOLIDATED INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

474,838

354,720

120,118

33.9

19.6

16.4

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

 

124,151

 

93,896

 

30,255

32.2

5.1

 

4.3

NET INCOME

$

350,687

$

260,824

 

89,863

34.5

14.5

 

12.1

Revenues

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $2.4 billion, an increase of $263.1 million, or 12.2%, from 2020 revenues of $2.2 billion. Comparing 2021 to 2020, residential pest control revenue increased 13%, commercial pest control revenue increased 10% and termite and ancillary services grew 14%. The Company’s revenue mix for the year ended December 31, 2021 consisted primarily of 46% residential pest control, 34% commercial pest control and 20% termite and ancillary revenues (such as moisture control, insulation, deck and gutter work). The Company’s foreign operations accounted for approximately 8% and 7% of total revenues for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Cost of Services Provided

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, cost of services provided increased $114.0 million, or 10.9%, compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The increase was driven by increased people costs and materials and supplies due to the increase in revenues. Additionally, fleet costs increased mainly driven by an increase in fuel costs.

Sales, General and Administrative

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased $71.3 million, or 10.9%, compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The increases were driven by increased people costs mostly due to sales personnel, directly related to our increase in revenues. Additionally, SG&A increased due to the accrual related to the potential settlement of the ongoing SEC matter of $8.0 million, increased advertising costs and the charitable donation of certain excess personal protection equipment.

Depreciation and Amortization

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, depreciation and amortization increased $5.9 million, or 6.7%, compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. The increase was due to the additional amortization of customer contracts from several acquisitions.

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Other (Income) Expense

During the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, other income increased $44.0 million primarily due to the Company recognizing a gain of $35.7 million compared to a loss of $1.6 million in the prior year. The current year gain is primarily related to multiple sale-leaseback transactions where the Company sold and leased back properties that it acquired in 2019 with the Clark Pest Control acquisition. Additionally, 2020 included $6.7 million of accelerated stock compensation vesting expense that did not occur in 2021.

Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 was $0.8 million and $5.1 million respectively. The decrease was primarily driven by the lower average debt balance in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.

Income Taxes

The Company’s effective tax rate decreased to 26.1% in 2021 compared to 26.5% in 2020. The rate is lower in the current year due to a net increase in beneficial deductions, driven by an increase in the portion of officer’s compensation deductions that were allowable.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and Cash Flow

Cash from operating activities is the principal source of cash generation for our businesses.

The most significant source of cash in our cash flow from operations is customer-related activities, the largest of which is collecting cash resulting from services sold. The most significant operating use of cash is to pay our suppliers, employees, tax authorities and others for a wide range of material and services.

The Company’s cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2021, and 2020 were $105.3 million and $98.5 million, respectively.

    

Years ended December 31,

Variance

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

2020

    

$

%

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

401,805

$

435,785

(33,980)

(7.8)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(98,965)

 

(162,395)

63,430

(39.1)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(290,159)

 

(281,273)

(8,886)

3.2

Effect of exchange rate on cash

 

(5,857)

 

12,084

(17,941)

NM

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

$

6,824

$

4,201

Cash Provided by Operating Activities

The Company’s operations generated cash of $401.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 primarily from net income of $350.7 million, compared with cash provided by operating activities of $435.8 million in 2020. During 2021, the Company paid the employer-only payroll taxes that were deferred under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act) which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act tax deferrals in 2020 and payments in 2021 are the primary drivers for the decline in net cash from operating activities in 2021. The Company believes its current cash and cash equivalents balances, future cash flows expected to be generated from operating activities, and available borrowings under its $175 million revolving credit facility and $250 million term loan facility, (which was amended in January 2022 to $300 million) will be sufficient to finance its current operations and obligations, and fund expansion of the business for the foreseeable future.

Cash Used in Investing Activities

The Company used $99.0 million in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2021 and used $162.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The Company invested approximately $27.2 million in capital expenditures during 2021 compared to $23.2 million during 2020. Capital expenditures for the year consisted primarily of property purchases, equipment replacements and technology-related projects. The Company expects to invest between $25.0 million and $35.0 million in 2022 in capital expenditures.  

