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Things you ought to know about your alarm business / sign up for Group and Private meetings in Vegas
March 6, 2024
Private and Group meeting schedule now available
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          Schedule a Private Meeting with Ken Kirschenbaum or with Rory Russell of AFS by calling Stacy Spector at 516 987 8428.
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Group Meetings:
Tuesday April 9.  Group Meeting: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Monetize on your monitoring accounts; new incentive program; learn how to get unheard of incentives from your central station or move to another one. Group meeting conducted by Ken Kirschenbaum.
Wednesday April 10.  Group Meeting:  11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Selling and buying alarm accounts; Things to know. Group conducted by Ken Kirschenbaum.
Wednesday April 10.  Group Meeting:  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – State sales tax and complex company valuation. Group meeting conducted by Mitch Reitman of Reitman Consulting Group.
Wednesday April 10.  Group Meeting:   3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Central station – dealer relationship; contract issues; understanding the dealer agreement terms and why you need the K&K Rider. Group meeting conducted by Ken Kirschenbaum.
Thursday April 11.  Group Meeting:  10:00 am to 11:00 am - Insurance for your alarm business – best options; availability, pricing and claims. Group meeting conducted by Shawn Iverson of The Insurance Center.
Thursday April 11. Group Meeting: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Contracts – which ones you need and why you need them. Group meeting conducted by Ken Kirschenbaum.
Thursday April 11.  Group Meeting:   from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -
The Corporate Transparency Act. Group meeting conducted by Mitch Reitman of Reitman Consulting Group.
Private Meetings with Rory Russell of AFS:
         Schedule a private meeting with Rory Russell of Acquisition and Funding Services (AFS) to discuss buying or selling security, fire and integration business. Available times to meet with Rory Russell are as follows: Wednesday April 10 and Thursday April 11 between 7:30 am and 11:00 am and 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm.  Contact Stacy Spector to schedule a private meeting with Rory.  Call 516 987 8428
Contact Stacy Spector, Esq. for all scheduling at or 516-987-8428.
Things you ought to know about your alarm business
          It’s surprising how many alarm dealers simply do not have a handle on their business; they can’t answer what I think would be information that they should have at the tip of their fingers at any given time.  While you certainly don’t need to know every detail or know your financial information in precise detail, you should have a pretty good idea.  It strikes me odd when some says, “I have to ask my accountant”. Funny thing is that most who say that probably don’t even have a regular accountant.
          You should conduct your business, from start to finish, as if you’re planning to sell.  You should be maximizing the equity in the business, and in the alarm business that is typically done by increasing your RMR.  RMR is recurring monthly revenue, and it’s derived by charging for your “after install” services.  Those services can include, and often do include, monitoring, repair service plans and inspection plans.  Per Call service and per call inspection may generate better cash flow when you look at a single account, but overall charging all or most subscribers RMR rather than per call will generate the same or more, and it will be more reliable and steady. 
          For example.  You have a fire alarm inspection subscriber who you perform an annual inspection [or semi or quarterly] and get $1200 a year.  It’s a per call relationship for the inspection service.  When you sell that customer’s inspection contract will be excluded from the sale purchase price because it’s not contracted RMR. 
          Take the same account, but this time charge RMR of $100; that’s $100 per month.  It’s a term contract with automatic renewal.  That contract is worth $3000 or more when you sell the accounts. 
          Alarm [and by that I mean all security systems: cameras, audio, intrusion, fire, environmental, medical alert, PERS and access control] are still valued and sold based on the RMR model; that is, a multiple of the RMR.  RMR is generally determined by calculating the gross amount billed to the subscriber and then deducting sale tax and third party monitoring charges.  Often the central station basic charge is not deducted; depends on your negotiations.
          Practical questions about your business you should know
          As you may have noticed K&K is active in the industry’s merger and acquisition market. We will “broker” a deal if we are the attorneys for one of the parties, seller or buyer.  A current list of seller’s we are assisting are listed in The Alarm Exchange in the Merger and Acquisition category.
          Recently a seller engaged K&K and in order to properly list it on The Alarm Exchange I asked a few questions that any potential buyer of accounts would want to know. I thought I’d share them, because these are the questions you should be able to answer without too much effort; a sign you’re on top of your business.
  *  number of accounts
  *  % residential
  *  % commercial security
  *  % commercial fire
  *  RMR for inspection or service
  *  RMR for monitoring
  *  what cs you go to
  *  how much you pay cs each month [average for all accounts]
  *  number of techs you have
  *  are employees under Employment Contract
  *  where are most of the accounts concentrated
  *  what equipment do you usually use
  *  panels?
  *  software you use?
  *  contracts?
          If you have a good idea what the answer is to these issues you know your company well.  Now all you need to do is keep an eye on what direction the account base and RMR takes, up or down.
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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
Attorneys at Law
200 Garden City Plaza
Garden City, NY 11530
516 747 6700 x 301