EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2014
|Description of New Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted|
|EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS||
Defined Benefit Pension Plans
Rollins, Inc. Retirement Income Plan
The Company maintains several noncontributory tax-qualified defined benefit pension plans (the Plans) covering employees meeting certain age and service requirements. The Plans provides benefits based on the average compensation for the highest five years during the last ten years of credited service (as defined) in which compensation was received, and the average anticipated Social Security covered earnings. The Company funds the Plans with at least the minimum amount required by ERISA. The Company made contributions of $5.3 million, $5.0 million and $5.2 million to the Plans during the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 respectively.
In 2005, the Company ceased all future benefit accruals under the Rollins, Inc. Retirement Income Plan, although the Company remains obligated to provide employees benefits earned through June 2005. In 2012 and again in 2014, the Plan was amended to allow certain vested participants the ability to elect for a limited time the commencement of their benefit in the form of a single-sum payment, not to exceed $22,000 in 2014 or $13,500 in 2012, or an annuity starting date of December 1, 2014 for the 2014 amendment, or an annuity starting date of December 1, 2012 for the 2012 amendment. In total $6.3 million and $4.7 million was paid by the Plan during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2012, respectively, under this program. The Plan did not offer any options for the year ended December 31, 2013.
The Company terminated the Waltham Services, LLC Salaried Pension Plan and all benefits have been settled via an annuity purchase or lump sum in December 2012. The total payout by the plan was either in the form of lump sum payments (including rollovers) or annuities. Active employees were eligible to roll their balances into the Rollins 401(k) Savings Plan. The Annuities were purchased through an unaffiliated insurance company. The total amount disbursed to terminate the plan totaled $4.0 million.
The Company also includes the Waltham Services, LLC Hourly Employee Pension Plan in the Companys financial statements. The Company accounts for these defined benefit plans in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 715 Compensation- Retirement Benefits, and engages an outside actuary to calculate its obligations and costs. With the assistance of the actuary, the Company evaluates the significant assumptions used on a periodic basis including the estimated future return on plan assets, the discount rate, and other factors, and makes adjustments to these liabilities as necessary.
In June 2005, the Company froze the Rollins, Inc. defined benefit pension plan. The Company currently uses December 31 as the measurement date for its defined benefit post-retirement plans. The funded status of the Plans and the net amount recognized in the statement of financial position are summarized as follows as of:
Amounts Recognized in the Statement of Financial Position consist of:
Amounts Recognized in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income consists of:
The accumulated benefit obligation for the defined benefit pension plans were $221.7 million and $185.9 million at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Accumulated benefit obligation and projected benefit obligation are materially the same for the Plans. Pre-tax increases in the pension liability which were (charged, net of tax) credited to other comprehensive income/(loss) were $(41.7) million, $45.7 million, and $(15.4) million in 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.
The following weighted-average assumptions were used to determine the accumulated benefit obligation and net benefit cost:
The return on plan assets reflects the weighted-average of the expected long-term rates of return for the broad categories of investments held in the plan. The expected long-term rate of return is adjusted when there are fundamental changes in the expected returns on the plan investments.
The discount rate reflects the current rate at which the pension liabilities could be effectively settled at the end of the year. In estimating this rate, for fiscal years 2014, 2013, and 2012 the Company utilized a yield curve analysis.
The components of net periodic benefit cost are summarized as follows:
The benefit obligations recognized in other comprehensive income for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are summarized as follows:
The Company expects to amortize a net loss of $3.7 million in 2015. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Plans assets were comprised of listed common stocks and U.S. government and corporate securities, real estate and other. Included in the assets of the Plan were shares of Rollins, Inc. Common Stock with a market value of $37.3 million and $37.1 million at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
The Plans weighted average asset allocation at December 31, 2014 and 2013 by asset category, along with the target allocation for 2014, are as follows:
For each of the asset categories in the pension plan, the investment strategy is identical maximize the long-term rate of return on plan assets with an acceptable level of risk in order to minimize the cost of providing pension benefits. The investment policy establishes a target allocation for each asset class which is rebalanced as required. The plans utilize a number of investment approaches, including individual market securities, equity and fixed income funds in which the underlying securities are marketable, and debt funds to achieve this target allocation. The Company and management are considering making contributions to the pension plans of approximately $3.3 million during fiscal 2015.
Some of our assets, primarily our private equity and real estate, do not have readily determinable market values given the specific investment structures involved and the nature of the underlying investments. For the December 31, 2014 plan asset reporting, publicly traded asset pricing was used where possible. For assets without readily determinable values, estimates were derived from investment manager statements combined with discussions focusing on underlying fundamentals and significant events. Additionally, these investments are categorized as level 3 investments and are valued using significant non-observable inputs which do not have a readily determinable fair value. In accordance with ASU No. 2011-12 Investments In Certain Entities That Calculate Net Asset Value per Share (Or Its Equivalent), these investments are valued based on the net asset value per share calculated by the funds in which the plan has invested. These valuations are subject to judgments and assumptions of the funds which may prove to be incorrect, resulting in risks of incorrect valuation of these investments. The Company seeks to mitigate against these risks by evaluating the appropriateness of the funds judgments and assumptions by reviewing the financial data included in the funds financial statements for reasonableness.
