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Mitie announces £14 million deal to acquire Vision Security Group from Compass

by Brian Sims

Mitie Group plc has agreed to acquire Vision Security Group Limited (VSG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compass Group plc. VSG is a leading security services provider offering integrated security systems, security guarding and key holding services. The business operates with a team of approximately 6,000 employees servicing more than 1,400 guarding locations and over 5,000 systems locations across the UK and Ireland.

The acquisition of VSG further strengthens the position of Mitie’s Total Security Management (TSM) business as one of the leading providers of integrated and risk-based security services in the UK. In particular, the combination of the two business will offer opportunities to accelerate the growth of Mitie’s premium technology-enabled and intelligence-led security solutions.

Phil Bentley

Phil Bentley

The consideration of £14 million – on a debt free, cash free basis – will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for final completion accounts, and will be funded through Mitie’s own cash resources.

VSG reported revenues of £192.1 million and pre-tax losses of £2.7 million in its statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2017. At that date, VSG had gross assets with a value of £42.4 million.

Although final accounts have not yet been closed, it’s expected that VSG will report modest profitability for the financial year ending 30 September 2018.

Jason Towse: leader of Mitie's security management business

Jason Towse: leader of Mitie’s security management business

Phil Bentley, CEO at Mitie, commented: “As a core part of Mitie, our security business has delivered a strong performance over the last three years, with sales growing by over 30%. This acquisition gives us the leadership position we seek in order to maximise value from our technology-led solutions.”

Jason Towse, managing director of Mitie TSM, added: “VSG is a well-respected brand in the security market with great clients and motivated front line colleagues and leaders who will complement our own offer. Together, we will create the largest intelligence and technology-enabled security business in the UK.”

The acquisition of VSG constitutes a Class 2 transaction for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules. The acquisition is expected to complete by the end of this month.

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