13 March 2013

G4S plc
Preliminary results announcement for the year ended 31 December 2012

Developing markets, outsourcing trends and an on-going focus on business improvement has continued to drive underlying growth despite challenging economic environment

Turnover - total£7,501m+10.4%£6,797m
Turnover - excluding Olympics*£7,297m+8.1%£6,750m
Organic growth*+6.9%
PBITA***- excluding Olympics*£516m+6.0%£487m
Operating margin*7.1%7.2%
Adjusted EPS21.2p+3.4%20.5p
EPS attributable to equity shareholders of G4S plc ****3.4p12.9p
Recommended total dividend per share8.96p5%8.53p
Cash conversion*95%84%

* excluding Olympic and Paralympic Games contract revenue of £204m (2011:£47m) and PBITA of £nil (2011:£3m)
**at constant exchange rates and adjusted for discontinued businesses
*** PBITA is defined as profit before interest, taxation, amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition-related costs and exceptional items
**** this includes exceptional items of  £88m related to the Olympic Games contract, £45m of restructuring costs and a £63m loss related to discontinued operations. For a full reconciliation please see p.23

Underlying sales up 8.1% and improved organic growth of c.7%. Adjusted EPS 21.2p (excluding the Olympic Games contract)

  • Organic growth of 10% in developing markets with revenue of £2,387m (33% of group total and targeting 50% by 2019) 

  • Group PBITA margin  of 7.1%  

  • Commenced new contracts of c.£200m annual value with the UK government in 2012 

  • Vanguarda, Brazil acquisition announced in September performing in line with expectations 

  • Olympic Games contract loss of £70m and related costs of £18m result in exceptional loss of £88m   

  • Following a strategic review, G4S' US Government Solutions business classified as held for sale  

  • Achieved annual cash conversion of 95%, exceeding target of 85%  

  • Based on the positive organic growth outlook, the recommended full year dividend has been increased by 5% to 8.96p  

Continued focus on business improvement

  • Service excellence centres have been established for core services: manned security and cash solutions - part of a programme to support gross margins and profit improvement initiatives 

  • Restructuring led to £35m annualised savings, with related costs of £45m which have been taken as an exceptional item, a large proportion of which relates to Continental Europe and restructuring of the  technology businesses in the Americas region 

Security remains core to global strategy and continues to provide growth opportunities

  • Strong global contract pipeline of £3.5bn per annum across a diverse range of sectors  

Nick Buckles, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

Our 2012 financial results reflect the significant exceptional costs associated with the Olympic contract and our overhead reduction programme together with the large impairment charge related to the discontinued US Government Solutions business.

Despite these issues, the underlying business has performed well in 2012 with an acceleration in organic turnover growth to 7% and with margins holding at over 7%. The acceleration in organic growth was due largely to a number of new North American commercial and UK government contracts and continued strong growth in developing markets and was achieved despite continued economic challenges in Europe.

Our developing markets business now accounts for a third of group revenues and continues to grow strongly and our recent acquisitions in Brazil, Vanguarda and Interativa, are performing well.

The breadth of our portfolio in over 125 countries continues to present many new growth opportunities and we continue to see good opportunities for outsourcing in key sectors such as government, financial institutions, aviation, oil and gas, mining and ports. Our market leading businesses, broad customer base and £3.5bn per annum contract pipeline give us confidence in the outlook for the group.

For further enquiries, please contact: +44 (0) 1293 554400

Nick Buckles         Chief Executive Officer
Trevor Dighton           Chief Financial Officer
Helen Parris         Director of Investor Relations

Media enquiries:

Adam Mynott         Director of Media Relations     +44 (0) 1293 554400
David Allchurch/Ed Orlebar     Tulchan Group       +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

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Notes to Editors:

G4S is the world's leading international secure outsourcing solutions group, which specialises in outsourced business processes and facilities 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 620,000 employees.  For more information on G4S, visit www.g4s.com.

Presentation of Results:

A presentation to investors and analysts is taking place today at 0900hrs at the London Stock Exchange.  



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Annual Report & Accounts
The company's annual report and accounts is due to be published week commencing 15 April 2013

Capital Markets Day
G4S will hold a Capital Markets Day in London on 21 May 2013

Annual General Meeting
The company's annual general meeting will be held in London on 6 June 2013



The results which follow have been prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted by the European Union (adopted IFRSs).  The revenue from the Olympic Games contract has been excluded from the tables on pages 4 to 14 unless otherwise stated.   The contract loss and additional costs resulted in a total loss of £88m which was booked as an exceptional item.

Group Turnover

Turnover of Continuing Businesses 2012 2011 
Turnover at constant exchange rates excluding Olympic Games contract7,2976,750
Exchange difference-169
Olympic Games contract20447
Total continuing business turnover7,5016,966

Turnover increased by 5.5% to £7,297 million or by 8.1% at constant exchange rates.  Organic turnover growth was 6.9%.                            


