The Securitas full year report for 2012 has been published, and the figures show zero organic growth for the year. This is claimed to be due to weak market conditions in many markets and negative organic sales growth in France, Portugal and Spain. The slowdown in organic and acquired sales growth has, combined with strong focus on cash flow and receivables, contributed to the strong free cash flow of MSEK 2086 in the Group in 2012. This has resulted in a free cash flow to net debt ratio of 0.21, thereby achieving the financial target of at least 0.20. The company also reported that operating margin for Security Services North America and Security Services Europe had gradually improved during the year. However, Security Services Europe and Mobile and Monitoring were impacted by one-off adjustments in the fourth quarter. The company implemented a restructuring and cost savings program that was executed from mid-October until mid-December impacted on the performance negatively.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.