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GE Capital Sells Stake in Security Firm

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San Ramon, CA -- GE Capital, one of four major units of General Electric Company, has sold its entire stake in SAFE Security, one of the nation's largest security alarm companies, to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners LP.

As part of the transaction, Bank of America has provided a $25 million senior credit facility. Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners has invested an undisclosed amount of new equity capital in SAFE Security and has assumed a majority ownership position. SAFE Security's founder and CEO, Paul Sargenti, also will retain a significant ownership interest.

"This transaction marks a new beginning for SAFE Security, one that will build upon a solid foundation, unleash the company's growth potential and provide us with an ability to offer an even wider array of quality products and services to our customers nationwide," said Sargenti, who founded the company in 1988. "By enhancing our financial flexibility, SAFE Security will be in an excellent position to execute on its long-term growth plan, which includes geographic expansion and strategic acquisitions."

"We are excited to be collaborating with Paul and his experienced and highly motivated management team," added Gabrielle E. Greene, general partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners. "We believe the injection of our resources and expertise will help to uniquely position SAFE Security for growth."

SAFE Security is among the largest security alarm companies in the United States, with operations in 44 states. It is involved in purchasing, financing and servicing residential and commercial security alarm monitoring contracts, as well as installing alarm systems.

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