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Central Station Monitoring acquires Alarm Central

November 12, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

ESTACADA, Ore.—Central Station Monitoring (CSM), a full-service intrusion and fire alarm central station based here, recently acquired Alarm Central based in Beaverton, nearly doubling the number of accounts being monitored at its central station.“It is exciting to almost double in size with this deal, and the additional revenues will give us the opportunity of expanding overall at some point,” Robbin Cleveland, general manager, Central Station Monitoring (CSM), told Security Systems...

Alarm Central, Barry Epstein, central station monitoring, Robbin Cleveland, Vertex Capital

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News Poll: M&A activity stays strong in 2019

October 30, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Over the last few years, Security Systems News has covered hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, and it seems M&A in the security industry is still as hot as ever. In this month's News Poll we asked our readers for their thoughts about M&A in our industry.When comparing 2019 to 2018, more than half (54 percent) said M&A activity was about the same, with 31 percent saying they felt like there was more activity this year, and 15 percent saying there was less activity this year.“The...

Barry Epstein, DFW Security, M&A, Marty J. Marlow, News Poll, Vertex Capital

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General Security acquires New York Merchants Protective

February 13, 2017Spencer Ives

PLAINVIEW, N.Y.—General Security, a full-service security company based here, recently acquired New York Merchants Protective Co., based out of New York City, adding 3,500 accounts.“We were interested in doing a little more business in Manhattan and [the acquisition] certainly did that. It opened up a new group of customers to us,” Peter Allen, general manager for General Security, told Security Systems News. The acqusition closed Nov. 3, 2016, he said.“We divested of our...

Barry Epstein, General Security, New York Merchants Protective, Peter Allen, Rick Rockwell, Vertex Capital

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Now may be the time to sell the company

November 2, 2015Spencer Ives

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The financial environment for selling a security company is good and stable right now, according to Barry Epstein, president of Vertex Capital.According to Epstein, there's “More money chasing the sellers than there are sellers out there. Why? Private equity.” He does not foresee private equity groups withdrawing interest in the near future.Epstein presented “Timing Your Exit: An Update on Multiples and the Multiple Threats to Your Account Base” at...

Barry Epstein, Honeywell CONNECT 2015, Vertex Capital

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Per Mar gains resi clients

October 7, 2015Amy Canfield

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security Services has acquired 2,000 accounts with its purchase of Northern Safety and Security of Bemidji, Minn.Ninety percent of those accounts are residential, Brian Duffy, president of Per Mar's security services electronic division, told Security Systems News.Per Mar, a family-owned company started by Duffy's grandparents in 1953, will fully take over those accounts and service them, he said. The company has a UL-certified central alarm station based...

Barry Epstein, Brian Duffy, Northern Safety and Security, Per Mar Security Services, Residential Security, Security Systems News, UL-certified central alarm station

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Finance virtual roundtable: The most interesting deals of 2013 and predictions for 2014

December 30, 2013Martha Entwistle

Every January, Security Systems News asks security finance experts to share their opinions on deals done, valuations sought and won, and prospects for buyers and sellers in the coming year. This year, the following experts participated in a virtual roundtable discussion: Jennifer Holloway, managing director, Security Industry Group, at The PrivateBank and Trust Company, a Chicago-based commercial bank and wealth management institution with a national specialty lending group dedicated solely to the...

Ascent Capital, Barry Epstein, CapitalSource, Jennifer Holloway, Kastle Systems International, monitronics, physical security, Security Lender Group, Security Networks, SSN

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Monitoring Matters

Henry Edmonds presents on PERS valuations

October 9, 2013Leif Kothe

As I encounter new theories and projections about PERS valuations, I continue to find a refreshing lack of consensus among the experts. That's not to say there aren't areas of agreement. There are. Those watching the market often cite similar determinants of valuation, such as attrition rates, cash flow and the costs of creating new accounts. But experts seldom invest the same metrics with equal importance.    For example, Barry Epstein, president of Dallas-based Vertex Capital, believes reducing...

Barry Epstein, Henry Edmonds, Mark Sandler, monitoring, PERS, physical security, SPP Advisors, SSN, The Edmonds Group, Vertex Capital

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Monitoring Matters

PERS: What we know, what we don't

September 18, 2013Leif Kothe

The projected expansion of the PERS market will be fueled by several realities playing in its favor. First and foremost, the demographics, highlighted by an aging baby boomer population, are compatible with growth in the PERS space. Similarly, PERS devices make seniors better equipped to remain in their homes and possibly reap considerable cost savings. The market is relatively resilient. The technology is simple. One of the biggest barriers to entry may be tapping into the right marketing channel,...

AvantGuard Monitoring, Barry Epstein, central stations, Josh Garner, PERS, SSN, Vertex Capital

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M&A and your company

May 23, 2012Martha Entwistle

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Thinking about selling your systems integration company this year? What kind of price can you expect for your business? More than one session during the annual PSA-TEC conference, held here May 14-18, took a hard look at how integrators should assess their organic growth and set realistic expectations for sales prices.On the question of growth, Bill Bozeman, CEO of PSA Security, noted that international events absolutely can affect progress for a systems integration business.He...

Barry Epstein, Bill Bozeman, Imperial Capital, Jeff Kessler, PSA Security, PSA-TEC, Vertex Capital

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