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ADT inc (NYSE:ADT)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings, and welcome to ADT's Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Jill Greer. Thank you. You may begin.

Jill Greer -- Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

Thanks, operator, and good morning everyone. We appreciate you joining ADT's third quarter earnings call, which we'll also use to discuss our pending acquisition of Sunpro. Speaking on today's call will be ADT's President and CEO, Jim DeVries; and our CFO and President of Corporate Development, Jeff Likosar. Jim will provide an overview of our recent performance and discuss our growth strategy and the pending Sunpro acquisition. Jeff will then cover our financial performance. Joining us for Q&A are our Chief Operating Officer, Don Young; and Ken Porpora, EVP of Finance.

Earlier this morning, we issued a press release and slide presentation of our financial results and also a separate release with the details of the Sunpro transaction. These materials are available on our website at investor.adt.com.

Before we start, I do need to tell you that today's remarks include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may cause differences are described in our SEC filings.

We'll also include non-GAAP financial measures on the call. For a complete reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to our earnings press release.

And with that, I'll turn the call over to Jim.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jill, and welcome, everyone, to our call. This is an exciting day for ADT as we announced just this morning where we have reached an agreement to acquire one of the largest residential solar companies in the country, Sunpro, in an all-stock deal. ADT will be expanding our residential footprint into the fast-growing residential solar space. Jeff will be covering our third quarter financial results in more detail shortly, but I'd like to share a few highlights of the quarter from my perspective. First, the impact from our growth initiatives is reflected in our revenues with RMR additions up 7% for the quarter and 19% to-date. Second, the rebound in our commercial business continues with revenues up nearly 18% over last year. Third, we're making good progress on the innovation front with the Google relationship continuing to move forward and just recently an exciting new partnership with DoorDash, which leverages our in-house developed mobile platform. Fourth, 3G replacements. Our outstanding field operation leaders and technicians have executed well on our 3G objectives. We have successfully completed 85% and remain on track for full completion for AT&T customers by the February 2022 sunset date. Finally, overall, we remain on track to deliver on our 2021 commitments, while simultaneously building a solid platform for future growth.

Regarding our growth platform, I want to spend some time talking about the transformation we're executing at ADT and how our move into the residential solar segment complements our strategy. ADT is an iconic, extraordinary brand, one that is underpinned by the trust our customers place in us. Historically, our brand has been centered around in-home security. ADT is evolving to more of a lifestyle and consumer technology brand. A brand that will deliver safe, smart and sustainable solutions for our ADT customers by focusing on safety, automation and energy management.

Our Google partnership, along with our new solar footprint provides us with a much larger presence in the home automation and energy management markets and our strategic steps to broadening ADT's total addressable market. These are fast-growing segments with tech-forward [Phonetic] as well as eco-friendly aspects that appeal to a broad range of customers. Additionally, the strategic partnerships we've formed over the past few years are an integral part of the evolution, from our Google relationship, which provides a path for best-in-class products, technology and analytics, to new alliances such as Redfin and DoorDash, which are expanding ADT's offering beyond the home. We're in the middle of an exciting transformation.

Expanding our residential offerings into the growing Solar segment is a logical next step, adding a new dimension to the integrated experience our customers want. Demand for residential solar has grown exponentially in the past several years as consumer acceptance of solar has increased and pricing has become more attractive. And with Solar, we see a path for significant growth ahead as the market is already at $15 billion with only 3% home penetration. In addition to the savings and peace of mind that come with Solar, there are of course significant environmental benefits. The average residential solar system offsets about 100,000 pound of carbon dioxide in 20 years. That's the equivalent of driving a car for over 100,000 miles.

We're extremely optimistic for what solar can bring to ADT's future and we are confident we have the perfect partner in Sunpro. Sunpro's, Founder and CEO, Marc Jones, his talented management team, and their 3,600 plus employees have built a great customer-focused company, while simultaneously executing a proven growth strategy. We're excited to bring Solar into our ADT family, will now be branded as ADT Solar. A point worth reiterating, Marc Jones and the selling shareholders are taking their consideration in ADT stock, demonstrating their conviction regarding the ADT go-forward story. Given our size, scale, and partnerships, we anticipate ADT Solar to be immediately one of the leading players in the residential solar market with the most recognized brand in the segment. ADT's national scale will provide a unique platform to accelerate ADT Solar's penetration into other markets, beyond the Gulf region and Western states where Sunpro currently operates.

