ADT reports first quarter 2023 results

Strong year-over-year growth in revenue; CSB and Commercial up 7% and 15%, respectively, versus prior year period

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Maintained record-high customer retention and new record-high recurring monthly revenue balance

Improved capital efficiency with record revenue payback
Continued deleveraging with over $400 million debt reduction expected in 2023

ADT, the most trusted brand in smart home and small business security, today reported results for the first quarter of 2023.

Financial highlights for the first quarter of 2023 are listed below. Variances are on a year-over-year basis unless otherwise noted.

  • Total revenue of $1.6 billion, up 4%, and end-of-period recurring monthly revenue (RMR) of $378 million, up 4%
  • High customer retention with gross customer revenue attrition maintaining record low of 12.5%
  • Record revenue payback of 2.0 years
  • GAAP net loss of $90 million, or a loss of $(0.10) per diluted share, down $141 million, which includes $193 million negative impact from Solar segment goodwill impairment
  • Adjusted net income of $102 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, up $109 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $625 million, up $24 million or 4%
Jim DeVries

“Demonstrating the resiliency of our business model, we had a strong start to 2023 with continued momentum in generating revenue and cash flow growth,” said ADT President and CEO Jim DeVries. “Contributing to this momentum were a number of initiatives, including our Google partnership, the strength of our Commercial business and our execution plans for changing the trajectory in Solar. ADT remains on track for continued positive progress across all our businesses and advancing toward our 2025 goals.”

Business highlights

Foundation for growth
  • Continued growth of RMR: The end-of-period RMR balance was $378 million, representing a 4% increase over the prior year period. Approximately 80% of total Consumer and Small Business (CSB) and Commercial revenue was generated from this durable recurring revenue.
  • Maintaining record customer retention and improving revenue payback: With strong customer satisfaction, trailing 12-month gross customer revenue attrition was 12.5%, a 40-basis-point improvement versus the prior year period, and revenue payback ended the first quarter of 2023 at 2.0 years, reflecting a 0.3x year-over-year improvement.
  • Record Commercial performance: ADT Commercial delivered record adjusted EBITDA of $41 million and March was the best month in history.
Innovative offerings
  • ADT and State Farm begin pilot program: ADT and State Farm’s partnership advanced with the launch of the ADT Home Security Program pilot in Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. State Farm customers can enjoy greater peace of mind and proactive protection against common household perils, with professional smart home security installation and exclusive discounts. The pilot program is expected to expand to nine states by the end of 2023.
  • ADT Self Setup now available: In February, the company began selling the ADT Self Setup smart home security system for DIY customers, which integrates Google Nest smart home products with ADT security and life safety technology, through the convenient control of the new ADT+ app. Since launch, sales of ADT Self Setup have exceeded the company’s expectations.
Unrivaled safety
  • Alarm verification: ADT Self Setup customers who subscribe to ADT SMART Monitoring will now receive video from their enrolled Google Nest Cameras during an alarm event. With text verification through ADT Alarm Messenger, the company has reduced false alarms by more than 50%.
  • ADT Commercial sells first autonomous guarding solution: ADT Commercial completed its first pilot sale of the EvoGuard brand of autonomous intelligent guarding solutions. EvoGuard is aimed at helping to cost-effectively enhance corporate security programs, while responding to high turnover rates and ongoing labor shortages in the guarding market. ADT anticipates commercialization of the indoor drones later in 2023.
Premium experience
  • New ADT+ app: In January, ADT rolled out its new ADT+ app, an integrated platform that allows ADT Self Setup customers to access their enrolled ADT and Google Nest products in one place. The app provides customers with a more advanced and seamless experience across security, life safety, home automation and analytics through a common application.
  • Virtual Assistance now available for ADT Self Setup: The company further expanded Virtual Assistance to ADT Self Setup customers, providing DIY customers extra assurance from an ADT professional. Since its launch in 2021, more than 1 million ADT Virtual Assistance appointments have been delivered, creating more convenient customer experiences and reducing expenses related to in-home service and support.
Progress on our ESG journey
  • 2022 ESG Report highlights advancements: ADT published its 2022 ESG report to highlight progress across the company’s ESG pillars. The 2022 report is supplementary to the company’s 2021 ESG report.
  • Building safer gaming communities: In partnership with the Black Collegiate Gaming Association, ADT will secure Alabama State’s new gaming lab. This new lab gives students a safe place to innovate and continue making advancements in the continuously growing gaming and technology industries.
  • Sustainability Business Employee Resource Group: ADT introduced a tenth business employee resource group (BERG) for its employees with a focus on sustainability. The Sustainability BERG aims to empower ADT employees to promote environmental stewardship, social responsibility and good governance.

Click to watch Ken Porpora and Elizabeth Landers discuss ADT’s first quarter earnings report.

2023 financial outlook

ADT is reiterating its financial guidance for 2023:

(in millions)
Total Revenue $6,600 - $6,850
Adjusted EBITDA $2,525 - $2,625
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $525 - $625

Read the complete earnings report with financial results and complete tables with footnotes.

Conference call

As previously announced, management will host a conference call at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss ADT’s first quarter 2023 results and lead a question-and-answer session.

Participants may listen to a live webcast through the investor relations website at A replay of the webcast will be available on the website within 24 hours of the live event.

Alternatively, participants may listen to the live call by dialing 1-888-660-6144 (domestic) or 1-929-203-0865 (international) and requesting the ADT First Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call. An audio replay will be available for two weeks following the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-800-770-2030 (domestic) or 1-647-362-9199 (international) and providing the passcode 5974526.

A slide presentation highlighting ADT’s results will also be available on the Investor Relations website. From time to time, ADT may use its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding the company is routinely posted on and accessible at


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About ADT
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