Fair Value Measurements
The Companys overall investment strategy is to achieve a mix of approximately 70 percent of investments for long-term growth and 30 percent for near-term benefit payments, with a wide diversification of asset types, fund strategies and fund managers. Equity securities primarily include investments in large-cap and small-cap companies domiciled domestically and internationally. Fixed-income securities include corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities, sovereign bonds, and U.S. Treasuries. Other types of investments include real estate funds and private equity funds that follow several different investment strategies. For each of the asset categories in the pension plan, the investment strategy is identical maximize the long-term rate of return on plan assets with an acceptable level of risk in order to minimize the cost of providing pension benefits. The investment policy establishes a target allocation for each asset class which is rebalanced as required. The plans utilize a number of investment approaches, including but not limited to individual market securities, equity and fixed income funds in which the underlying securities are marketable, and debt funds to achieve this target allocation.
Some of our assets, primarily our private equity, real estate and hedge funds, do not have readily determinable market values given the specific investment structures involved and the nature of the underlying investments. For the December 31, 2014 plan asset reporting, publicly traded asset pricing was used where possible. For assets without readily determinable values, estimates were derived from investment manager discussions focusing on underlying fundamentals and significant events.
The following table presents our plan assets using the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2014. The fair value hierarchy has three levels based on the reliability of the inputs used to determine fair value. See note 7 for a brief description of the three levels under the fair value hierarchy.
The following table presents our plan assets using the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2013. The fair value hierarchy has three levels based on the reliability of the inputs used to determine fair value.
The following table presents a reconciliation of Level 3 assets held during the year ended December 31, 2014.
The following table presents a reconciliation of Level 3 assets held during the year ended December 31, 2013.
The estimated future benefit payments over the next ten years are as follows:
Defined Contribution 401(k) Savings Plan
The Company sponsors a defined contribution 401(k) Savings Plan that is available to a majority of the Companys full-time employees the first day of the calendar quarter following completion of three months of service. The Plan is available to non full-time employees the first day of the calendar quarter following one year of service upon completion of 1,000 hours in that year. The Plan provides for a matching contribution of fifty cents ($.50) for each one dollar ($1.00) of a participants contributions to the Plan that do not exceed 6 percent of his or her eligible compensation (which includes commissions, overtime and bonuses). The charge to expense for the Company match was approximately $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 and $8.2 million and $7.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. At December 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012 approximately, 29.3%, 34.9%, and 32.5%, respectively of the plan assets consisted of Rollins, Inc. Common Stock. Total administrative fees paid by the Company for the Plan were approximately $51 thousand in 2014, $54 thousand in 2013 and $53 thousand in 2012.
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan
The Deferred Compensation Plan provides that participants may defer up to 50% of their base salary and up to 85% of their annual bonus with respect to any given plan year, subject to a $2 thousand per plan year minimum. The Company may make discretionary contributions to participant accounts. The Company credited accounts of participants of long service to the Company with certain discretionary amounts (Pension Plan Benefit Restoration Contributions) in lieu of benefits that previously accrued under the Companys Retirement Income Plan up to a maximum of $245 thousand. The Company made Pension Plan Benefit Restoration Contributions under the Deferred Compensation Plan for five years. The first contribution was made in January 2007 for those participants who were employed for all of the 2006 plan year. Only employees with five full years of vested service on June 30, 2005 qualified for Pension Plan Benefit Restoration Contributions. Under the Deferred Compensation Plan, salary and bonus deferrals and Pension Plan Benefit Restoration Contributions are fully vested. Any discretionary contributions are subject to vesting in accordance with the matching contribution vesting schedule set forth in the Rollins 401(k) Savings Plan in which a participant participates. The Company made its last contributions associated with this plan during the first quarter of 2011.
Accounts will be credited with hypothetical earnings, and/or debited with hypothetical losses, based on the performance of certain Measurement Funds. Account values are calculated as if the funds from deferrals and Company credits had been converted into shares or other ownership units of selected Measurement Funds by purchasing (or selling, where relevant) such shares or units at the current purchase price of the relevant Measurement Fund at the time of the participants selection. Deferred Compensation Plan benefits are unsecured general obligations of the Company to the participants, and these obligations rank in parity with the Companys other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness. The Company has established a rabbi trust, which it uses to voluntarily set aside amounts to indirectly fund any obligations under the Deferred Compensation Plan. To the extent that the Companys obligations under the Deferred Compensation Plan exceed assets available under the trust, the Company would be required to seek additional funding sources to fund its liability under the Deferred Compensation Plan.
Generally, the Deferred Compensation Plan provides for distributions of any deferred amounts upon the earliest to occur of a participants death, disability, retirement or other termination of employment (a Termination Event). However, for any deferrals of salary and bonus (but not Company contributions), participants would be entitled to designate a distribution date which is prior to a Termination Event. Generally, the Deferred Compensation Plan allows a participant to elect to receive distributions under the Deferred Compensation Plan in installments or lump-sum payments.
At December 31, 2014 the Deferred Compensation Plan had 70 life insurance policies with a net face value of $42.4 million. The cash surrender value of these life insurance policies were worth $12.7 million and $11.5 million at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
The estimated life insurance premium payments over the next five years are as follows:
Total expense/ (income) related to deferred compensation was $207 thousand, $159 thousand and $338 thousand in 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively. The Company had $13.7 million in deferred compensation assets as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, included within other assets on the Companys consolidated statements of financial position and $13.7 million and $12.8 million in deferred compensation liability as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, located within long-term accrued liabilities on the Companys consolidated statements of financial position. The amounts of assets were marked to fair value.
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