With over 6 million ADT customers, we will have the ability to now cross-sell solar and importantly, the opportunity to bundle ADT packages for security, home automation and energy management. In particular, combining cross-selling with ADT's industry-best network of accomplished dealer partners, many of whom already have experience selling solar, we have the opportunity to significantly reduce acquisition costs for both our Solar and CSB segments.

Regarding the formal solar acquisition, we're in the process of securing regulatory approval and we expect the transaction to close before year-end. We expect it to be positive to EBITDA and free cash flow immediately and accretive to EPS during the first 12 months. The acquisition will be funded through a $160 million of cash used to pay debt and seller's shareholder taxes and by issuing 77.8 million shares of ADT common stock. The deal price is very attractive and values Sunpro at approximately 10 times next 12 months EBITDA.

An additional point to note, Sunpro has a minimal amount of capex. After closing, ADT Solar will operate as a wholly owned ADT subsidiary and therefore become a separate segment, similar to our commercial business. Therefore, the initial integration will be minimal, enabling us to quickly implement our cross-selling and dealer initiatives, while also maintaining our momentum in other parts of the business.

We're planning for 2022 to be a key year for our Google partnership as we deliver upgraded and enhanced hardware, software, and monitoring solutions. Our ADT and Google teams are working closely together to ensure that we deliver a consistent high-quality experience for our customers, both in the coming months and long-term.

We continued to make good progress over the past quarter with Google, and look to launch the Doorbell nationally in January, with cameras and thermostats shortly thereafter. Our timeline ensures that despite supply chain challenges, we will have sufficient supply on hand to meet expected customer demand. On our current timeline and assuming supply chain constraints are manageable, the work of our joint product and engineering teams are tracking to sequentially release additional pro-install and DIY solutions during the course of the year.

We are confident that our complete suite of innovative, integrated Google products, when combined with our next-generation app and technology platform will be transformative for ADT, unlocking new functionality and expanding utility for our customers. We're looking forward to sharing more of our exciting initiatives with all of you at our upcoming Investor Day.

So in closing, we continue to put in place the right building blocks for our long-term growth strategy. We initiated a shift several years ago with strategic moves into commercial security and focusing more assertively on smart home automation. Our next phase will unfold with the formal Google product launch in the coming months and with our expansion into the residential solar market, both of which will accelerate ADT's transformation to becoming the safe, smart and sustainable provider of choice.

And now, I'll turn it over to Jeff to cover the third quarter in more detail.

Jeff Likosar -- Chief Financial Officer and President, Corporate Development

Thank you, Jim, and thank you, everyone, for joining our call today. With more than three quarters of the year complete, we continued to demonstrate solid performance from our growth initiatives and our broader operational execution. Our increased investment in customer acquisition continued to deliver very strong results, with gross additions to recurring monthly revenue or RMR, up 7% year-over-year for the third quarter, and up 19% year-to-date. The resulting RMR base grew to $356 million, which is an increase of $15 million versus last year and represents almost $4.3 billion of durable annual revenue. We remain on pace to achieve our mid-teens full year growth objective for new additions to gross RMR.

Total company third quarter revenue was just over $1.3 billion with adjusted EBITDA at $554 million. Our year-to-date performance on these measures is tracking ahead of our original plans and we have improved our full year outlook with newly updated ranges toward the upper end of our previous ranges.

RMR growth improved commercial performance in general cost controls all contributed positively to our results through the first three quarters. Offsetting headwinds versus 2020 included a non-cash effect of our ownership model changes, technology investments and higher service cost trends, which we have improved in recent months. As the only large-scale national player in our space, we acquire customers through several diverse channels and sales tactics. Our dealer channel has been particularly strong throughout 2021 and has contributed a larger percentage of new RMR additions than we planned. Dealer generated accounts delivered solid returns and included attrition protection for the first 13 months. Due to our strong customer retention overall, our average customer tenure is more than seven years. This is significantly beyond our 2.3 year trailing 12-month revenue payback and illustrates the long tail [Phonetic] benefit of our growth strategy.