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Cash paid for acquisitions totaled $146.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 as compared to $147.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The expenditures for the Company’s acquisitions were funded through existing cash balances, borrowings on our line of credit, a term loan, and other operating cash flows. The Company continues to seek new acquisitions. To offset the use of cash we had approximately $74.4 million related to the sale of assets for the year ended December 31, 2021, mostly related to the Clark Pest property sale leasebacks, as compared to $7.7 million of asset sales for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Cash Used in or Provided by Financing Activities

The Company used $290.2 million in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2021 and $281.3 million in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2020. The Company repaid $48.0 million of its outstanding debt balance throughout 2021, net of borrowings, compared to $88.5 million during 2020, net of borrowings. A total of $208.7 million was paid in cash dividends ($0.42 per share) during the year ended December 31, 2021 including a special dividend paid in December 2021 of $0.08 per share, compared to $160.5 million in cash dividends paid ($0.33 per share) during the year ended December 31, 2020, including a special dividend paid in December 2020 of $0.09 per share. In 2020, the dividend was reduced due to the uncertainty surrounding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (“COVID-19”) to our business.

In 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the purchase of up to 5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. After adjustments for stock splits, the total authorized shares under the share repurchase plan are 16.9 million shares. The Company did not purchase shares on the open market during the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019. There remain 11.4 million shares authorized to be repurchased under prior Board approval. The Company repurchased $10.7 million, $8.3 million, and $10.0 million of common stock for the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively, from employees for the payment of taxes on vesting restricted shares.

The Company’s $105.3 million of total cash at December 31, 2021 is primarily cash held at various banking institutions. Approximately $78.1 million is held in cash accounts at international bank institutions and the remaining $27.2 million is primarily held in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insured non-interest-bearing accounts at various domestic banks which at times may exceed federally insured amounts.

The Company’s international business is expanding, and we intend to continue to grow the business in foreign markets in the future through reinvestment of foreign deposits and future earnings as well as acquisitions of unrelated companies. Repatriation of cash from the Company’s international subsidiaries is not a part of the Company’s current business plan.

Rollins maintains adequate liquidity and capital resources, without regard to its foreign deposits, that are directed to finance domestic operations and obligations and to fund expansion of its domestic business. In order to comply with applicable debt covenants, the Company is required to maintain at all times a leverage ratio of not greater than 3.00:1.00. The leverage ratio is calculated as of the last day of the fiscal quarter most recently ended. The Company remained in compliance with applicable debt covenants at December 31, 2021 and expects to maintain compliance throughout 2022.

For Information regarding our Revolving Credit Agreement see Note 4 – Debt of the Notes to Financial Statements (Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K).

Litigation

For discussion on the Company’s legal contingencies, see Note 13 – Commitments and Contingencies to the accompanying financial statements, and Part I, Item 3, Legal Proceedings.

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Contractual Obligations and Contingent Liabilities and Commitments

The impact that the Company’s contractual obligations as of December 31, 2021 are expected to have on our liquidity and cash flow in future periods is as follows:

Payments due by period

Less than

More than

Contractual obligations (in thousands)

Total

 1 year

2-3 years

4-5 years

 5 years

Term loan1

 

$

300,000

 

$

15,000

 

$

285,000

 

$

 

$

Acquisition holdbacks and earnouts

 

25,156

 

23,614

 

1,542

 

 

Non-cancelable operating leases

 

277,384

 

82,959

 

102,806

 

37,595

 

54,024

Unrecognized tax positions2

 

1,248

 

 

1,248

 

 

Total

$

603,788

$

121,573

$

390,596

$

37,595

$

54,024

1.These amounts represent expected payments under the January 27, 2022 amended Credit Agreement as detailed in Note 4 to the financial statements.
2.These amounts represent expected payments with interest for unrecognized tax benefits as of December 31, 2021.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The Company views critical accounting estimates to be those that are very important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations, and that require management’s most difficult, complex or subjective judgments. The circumstances that make these judgments difficult or complex relate to the need for management to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. We believe our critical accounting estimate to be as follows:

