EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
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Dec. 31, 2021
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14. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
Defined Benefit Pension Plans
The Company has sponsored noncontributory tax-qualified defined benefit pension plans covering employees meeting certain age and service requirements, the most significant of which was the Rollins, Inc. Plan, which was terminated in 2018. The Company funds its plans with at least the minimum amount required by ERISA.
Rollins, Inc. Retirement Income Plan, (the “Rollins, Inc. Plan”)
In 2005, the Company ceased all future benefit accruals under the Rollins, Inc. Plan, although the Company remained obligated to provide employees benefits earned through June 2005. In September 2019, the Company settled this fully-funded pension plan through a combination of lump sum payments to participants, payments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the purchase of a group annuity contract. With the completed funding of the plan payout settlements, the Company had approximately $31.8 million of pension assets remaining. The remaining assets were the result of the funded status of the Rollins, Inc. Plan, higher take rate of lump sum payment election by participants and optimal pricing of the group annuity contract. The Company evaluated the ERISA allowable opportunities for utilization of the excess pension assets, including funding other employee benefits. The Company used $18.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2020 and $11.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2019 of the $31.8 million to fund its 401(k) match obligation. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $1.2 million remaining of benefit plan assets related to the Rollins, Inc. Plan. During 2021 all remaining assets were reverted to the Company per ERISA regulations. The Company paid 46.1% of taxes upon reversion, which included 20% of excise tax.
Waltham Services, LLC Hourly Employee Pension Plan (the “Waltham Plan”)
The Company continues to sponsor the Waltham Plan, which covers less than 85 participants as of December 31, 2021. The Waltham Plan was amended, effective September 1, 2018, to freeze future benefit accruals for all participants. The Company accounts for all defined benefit plans in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 715 “Compensation Retirement Benefits,” and engages an outside actuary to calculate 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. As of December 31, 2021, the Waltham Plan had assets of $2.2 million, a projected liability of $2.9 million and an unfunded status of $0.7 million. At December 31, 2021 the plan’s assets were comprised of listed common stocks and U.S government and corporate securities and are classified as Level 1 and Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy.
Defined Contribution 401(k) Savings Plan
The Company sponsors a defined contribution 401(k) Savings Plan (“the Plan”) that is available to a majority of the Company’s 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 ofin that year. The Plan provides for a matching contribution of dollar ($1.00) for each one dollar ($1.00) of a participant’s contributions to the Plan that do not exceed 3 percent of his or her eligible compensation (which includes commissions, overtime, and bonuses) and fifty cents ($0.50) for each one dollar ($1.00) of a participant’s contributions to the Plan over the initial 3 percent 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 $25.7 million, $27.4 million and $25.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. At December 31, 2021, 2020, and 2019 approximately, 28.7%, 34.9%, and 30.8%, respectively, of the plan assets consisted of Rollins, Inc. common stock. Total administrative fees paid by the Company for the Plan were less than $0.1 million for each of the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019.
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 but has not done so since 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 participant’s selection. Deferred Compensation Plan benefits are unsecured general obligations of the Company to the participants, and these obligations rank in parity with the Company’s 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 Company’s 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 participant’s 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, 2021, the Deferred Compensation Plan had 75 life insurance policies with a net face value of $53.1 million compared to 75 policies with a face value of $50.2 million at December 31, 2020. The cash surrender value of these life insurance policies was worth $27.2 million and $24.5 million at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. These policies are valued using the NAV practical expedient.
The following table presents our non-qualified deferred compensation plan assets using the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2021 and 2020.
Cash and cash equivalents, which are used to pay benefits and deferred compensation plan administrative expenses, are held in Money Market Funds.
Total expense related to deferred compensation was $322 thousand, $278 thousand, and $250 thousand in 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively. The Company had $27.2 million and $24.5 million in deferred compensation assets as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, included within other assets on the Company’s consolidated statements of financial position and $23.6 million and $21.5 million in deferred compensation liability as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, located within other current liabilities and long-term accrued liabilities on the Company’s consolidated statements of financial position. The amounts of assets were marked to fair value.