On a segment basis, the highlight in consumer and small business or CSB, has been our very strong RMR additions. We again grew net subscriber count in the quarter and our customers are increasingly selecting more integrated and comprehensive smart home systems. Interactive customers now make up nearly 60% of our total CSB subscriber base, helping drive an increase in average revenue per unit. CSB monitoring and services revenue at $976 million increased by 4% versus last year.

Installation and other revenue declined as expected, reflecting the non-cash effect of ownership model changes and integration of Defenders. Because we completed the transition earlier this year, the year-over-year effect of these non-cash items will be significantly reduced next year.

We also continue to improve performance in our commercial segment. Third quarter Commercial revenue grew by 18%, with installation and other up 19%, and monitoring services up 17%. We expanded our EBITDA margin rate versus last year, while continuing to balance near-term results with a long-term focus. We achieved these results, while navigating supply chain dynamics in Commercial which caused some challenges on installation timelines for certain jobs. Overall, we are pleased with the recovery in Commercial after a challenging 2020 and we are optimistic about our trajectory.

Turning to cash flow and the balance sheet, cash generation remains a priority even as we invest in subscriber and RMR growth and our next-generation platform. Adjusted free cash flow was $289 million through the first nine months of the year. We are narrowing our full year guidance range to $450 million to $500 million as we continue to prioritize investments in RMR growth and account for the mix shift toward dealer generated accounts I mentioned earlier.

Another highlight in the quarter, as discussed in our last call, was the July refinancing of our $1 billion 2022 notes with new 2029 notes. With our balance sheet efforts over the past several quarters, we have addressed our near-term maturities and meaningfully reduced our cost of debt. Our weighted average maturity is now approximately 5.5 years with no debt maturing until the middle of 2023. We remain very comfortable with our capital structure overall.

To summarize the discussion of our results, I'm very pleased with our progress this year and resulting momentum in the business. As planned, our overall revenue and growth initiatives are expanding our RMR base and CSBs, and our Commercial business is recovering well versus last year's challenges. We also continue to advance long-term objectives that will shape our future. These all support a 2022 that improves on our 2021 results.

Additionally, our acquisition of Sunpro is a great next step for ADT, as Jim described. It broadens our residential portfolio, features several characteristics complementary to our existing business and provides an exciting platform to accelerate our growth. The financial profile of Sunpro is more like our commercial business within CSB, including relatively low capital intensity and high rate of cash flow conversion. With almost $700 million of revenue during the past 12 months, which has grown at a compounded rate in excess of 100% since 2017, we are expecting Sunpro to immediately contribute to our growth in revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted free cash flow. We are very excited by the Sunpro business and we look forward to completing the acquisition process during the coming weeks.

We are now planning to host our Investor Day in the first quarter of next year where we will share more details about the Sunpro acquisition, our overall growth strategy, our longer term financial framework and guidance for 2022.

Thank you for joining our call today, and thank you for your support of our company. Operator, please open the call for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Gary Bisbee with Bank of America Securities. Please proceed with your question.

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hey, guys, good morning. Some exciting news there. I guess, let me start with a question on Sunpro. The -- obviously it's grown dramatically. But can you give us a sense how profitable is it right now, and when you think about growth over the next few years, how are you thinking about that? Is it -- is that 100% CAGR sort of sustainable, or do you think that the business is likely to slow as it matures in the next couple of years? Thanks.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Gary. It's Jim. I'll give a couple of just contextual responses more at a strategic level and ask Jeff to comment as well. Obviously, we're super excited by the acquisition, all the opportunities. We're especially excited given the growth that they've had, positive EBITDA and cash flow. We've been attracted to the solar space for some time. For us, this is an opportunity to increase TAM in an adjacent market and really accelerate our growth. We were attracted to the industry for all the reasons you would expect. There is a massive shift underway driving the residential solar adoption, overall transition to renewable energy. We were specifically attracted to Sunpro for a handful of reasons. Their management team is first-grade, fantastic customer service. And we think we can bring some assets to the party that are from ADT that can further accelerate the growth, leveraging our brand, cross-selling to our base, cross-selling to our new subscribers and bringing scale advantages that ADT has and that Sunpro will be able to leverage. So I'll -- and I'll ask Jeff to address some of your specific questions.

