Element Announces Largest Win Since its Pivot to Growth in 2021
TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX: EFN) (“Element”), the largest pure-play automotive fleet manager in the world, today announced a five-year agreement with Rentokil Terminix, the North American division of Rentokil Initial plc, to provide services and financing to its 21,000+ vehicle fleet in the U.S.
“We are honored that Rentokil Terminix has chosen to expand their North American relationship with Element, making us their sole U.S. provider of fleet management services and financing,” said Jay Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Element. “Rentokil, the global leader in pest control services, represents Element’s largest ‘mega’ fleet win since initiating our pivot to growth in 2021.”
Rentokil Initial plc has been a long-standing client of Element. With its recent acquisition of Terminix, the company decided to consolidate the financing and management of its entire U.S. vehicle fleet under one fleet management company and chose Element as that provider. Under the terms of this agreement, Element will extend its current fleet management services and financing (currently 4,700 vehicles) to an additional 16,500 Rentokil Terminix vehicles in the U.S., increasing the total global vehicles under management by a full 1 percent and making Rentokil Terminix a top 10 client. This partnership will also enable Rentokil Terminix’s mission to transition its global fleet to more efficient and sustainable ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) by 2040. Rentokil Initial joined the EV100 in 2020.
David Madrigal, Chief Commercial Officer of Element, said: “Rentokil Terminix’s decision to entrust the entire 21,000 vehicle fleet to Element is both gratifying and humbling, reflecting their confidence in our proven ability to deliver a consistent, superior client experience and optimize their total cost of fleet operations. We are very pleased they have decided to grow their relationship with Element, and we look forward to working with them to uphold the high standards we share for our clients globally as we both continue to grow.”
About Element Fleet Management
Element Fleet Management (TSX: EFN) is the largest pure-play automotive fleet manager in the world, providing the full range of fleet services and solutions to a growing base of loyal, world-class clients – corporates, governments and not-for-profits – across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Element enjoys proven resilient cash flow, a significant proportion of which is returned to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks; a scalable operating platform that magnifies revenue growth into earnings growth; and an evolving capital-lighter business model that enhances return on equity. Element’s services address every aspect of clients’ fleet requirements, from vehicle acquisition, maintenance, accidents and remarketing, to integrating EVs and managing the complexity of gradual fleet electrification. Clients benefit from Element’s expertise as the largest fleet solutions provider in its markets, offering unmatched economies of scale and insight used to reduce fleet operating costs and improve productivity and performance. For more information, visit elementfleet.com/investor-relations.
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