Bottom Line Takes Hit in Q1 Courtesy of Supply Chain Woes

Though’s Q1 revenues rose 19% to $205M, hardware and shipping costs increased dramatically, resulting in a price increase for Q2.

TYSONS, Va. — Big increases in component costs and higher logistics costs that include air freight and fuel prices affected the bottom line for (Nasdaq: ALRM) in its latest quarterly report.

The company reported higher revenues to $205.4 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 19.1%. However, the company’s bottom line EBITDA was down 16% to $29.9 million, albeit still higher than executives were expecting. Its hardware margins alone was halved from its previous 22% to just 11%. As such, announced a price increase is set for Q2.

“We’re pleased with the level of demand for our products and services that we saw in the first quarter,” says Steve Trundle, president and CEO of “We navigated the many supply chain challenges during the quarter. We provided a high level of products to our service providers to support their subscriber additions, and incurred meaningfully higher shipping and inventory component costs while delivering higher Adjusted EBITDA than expected. Our research and development teams also delivered innovative, award-winning technology, including expanding our video analytics platform to address additional market segments.”

Trundle says the company absorbed the increased component and freight costs in Q1 that pressured its hardware gross margins, and as a result is facing in a second price increase of the year on select products.

CFO Steve Valenzuela adds more details, “Hardware gross margin was 11% for the first quarter, which was flat quarter-over-quarter and down from 22.3% during the same quarter last year. Hardware gross margins were lower than expected due to additional cost increases for components and higher shipping costs.

“We continue to ship more products by air freight to meet demand and shipping costs increased due in part to increasing fuel prices. As a result of these additional costs, we announced our second price increase this year on some of the hardware products. The pricing changes will mostly take effect later in the second quarter. Barring any additional economic impacts or supply chain disruptions, we expect hardware gross margins to improve from Q1 levels each quarter this year.”

Trundle notes, “Overall, my sense was that our partners [integrators] see a positive year developing, most of their concerns were focused on supply related issues, inflationary pressures and labor constraints rather than market challenges, competitors or product gaps.”

According to Trundle, one of the hottest segments for the company is the attachment of video to their intrusion systems.

“Consumers increasingly view security systems as the platform for an intelligent multi-device smart home. and our service providers are driving this trend and leading the industry, particularly in deploying video solutions. In 2021, our service provider partners attached video to nearly half of all new security and Smart Home accounts.”

That nearly 50% figure is much higher than the industry norm, according to Parks Associates, that shows about 30% of traditional home alarm systems have video surveillance attached.

In Q1, $123.2 million of’s revenues came from its SaaS and license monitoring fees, up from $107.4 million the previous year’s Q1. The company has $671.8 million in available cash.

The company says for the full year of 2022 it expects to hit its SaaS and license revenue targets in the range of $512.7 million to $513.3 million. Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $822.7 million to $853.3 million.

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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