G4S plc UK DK : G4S plc UK DK : Interim Management Statement
7 May 2013
INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT
G4S, the world's leading secure outsourcing group, reports today on trading
for the year to date, including an overview of financial performance to 31
Overview of the financial performance for the three months to 31 March 2013
In the first three months of 2013, overall revenues compared to the same
period last year, grew by 7.5% at constant exchange rates and by 7.7% at
actual exchange rates. The group operating margin was around 0.6% lower
compared to the same period in 2012.
Overall organic growth was encouraging at 6%, with 12% in developing markets
and 4% in developed markets
*In secure solutions, organic growth was 6%, helped by a continued strong
performance in developing markets and UK government
*In cash solutions, organic growth was 3% overall. Developed markets
declined 1% and developing markets grew 14%.
Overall, the group margin was down around 0.6% due principally to continued
challenging economic and trading conditions in Continental Europe, ongoing
pricing pressure in the UK and Ireland cash solutions businesses, the mix
effect of new contracts starting up in UK Government and the impact of a £6m
charge in the African region relating mainly to the write-off of receivables.
The proposed closure of 30 prisons and other cost reductions by the
Netherlands Ministry of Justice will have a significant negative impact on the
group's Dutch business which provides staff to the prisons. For all of these
reasons, and despite ongoing business improvement plans, the first quarter
margin trends are expected to continue for the full year.
Acquisitions & Divestments
During the first three months of the year, the group invested £5m in
capability-building acquisitions such as the Deposita cash solutions business
in South Africa. The process for the sale of the US Government Solutions
business is underway and the group now intends to include its regulated secure
solutions business, which provides services to regulated markets such as
nuclear power, in the sale of the US Government Solutions business. RSS had
revenues of around £100m and profits of around £6m in 2012.
The group had committed credit facilities of £1,100m, of which £760m was
unutilised at 31 March.
The business has continued to achieve good underlying organic growth despite
continuing challenging macro-economic conditions in Europe.
The North American commercial businesses had an exceptionally strong
performance in 2012 and so, as expected, growth in the first quarter of 2013
was slightly lower. The UK government business continued to grow strongly,
helped by contracts started in 2012.
The group's developing markets businesses, which account for more than a third
of group profits, continue to achieve strong results and their organic growth
rates are expected to continue for 2013.
The macro-economic environment has affected developed markets margins and,
despite active business improvement plans which are being implemented, group
margins are expected to continue to be impacted adversely in the short term.
For further enquiries, please contact G4S plc:
Helen Parris - Director of Investor Relations +44 (0) 1293 554423
For Media enquiries, please contact
Adam Mynott - Director of Media Relations +44(0) 1293 554445
Piers Zangana - Media Relations Manager
David Allchurch/Ed Orlebar - Tulchan Group +44 (0) 207 353 4200
There will be an investor and analyst conference call at 8.30 am (UK time)
today. Participants should dial in 10 -15 minutes before the conference call
Telephone Dial-in Details
UK Toll free 0808 109 0700
Denmark Toll free 8088 8649
Standard International access +44 (0) 20 3003 2666
USA Toll free 1 866 966 5335
Password : G4S
A replay of thecall will be available for seven days after the event, details
Standard International Access : +44 (0) 20 8196 1998
Denmark Toll Free : 8088 7109
UK Toll Free : 0800 633 8453
USA Toll Free : 1 866 583 1035
Access Pin : 7923041
AGM & Dividend
The AGM will take place on 6 June 2013 and the final dividend of 5.54 pence
(DKK 0.473) per share is proposed for payment on 14 June 2013.
Capital Markets Day
On 25 June, G4S will be holding a Capital Markets Day in London for analysts
and institutional investors.
Half year results
Results for the six months to 30 June 2013 will be published on 28 August
Notes to Editors:
G4S is the world's leading secure outsourcing group, which specialises in
outsourced business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are
considered a strategic threat.
G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has a
secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S has operations in more
than 125 countries and more than 620,000 employees. For more information on
G4S, visit www.g4s.com.
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