Accrued Insurance—The Company retains, up to specified limits, certain risks related to general liability, workers’ compensation and auto liability. Risks are managed through either high deductible insurance or, for Clark Pest Control only, a non-affiliated group captive insurance member arrangement. The estimated costs of existing and future claims under the retained loss program are accrued based upon historical trends as incidents occur, whether reported or unreported (although actual settlement of the claims may not be made until future periods) and may be subsequently revised based on developments relating to such claims. The group captive is subject to a third-party actuary retained by the captive manager, independent from the Company.  For the high deductible insurance program, the Company contracts with an independent third-party actuary on a semi-annual basis to provide the Company an estimated liability based upon historical claims information. The actuarial study is a major consideration in establishing the reserve, along with management’s knowledge of changes in business practice and existing claims compared to current balances. Management’s judgment is inherently subjective as a number of factors are outside management’s knowledge and control. Additionally, historical information is not always an accurate indication of future events. The Company continues to be proactive in safety and risk management to develop and maintain ongoing programs to reduce and prevent incidents and claims. Initiatives that have been implemented include required pre-employment screening and ongoing motor vehicle record review for all drivers, post-offer physicals for new employees, pre-hire, random and post incident drug testing, driver training and post-injury nurse triage for work-related injuries. The accruals and reserves we hold are based on estimates that involve a degree of judgment and are inherently variable and could be overestimated or insufficient. If actual claims exceed our estimates, our operating results could be materially affected, and our ability to take timely corrective actions to limit future costs may be limited.

Recent Accounting Guidance and Other Policies and Estimates

See Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies of the Notes to Financial Statements (Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K) for further discussion.

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Item 7A.     Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Market Risk

The Company maintained an investment portfolio (included in cash and cash equivalents) subject to short-term interest rate risk exposure. The Company is subject to interest rate risk exposure through borrowings on its $175.0 million revolving credit facility and amended $300.0 million term loan facility that was amended effective January 27, 2022. As of December 31, 2021, the revolving commitment had outstanding borrowings of $107.0 million and the term loan had outstanding borrowings of $48.0 million. Additionally, the Company maintained $37.2 million in Letters of Credit. See Note 4 to the accompanying financial statements for further details regarding debt. These letters of credit are required by the Company’s fronting insurance companies and/or certain states, due to the Company’s self-insured status, to secure various workers’ compensation and casualty insurance contracts coverage. The Company believes that it has adequate liquid assets, funding sources and insurance accruals to accommodate such claims. The Company is also exposed to market risks arising from changes in foreign exchange rates. The Company believes that this foreign exchange rate risk will not have a material impact upon the Company’s results of operations going forward. For a discussion of the Company’s activities to manage risks relative to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, see Note 11 to the accompanying financial statements.

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Item 8.     Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

To the Stockholders of Rollins, Inc.:

The management of Rollins, Inc. and subsidiaries is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company. Rollins, Inc. maintains a system of internal accounting controls designed to provide reasonable assurance, at a reasonable cost, that assets are safeguarded against loss or unauthorized use and that the financial records are adequate and can be relied upon to produce financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The internal control system is augmented by written policies and procedures, an internal audit program and the selection and training of qualified personnel. This system includes policies that require adherence to ethical business standards and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial and accounting officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of internal controls over financial reporting, as of December 31, 2021 based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this evaluation, management’s assessment is that Rollins, Inc. maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021.

The independent registered public accounting firm, Grant Thornton LLP has audited the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2021, and has also issued their report on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, included in this report on page 27.

/s/ Gary W. Rollins

    

/s/ Julie Bimmerman

Gary W. Rollins

 

Julie Bimmerman

 

 

 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Principal Executive Officer

 

Principal Financial and Accounting Officer

Atlanta, Georgia

February 25, 2022

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GRANT THORNTON LLP
1100 Peachtree St.NE, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30309

D +1 404 330 2000
F +1 404 330 2047

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

Board of Directors and Stockholders
Rollins, Inc.

Opinion on internal control over financial reporting

We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Rollins, Inc. (a Delaware corporation) and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”). In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of and for the year ended December 31, 2021, and our report dated February 25, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements.