Jeff Likosar -- Chief Financial Officer and President, Corporate Development

Yes, same here. We are very, very excited about the space, the expanded footprint, the larger size of market available to us. One of the attractions is that they have been very fast-growing company, but have been profitable, generated positive cash during that growth. And implicit in our comments where we talked about we -- approximately multiple, you can infer from that that we're anticipating forward EBITDA in $80 million range we shared in our materials.

Their trailing 12-month revenue is a little bit less than $700 million. They've grown during the year, so the run rate from a revenue perspective is approaching $1 billion. Strong cash conversion and we're expecting continued growth. We're very excited by the contribution and what it means for our future and then we'll of course share more detail once we get the transaction closed, concurrent with the rest of 2022 guidance.

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Okay, great. And just maybe another follow-up on that, so I understand how you could likely have a meaningful impact on their ability to acquire customers. Beyond that how do you think about synergies? Jim, I think you did say help SAC in both directions. So I don't know if there is an obvious play as to how it can help core ADT and beyond that are there other synergies we should think about that you think supports the transaction? Thank you.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure thing, Gary. It's principally a revenue synergy play for us. There is more definitely some cost take-out opportunities much a bit in negotiating with supply chain, helping with things like talent acquisition, just bringing the scale that ADT has to bear on a meaningfully smaller company. So we think we can get some margin expansion by deploying those cost synergies, but principally the big opportunity for us is on revenue synergies. The -- what I mentioned early, the opportunity to cross-sell into our base, the opportunity to cross-sell to new subscribers, we're looking at some really interesting things around bundling smart home and solar together. We've done a good bit of research with our base with solar in tenders, with non-solar in tenders. We know that our brand plays incredibly well and we're bullish both on the revenue synergy side and then there is some cost synergies to pick up as well.

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great, thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from George Tong with Goldman Sachs. Please proceed with your question.

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning. On the Sunpro acquisition, just to touch on the last point on revenue synergies, you talked about the opportunity to cross-sell into the base and to bundle. Can you potentially give us a quantification of how much this acquisition can lift underlying growth both at ADT and at Sunpro?

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Actually, George, we're not -- beyond what Jeff shared, we are not ready to give guidance on 2022. We think we purchased this at a really attractive price, about 10 times forward EBITDA, so that implies an EBITDA next year of about $80 million. But beyond that, we're not ready to share specific numbers. The only other thing that I will share though is we have a number of our dealers who are currently selling solar. Obviously, it's not ADT Solar. They've got relationships with other companies, but the cross-sell experience has been really successful and really inspires confidence in us that we're going to, both in direct and dealer be able to cross-sell to the base and new subs. We're not ready to give specific numbers today that will be embedded in the 2022 guide. We'll share much more at Investor Day in Q1. But beyond that, not more than $80 million in EBITDA next year.

Jeff Likosar -- Chief Financial Officer and President, Corporate Development

And one thing I'd add -- George, I'll add to that, we evaluated the company, a variety of different financial models as you can imagine. We effectively underwrote it without necessarily counting on synergies. Jim says we think we bought it for a good price, that's true. I mean, it's especially true if we model in synergies. I also wanted to emphasize that the sellers' consideration is via ADT stock. So it became clear in the conversations and part of buying for a good price that the sellers were highly attracted to ADT stock. So that also doesn't quantify the synergies, but it just gives you a sense that both parties are highly attracted to -- what the two firms can do together.

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Got it. That's helpful. And then looking at revenue payback, it looks like revenue payback 1 times to 2.3 times in the quarter that compares with 2.2 times last quarter and 2.2 times last year. And you also narrowed the free cash flow guidance range to reflect more of a focus on growth. So given those moving parts, can you talk about your overall efficiency and the acquiring customers are you seeing improving efficiency or any changes in how efficiently you are able to deploy your SAC?

Ken Porpora -- Executive Vice President, Finance

Hey, George. It's Ken Porpora here. I'll take that one if it's all right. As the guys mentioned, we're up 7% year-over-year in RMR growth. Again, last year with COVID impact, I actually look at it versus 2019 as well. Versus 2019, we're up about 17%. So good growth in the topline RMR added. What you are seeing there is yes, some of the payback you see at 2.1 times to 2 times to 2.3 times, lot of it is our dealer mix. Dealers are having a killer year and a killer quarter. Direct is up as well. But dealers, that mix is a little more expensive for us, but if you think about the economic returns, these are healthy returns and we're happy with all of that additional RMR added that we're getting that pushed the 2.2 times up to 2.3 times. This -- the average customer life extends over eight years, so good economic pieces.

