Securitas aims to double security solutions and electronic security business by 2023

At the company’s Investor Day held in Stockholm on Thursday 5 December, Securitas presented a new ambition for its security solutions and electronic security business: to double in size to approximately £3.24 billion by 2023. The company also updated its official financial targets.

The earnings per share target of an annual increase of 10% over a cycle remains, while the free cash flow to net debt target of 0.20 is replaced by a net debt to EBITDA target of on average 2.5. A new target related to cash flow is introduced: operating cash flow of 70%-80% of operating income. The dividend policy of distributing 50 to 60% of net income remains unchanged.

Securitas is leading the transformation of the global security industry from a traditional guarding model to encompass a wide range of protective services, including on-site, mobile and remote security guarding, electronic security, fire and safety and corporate risk management. These protective services are either sold on a stand-alone basis or combined as security solutions for clients.

In the full year 2018, security solutions and electronic security sales represented 20% (circa BSEK 20) of total Group sales and delivered an operating margin of approximately 10%.

Securitas also presented its strategy for the coming years. The organisations wishes to become an ‘Intelligent Protective Services Partner’ by focusing on several key areas: client engagement, protective services leadership, innovation and efficiency.

“Our transformation firmly puts us in place to reinforce our leadership position in the security industry,” observed Magnus Ahlqvist, Securitas’ president and CEO. “We’re acting from a position of strength and we see new opportunities within a large, growing and changing market. We have clear targets to drive long-term value creation for clients and shareholders and we have the organisation, leaders and people in place ready to execute our plans.”

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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.

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