Basis for opinion

The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

GT.COM

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and each of its member firms are separate legal entities and are not a worldwide partnership.

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Definition and limitations of internal control over financial reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Atlanta, Georgia
February 25, 2022

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GRANT THORNTON LLP
1100 Peachtree St.NE, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30309

D +1 404 330 2000
F +1 404 330 2047

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM ON CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SCHEDULE

Board of Directors and Stockholders
Rollins, Inc.

Opinion on the financial statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial position of Rollins, Inc. (a Delaware corporation) and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive earnings, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2021, and the related notes and financial statement schedule included under Item 15 (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2021, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”), and our report dated February 25, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion.

Basis for opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

GT.COM

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and each of its member firms are separate legal entities and are not a worldwide partnership.

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Critical audit matter

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

Accrued Insurance – workers’ compensation and vehicle liability

As described further in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company retains, up to certain policy-specified limits, certain risks related to workers’ compensation and vehicle liability. The estimated costs of existing and future claims under the retained loss programs are accrued based upon historical trends as incidents occur, whether reported or unreported (although actual settlement of the claims may not be made until future periods) and may be subsequently revised based on developments relating to such claims. We identified accrued insurance - workers’ compensation and vehicle liability (“accrued insurance”) as a critical audit matter.

The principal considerations for our determination that accrued insurance is a critical audit matter are that accrued insurance liability has higher risk of estimation uncertainty due to the loss development factors and inherent assumptions in actuarial methods used in determining the required liability. The estimation uncertainty and complexity of the actuarial methods utilized involved especially subjective auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort, including the need to involve an auditor-engaged actuarial specialist.

Our audit procedures related to the accrued insurance reserve included the following, among others:

Obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and tested operating effectiveness of key controls relating to accrued insurance, including, but not limited to, controls that (1) determine that claims were reported and submitted accurately and timely, (2) determine the underlying data maintained by the Company and the third-party administrator used to develop the accrued insurance reserve was complete and accurate, and (3) determine the third-party actuarial report used in developing the accrued insurance reserve was reviewed by the Company’s management.

Utilized an auditor-engaged specialist in evaluating management’s methods and assumptions, including the reasonableness of the selected loss development factors utilized by management to identify indicators of potential bias. We also performed retrospective reviews to evaluate the assumptions utilized by management in the determination of the prior year and current year liability.

Tested the underlying data maintained by the Company and the third-party administrator, which was submitted to the Company’s actuary to develop the accrued insurance reserve, for completeness and accuracy.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2004.

Atlanta, Georgia
February 25, 2022

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

Rollins, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(in thousands except share information)

    

December 31, 

    

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

ASSETS

  

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

105,301

$

98,477

Trade receivables, net of allowance for expected credit losses of $13,885 and $16,854, respectively

 

139,579

 

126,337

Financed receivables, short-term, net of allowance for expected credit losses of $1,463 and $1,297, respectively

 

26,152

 

23,716

Materials and supplies

 

28,926

 

30,843

Other current assets

 

52,422

35,404

Total current assets

 

352,380

 

314,777

Equipment and property, net of accumulated depreciation of $315,891 and $294,226, respectively

 

133,257

 

178,052

Goodwill

 

721,819

 

653,176

Customer contracts, net

 

325,929

 

298,949

Trademarks & tradenames, net

 

108,976

 

109,044

Other intangible assets, net

 

11,679

 

10,777

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

244,784

 

212,342

Financed receivables, long-term, net of allowance for expected credit losses of $2,522 and $1,934, respectively

 

47,097

 

38,187

Other assets

 

34,949

 

30,596

Total assets

$

1,980,870

$

1,845,900

LIABILITIES

 

  

 

  

Accounts payable

$

44,568

$

64,596

Accrued insurance

 

36,414

 

31,675

Accrued compensation and related liabilities

 

97,862

 

91,011

Unearned revenues

 

145,122

 

131,253

Operating lease liabilities - current

 

75,240

 

73,248

Current portion of long-term debt

 

18,750

 

17,188

Other current liabilities

 

