BY Fraser Tennant
A little over two months since it filed, Monitronics International, the second-largest residential security provider in the US, has eliminated approximately $885m of its debt to successfully emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Upon emergence, Monitronics gained access to $295m of additional liquidity under new exit financing – consisting of a $150m term loan facility and a $145m revolving facility – to support its continued growth and ensure it can continue to execute its strategic plan.
Moreover, as a result of its financial recapitalisation, which involves a merger with Ascent Capital Group, Inc., Monitronics’ largest shareholders will be EQT Partners, a global investment firm with around €40bn in assets under management (AUM), and Brigade Capital Management, a global investment management firm.
Additionally, Monitronics has appointed a new board of directors to provide critical expertise and experience as it enters the next phase of its growth.
“This is an exciting day for Monitronics as we have emerged as a stronger, more focused organisation,” said Jeffery Gardner, president and chief executive of Monitronics. “With renewed balance sheet strength, a strong subscriber portfolio and recurring revenue base, and the support of EQT and Brigade, two highly regarded financial sponsors, we are well-positioned to be a leader in the accelerating home security market and to execute on the vast growth opportunities ahead.”
One of the largest home security and alarm monitoring companies in the US, Monitronics secures approximately 900,000 residential and commercial customers through security solutions backed by trained professionals. The company has the nation’s largest network of independent authorised dealers – providing products and support to customers in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
“We are pleased to have worked collaboratively with Monitronics and its stakeholders to facilitate a balance sheet recapitalisation that optimally positions the company for success,” said Stephen Escudier, a partner at EQT Partners. “As Monitronics largest shareholder, we look forward to partnering with the company’s management team as they execute on their strategic vision and continue to build Monitronics’ position as an industry leader.”
Mr Gardner concluded: “I want to thank our dedicated team of employees as well as our dealers, customers and suppliers, who continued to believe in our company and worked with us to achieve this successful balance sheet recapitalisation.”