Edmonds Group Closes $100 Million in Alarm Industry Financing During First Year in Business

ST. LOUIS (March 18, 2005) – The Edmonds Group, formed one year ago, has closed over $100 million in financing in six different alarm transactions. Transactions have ranged from just under $3 million to over $50 million. “It has been a very gratifying year” according to Henry M. Edmonds, founder and President of The Edmonds Group. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each of my clients and believe I have helped each achieve results that met or exceeded their expectations”.

David Neusteter, CEO of Denver, Colorado based United Systems says “Edmonds assisted us in raising very competitive financing and also helped us complete a key acquisition that has allowed us to take our business to the next level.”

According to Peter Maltby, CEO of Alarm One based in Los Angeles, “In addition to identifying the best senior lender for our financing needs, Edmonds’ efforts were essential in helping us close a complex transaction involving multiple parties. We would not have been successful without his help.”

The Edmonds Group focuses on assisting companies in raising senior debt, subordinated debt, equity and advises companies on mergers and acquisitions. The Edmonds Group also represents lenders and private equity funds in evaluating and closing transactions in the alarm industry. Services include consulting with clients on alarm industry valuations and lending multiples, helping them evaluate key business risks, develop clear business strategies, determine the appropriate amount of capital required and ascertain the optimal capital structure.

Edmonds was the co-founder and former CEO of SLP Capital, the leading specialty lender to the alarm industry at the time of its sale early last year to CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE). Edmonds has extensive experience in middle market financing, investment banking and consulting. In addition to his time at SLP, Edmonds spent four years as an investment banker with PaineWebber in New York, during which time he closed over $2 billion in financings. Mr. Edmonds has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.

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