G4S annual profit rises

European revenue up, North American revenue down.

A police SWAT team inspects the roof of the G4S cash depot in Vastberga, Stockholm. Credit: Getty Images.

British security solutions group G4S has reported a profit from continuing operations of £198m for the year, compared to £245m last year.

The group, which undertook a number of acquisitions in the year, posted revenue from continuing operations of £7.52bn in 2011.

During 2011, the group’s European revenue surged to £3.54bn, while the North American revenue decreased to £1.76bn. There was strong organic revenue growth in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and double-digit growth in India.

Of the total revenue, secure solutions, and cash solutions contributed £6.22bn and £7.52bn respectively during the year.

Nick Buckles, CEO of G4S, said: “Today we have announced our seventh consecutive year of underlying revenue, PBITA and dividend growth since G4S was formed in 2004. The business has performed well despite continued global economic uncertainty and has good trading momentum. We have delivered further strong organic growth of 9 per cent in developing markets."

Total comprehensive income for the year was £77m compared to £305m previous year. Operating cash flow was £449m in 2011, compared to £455m in 2010.

Buckles added: “Looking forward, we are encouraged by the performance and outlook for our US commercial and the UK government and commercial businesses. However, the outlook for our developed markets cash solutions and Continental European secure solutions businesses remains muted and we continue to focus on cost base control. More generally, we won and mobilised a number of significant contracts in 2011 and expect outsourcing trends to continue.”

In 2012, the company anticipates an improved organic revenue growth performance whilst continuing to maintain its discipline on margins for the full year and on meeting our cash generation targets.

“Overall, we are confident about the outlook for 2012 when we expect to deliver organic revenue growth higher than 2011 together with the additional contribution from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games contract. This confidence is underlined by the 8 per cent increase in our dividend,” Buckles concluded.