SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

February 15, 2012 07:45 ET

Frost & Sullivan Acclaims Monitronics International for Achieving Market Leadership on the Strength of Its Outstanding Customer Service

Superior Customer Value and Growth Strategy Excellence Has Allowed the Company to Broaden Its Dealer Networks

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - Based on its recent analysis of the residential alarm monitoring market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Monitronics International, Inc. with the 2011 North America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award.

Monitronics' focus on providing the maximum value to customers by expanding its customer service operations and streamlining internal processes resulted in a record low attrition in 2011. Apart from its excellent and well-trained customer service representatives, its state-of-the-art central station and affordability make the company a top contender in the market.

The alarm monitoring market has been traditionally low on technology innovation, but Monitronics has bucked the trend with its novel business model. The company's broad range of technology partners allows its dealers to choose from multiple technology offerings and provides them with extensive support technologies, ongoing training, flexible and intuitive reporting capabilities, seamless integration to the Monitronics Central Station, and online billing.

"Internally, the company incorporated new workflow-based decisioning software that helps guide customer service agents through each call, empowering them to collect more detailed information and provide more accurate assistance," said Frost & Sullivan Research Team Leader Dilip Sarangan. "It also simplified customer service using a new 'smart-call' automated technology that lets customers confirm or change service appointments without an agent."

Monitronics is one of the few monitoring companies to report its response rate, which is currently about 22.1 seconds. In an attempt to decrease emergency response time, the company is one of the first central stations -- and is the largest -- to participate in the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) pilot program. This program aims to reduce emergency response time and save lives by transmitting emergency data electronically instead of using traditional communications systems.

Monitronics also earned praise from the False Alarm Reduction Association for its innovative false alarm reduction efforts. The company's False Alarm Control Team partnered with law enforcement agencies and communicated with customers to reduce false alarms from 0.67 percent to 0.5 percent.

Monitronics' ability to succeed in a rough economic environment is evidenced by the increase in both its revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) each year for the 17 years that the company has been in business. It has a revenue compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent and an EBITDA CAGR of 23 percent from 1998-2010.

The market penetration of alarm monitoring products has traditionally been very low, with only about 17 percent of U.S. households using monitored services. However, Monitronics acquired more than 700,000 customers in less than 17 years and added more than 75,000 customers in 2011 alone, when the market was supposedly stagnant. This helped Monitronics establish itself as an industry leader, with approximately 4.6 percent market share and the company is well on course to becoming the second largest monitoring company in the next couple of years.

Monitronics made concerted efforts to expand its reach by magnifying its dealer network. Through its successful dealer program, the company reaches customers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. This widespread network helps the company purchase monitoring contracts from dealers and provides subscribers with a full spectrum of security alarm services, including monitoring, customer service, and technical support.

The dealer-based business model allows Monitronics to do away with a national sales and installation force. Additionally, it outsources on-site technical support to its dealer network, which helps to reduce service expenses and overheads. This dealer model is unique to the company and ensures that dealers never find themselves in competition with Monitronics.

"Fewer than 10 competitors are national monitoring companies with central stations and the capacity to provide services to commercial and residential customers nationally," observed Sarangan. "By having its own fully redundant central station, Monitronics has the ability to provide consistent, 24-hour support to customers."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates superior entrepreneurial ability in its industry during the research period. This award signifies the company's identification of a unique and revolutionary product solution with significant market potential. Additionally, it certifies the company's marketing strategy as sound and poised for success.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Monitronics International, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Monitronics International is one of the nation's largest, fastest-growing alarm monitoring companies. Headquartered in Dallas, they provide monitored security system services to more than 700,000 residential customers and commercial clients through their network of nationwide, independent authorized dealers.

At the heart of their operations is the Monitronics central station, which has consistently met or exceeded all UL, National Fire Protection Association, and Central Station Alarm Association standards. With millions invested in their monitoring technology, they can provide reliable, uninterrupted security monitoring service.

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