73,206

 

63,540

Total current liabilities

 

491,162

 

472,511

Accrued insurance, less current portion

 

31,545

 

36,067

Operating lease liabilities, less current portion

 

172,520

 

140,897

Long-term debt

 

136,250

 

185,812

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

13,255

 

10,612

Other long-term accrued liabilities

 

54,090

58,641

Total liabilities

 

898,822

 

904,540

Commitments and contingencies (see Note 13)

 

  

 

  

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

  

 

  

Preferred stock, without par value; 500,000 shares authorized, zero shares issued

 

 

Common stock, par value $1 per share; 800,000,000 shares authorized, 491,911,087 and 491,612,059 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

491,911

 

491,612

Additional paid in capital

 

105,629

 

101,757

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(16,411)

 

(10,897)

Retained earnings

 

500,919

 

358,888

Total stockholders’ equity

 

1,082,048

 

941,360

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,980,870

$

1,845,900

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Rollins, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(in thousands except per share information)

Year Ended December 31,

2021

    

2020

    

2019

REVENUES

  

  

  

Customer services

$

2,424,300

$

2,161,220

$

2,015,477

COSTS AND EXPENSES

 

  

 

  

 

  

Cost of services provided (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

 

1,162,617

 

1,048,592

 

993,593

Sales, general and administrative

 

727,489

 

656,207

 

623,379

Depreciation and amortization

 

94,205

 

88,329

 

81,111

Total operating expenses

1,984,311

1,793,128

1,698,083

OPERATING INCOME

439,989

368,092

317,394

Interest expense, net

 

830

 

5,082

 

6,917

Other (income) expense, net

 

(35,679)

 

8,290

 

49,317

CONSOLIDATED INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

474,838

 

354,720

 

261,160

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

 

124,151

 

93,896

 

57,813

NET INCOME

$

350,687

$

260,824

$

203,347

NET INCOME PER SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED

$

0.71

$

0.53

$

0.41

DIVIDENDS PAID PER SHARE

$

0.42

$

0.33

$

0.31

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

 

492,054

 

491,604

 

491,216

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Rollins, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(in thousands)

2021

    

2020

    

2019

NET INCOME

$

350,687

$

260,824

$

203,347

Other comprehensive income / (loss), net of tax:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Pension and other postretirement benefit plans

 

 

(127)

 

45,896

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

(5,895)

 

10,443

 

4,350

Change in derivatives

 

381

 

(104)

 

(277)

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

 

(5,514)

 

10,212

 

49,969

Comprehensive income

$

345,173

$

271,036

$

253,316

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Rollins, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(in thousands)

Accumulated

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

Additional

    

Other

    

    

    

Common Stock

Treasury

Paid- In-

Comprehensive

Retained

  

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

Capital

    

Income (Loss)

    

Earnings

    

Total

Balance at December 31, 2018

490,962

$

490,962

 

$

$

85,386

$

(71,078)

$

206,638

$

711,908

Impact of adoption of ASC 842

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

212

Net income

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

203,347

  

203,347

Other comprehensive income

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Pension settlement loss, net of tax

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

46,022

 

  

Pension liability adjustment, net of tax

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

(126)

 

  

 

(126)

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

4,350

 

  

 

4,350

Interest rate swaps, net of tax

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

(277)

 

  

Cash dividends

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

(153,836)

 

(153,836)

Stock compensation

 

580

 

580

 

 

 

13,772

 

  

 

(193)

 

14,159

Employee stock buybacks

 

(396)

 

(396)

 

 

 

(9,745)

 

  

 

132

 

(10,009)

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

491,146

$

491,146

 

$

$

89,413

$

(21,109)

$

256,300

$

815,750

Impact of adoption of ASC 326

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

2,486

 

2,486

Net income

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

260,824

 

260,824

Other comprehensive income

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Pension liability adjustment, net of tax

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

(127)

 

  

 

(127)

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

10,443

 

  

 

10,443

Interest rate swaps, net of tax

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

(104)

 

  

 

(104)

Cash dividends

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

(160,487)

 

(160,487)

Stock compensation

 

802

 

802