If you think about the future and where we can bring some of the efficiency and kind of where you're going with it, the revenue payback over time, especially with some of the bundling of products, the Google innovation that we have going, as well as thinking forward now with solar, it brings opportunities, just bring greater efficiencies and greater upsells from a revenue standpoint, as well as cost efficiencies. So again, we like where we're at right now, good, strong economic returns, but still have some legroom to improve as time passes.

Jeff Likosar -- Chief Financial Officer and President, Corporate Development

And George, I'll add. You mentioned guidance. We're really pleased with our performance this year and executing overall as planned. We -- as you know, we tightened, our range is toward the higher end of our initial range on revenue and adjusted EBITDA. Due to the RMR growth that, in many respects, come from the SAC investment, so it uses, look at the year-on balance and while we're able to do that, our RMR adds up in the mid-teens. The balance is up $15 million. That equates to $100 million annualized, the revenue at the higher end, EBITDA at the higher end, we closed some finished line on 3G and LTE Commercial underway. While we have a couple of months left, we're very pleased with our performance during the year.

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Very helpful, thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Toni Kaplan with Morgan Stanley. Please proceed with your question.

Jeff Goldstein -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hey guys this is actually Jeff Goldstein on for Tony. In the slides you mentioned that MNS revenue benefited from an increase in average pricing, is that more given the mix shift toward interactive products, or are you also getting price on a like-for-like basis across your services? Just how should we think about the pricing environment overall, especially in the face of rising inflation in the market as a whole right now?

Ken Porpora -- Executive Vice President, Finance

Jeff, largely, it's an increase in some of the interactive services, especially video take rates are high, continue to be up quarter-on-quarter, year-on-year. The average price of some of our base services continues to be pretty confident at this point. But we are looking at some of our service revenues for high material facility going and service the customer in their home, we are taking a harder look at that and what we charge for some of that billing. But the main increase that you're seeing there is the mix in interactive, specifically video.

Jeff Goldstein -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Okay, fair enough. And then, I'm curious on the labor side. Are you running into issues either around employee turnover or ability to find new tax? And if that is the case, do you think you'd sacrifice any revenue because you couldn't find the labor, and then any expectation on your end when you would expect any labor pressures, if there are any to this day going forward? Thanks.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, Jeff, it's Jim. It's -- so labor is absolutely an area of focus for us. I think in the US there is now something over 9 million open jobs, like many employers who are working through talent acquisition strategies across a broad range of our positions, technicians, sales, customer care. I would say to date, labor shortages have had a immaterial impact on sales, immaterial impact on our technicians and ability to install, but it's a daily challenge for us, and part of the problem isn't just lack of candidates, but a mismatch between the skills of the candidates available and those that we need. So net-net, labor and a tight labor market are on our radar screen as is talent acquisition, making sure that we've got an attractive employee value proposition has never been more important. To date, no material impact for us.

Jeff Goldstein -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Got it. Thanks for the color.

Operator

Our next question is from Ashish Sabadra with RBC Capital Markets. Please proceed with your question.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. So Jim, as you mentioned, ADT has embarked on several initiatives over the last several years, including Commercial, DIY, Google, and now Sunpro. Can you just comment on the management bandwidth who manage so many different initiatives? And maybe just a follow-up to that could be also, are there areas such as commercial security which may not be as core with the Google, DIY and Sunpro. So are there areas where you think that could be potential right for -- potential areas for divestiture as well? Thanks.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So Ashish, from a management bandwidth perspective, we've been incredibly fortunate that the companies that we acquire have the management teams, the leadership teams of those organizations have joined and stayed with ADT. That's the case in the acquisition of DIY, that's the case with Red Hawk, that's the case with a number of tuck-in acquisitions that we've done in Commercial, and we feel really good about the Sunpro leadership team joining ADT going forward. And in addition to that we'll be operating ADT Solar really semi-autonomously. The integration will be pretty limited. We want to ensure that the organization is getting all of the benefits of ADT, that stays nimble and focused on growth. And I think from a combination of retaining the leadership talent at Sunpro as with our Commercial acquisition, and operating the business without a heavy lift in integration, we're going to be able to handle it from a bandwidth perspective.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

That's very helpful color. And maybe, if you could just also address the question on the portfolio rationalization? Are there, you believe, certain businesses within ADT which may not be as core, given the focus on the residential business?

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

You broke up a little bit there, but I think you were asking about the prospects of divestiture of any of the businesses that are non-core. And for us today, we're continually doing a portfolio review, the businesses that we're in, DIY, Commercial, obviously our core residential and Sunpro, there's no immediate plans, no serious conversation about divestiture. We're always contemplating how to unlock value for our shareholders. So while it's not on the radar screen today, perhaps someday in the future, but we think that, Ashish, there is a lot of advantages to having these businesses together, and at least today, as we look at the landscape, can't really see a divestiture scenario.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

That's very helpful color. Thank you very much.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Brian Ruttenbur with Imperial Capital. Please proceed with your question.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Yes, thank you very much. Congratulations on the acquisition and the quarter. So just going back a little history, you've gone from a security company to a home automation company. You're now into Solar, and I totally get that. But what's next, what pieces are you missing? Do you need to add hardware, do you need to add additional services, is it more video? Can you tell us what you're missing out of the portfolio and where the future is of ADT?

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, we're feeling pretty, Brian, where we stand today. We're looking at opportunities to increase TAM [Phonetic] in adjacent markets. Auto is an area that we kick tires on a bit, we're looking at some interesting things around use cases, expanding use cases to leverage our mobile product. Health is an area that we've contemplated. But we feel pretty good about the existing portfolio. A lot of the innovative effort now is really on how do we improve our existing product. As you know, we're building our own interactive that -- product called the ADT Plus will be unveiled and integrated with Google at the end of 2022, and we're doing a lot of work around monitoring and smart monitoring, working to improve that product and really retrod the industry. So I conclude, while there is not -- we don't see a hole in our lineup, but we see opportunities to continue to innovate to make what we've got better.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Great, thank you. As a follow-up, talking about -- but you kind of led in with my Google update. So you have a partnership agreement with alarm.com, I believe, until mid 2022. Are you going to need to extend that, are you going to have the Google software ready to go, ADT Google partnership ready to go by kind of mid 2022 or -- just give me a roadmap a little bit and the timing of that?

Don Young -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Yes. So Brian, this is Don. The partnership with ABC will continue into the foreseeable future. We got a lot of customers that are in both the Pulse and on the Command & Control platform that will stay on those platforms until sometime in the future. It makes sense to perhaps upgrade them, but we'll continue to partner, we'll continue to develop and mature those platforms. At the same time, we're looking forward to rolling out our own interactive platform, of which we've had some recent success launching for our DIY customers on November 2. We're actually well ahead of plan in rolling out that platform and it was a seamless deployment. So we're really bullish and excited about the things that we did with the rollout in 2022. Can't get into the specifics, as to milestone, but soon we'll able to go ahead and discuss it on our Investor Day.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Just a follow-up on that Don, real quick, on the November 2 you start rolling it out to, is it more beta or is it actual live to DIY customers?

Don Young -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

No, it's live. We have a little over 100,000 DIY customers that were using an older version of the platform, but we -- since replaced with the newer platform, the one that we intend to use or what we call DIFM customers in the future. It was always our plan to go ahead and not experiment, but to still have the phase test that with a handful of live customers, and I'm happy to say that we're about 10 days into it now almost, and we have had no issues whatsoever.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Great, thank you.

Jill Greer -- Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

Thanks, Don. That's going to wrap up the analyst portion of our call. I'm going to turn it back to Jim for quick closing comments.

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jill. So in closing, I'd like to extend my appreciation to our ADT employees and dealers. We had a strong quarter, a terrific quarter. I'm proud of your collective efforts. Of course, I'd like to formally welcome Sunpro to our ADT family, couldn't be more excited for this next phase of our growth and the launch of ADT Solar. So thank you. Thank you as well for everyone joining our earnings call this morning. We're optimistic about finishing the year strong as well as ADT's future and looking forward to the growth ahead. Have a good day everybody, and thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 38 minutes

Call participants:

Jill Greer -- Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

Jim DeVries -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Likosar -- Chief Financial Officer and President, Corporate Development

Ken Porpora -- Executive Vice President, Finance

Don Young -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Jeff Goldstein -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

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