Organic Turnover Growth incl Olympic Games contract *EuropeNorth AmericaDeveloped MarketsDeveloping MarketsTotal
Secure solutions11%11%11%10%10%
Cash solutions-1%8%0%10%3%

* Calculated to exclude acquisitions and disposals, and at constant exchange rates

Organic Turnover Growth excl Olympic Games contract *EuropeNorth AmericaDeveloped MarketsDeveloping MarketsTotal
Secure solutions5%11%7%10%8%
Cash solutions-1%8%0%10%3%

* Calculated to exclude acquisitions and disposals, and at constant exchange rates

Group Profit

PBITA * of Continuing Businesses 2012 2011
PBITA at constant exchange rates excluding Olympic Games contract516487
Exchange difference-12
Olympic Games contract-3
Total continuing business PBITA516502
PBITA margin at constant exchange rates excluding Olympic Games contract7.1%7.2%

* PBITA is defined as profit before interest, taxation, amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition-related costs and exceptional items

PBITA was £516 million up 6.0% at constant exchange rates excluding the Olympic Games contract and up 2.8% in total at actual rates.  The PBITA margin was 7.1%.


Cash Flow and Financing

Cash Flow2012 2011 
Operating cash flow492421
Operating cash flow / PBITA (excluding associates)95%84%

Operating cash flow, excluding the Olympics contract, as analysed on page 25, was £492 million in the period, representing 95% of PBITA.  This exceeded our target of 85% through continual analysis of all aspects of the operating cash cycle to improve cash collections. Net cash invested in current year acquistions was £93 million.  Net debt at the end of the period, as analysed on page 24, was £1,802 million (December 2012: £1,616 million) which was impacted by an Olympic Games related receivable of £75 million which was received in February 2013.

Adjusted earnings per share

Adjusted earnings per share2012 excluding Olympics2011 excluding Olympics at constant exchange rates2011
PBITA from continuing operations516487502
Interest (before pensions)(104)(94)(95)
Tax (before pensions interest)(92)(88)(91)
Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders298288299
Average number of shares (m)1,4031,4051,405
Adjusted EPS (p)21.220.521.3

Adjusted earnings per share, reconciled to basic earnings per share on page 23, increased by 3.4% at constant exchange rates and remained broadly unchanged at actual exchange rates.


London 2012 Games Security Contract
In February 2013, the group announced that it had agreed a financial settlement with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in respect of the provision of the security workforce for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The terms of the settlement meant that the group incurred an overall loss on the contract of approximately £70 million, additional costs mainly relating to charitable donations and external fees of £11 million, and further sponsorship and marketing costs of £7 million, all of which were taken as an exceptional charge in 2012.

Restructuring Costs
During 2012 the group undertook a detailed review of the overhead structure across all reporting levels and geographies in order to maximise efficiency and eliminate duplication. Restructuring generated a headcount reduction of over 1,500 positions. This resulted in an exceptional cost of £45 million in the year as follows:

Headcount reductionPeople costs
Other Costs
Total Costs
Continental Europe25712820
North America132404
Developing Markets1,01910313
Head Office48235

This restructuring will result in annualised cost savings of around £35 million, whilst an additional £10 million has been invested in the Service Excellence Centres and in sales and marketing. The group plans to achieve further cost savings in the medium-term through procurement efficiencies and business process redesign.

Discontinued businesses       
Following a strategic review, the group has decided to divest its US Government Solutions business to a parent able to add or create more value than we are able to, being a non-US parent with restricted access to important commercial data and limited ability to manage the business and share best practice. Related turnover of
£468 million (2011: £542 million) and PBITA of £9 million (2011: £20 million) have been classified as discontinued and the sale is expected to complete in the next six months. The business' assets have been written down by £35 million to their estimated recoverable value.  Other businesses classified as discontinued include the Swedish cash solutions business, a justice services business in the US and the businesses in Poland, all of which have been sold in the year.


Secure solutions

TurnoverPBITAMarginsOrganic Growth
* At constant exchange rates2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 
Europe *2,7052,5831901927.0%7.4%5%
North America *1,3111,18276735.8%6.2%11%
Developing Markets *1,9911,7331521327.6%7.6%10%
Total secure solutions *6,0075,4984183977.0%7.2%8%
Exchange differences-127-8
At actual exchange rates6,0075,625418405

The secure solutions business performed well in the year with excellent organic growth of 8%, assisted by strong UK government, US commercial and developing markets growth. Margins were down slightly at 7.0% due to the effect of UK government contract phasing.


TurnoverPBITAMarginsOrganic Growth
* At constant exchange rates 20122011  2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 
UK & Ireland *1,3121,2001151168.8%9.7%8%
Continental Europe *1,3931,38375765.4%5.5%2%
Total Europe *2,7052,5831901927.0%7.4%5%

Organic growth in Europe was 5% and margins were down slightly at 7.0% due to the effect of UK government contract phasing.  

There was excellent organic growth of 8% in the UK & Ireland with the main growth drivers being the integrated services business, which provides facilities services to UK government and a growing number of commercial organisations, and the utilities services business which is consolidating its position as a leading meter reading and smart meter installation business.

Organic growth in the UK government sector was 13% and included major contract wins and extensions such as:

  • Total facilities management for the Ministry of Justice at more than 340 court buildings across the Midlands, Wales and the North of England which was mobilised in February 2012. 

  • The provision of transport and accommodation for asylum applicants for the UK Border Agency for two regions - the Midlands and the East of England and the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside which completed the transition from previous suppliers in December. This is a significant achievement as it was a complex mobilisation involving multiple stakeholders. 

  • Outsourcing services for Lincolnshire Police - the first contract of its kind to be awarded by a British Police Authority. This contract mobilised in April 2012 and the transition has gone extremely smoothly with excellent service delivery and will result in savings of £28m over ten years as well as enabling investment in new technologies. The Lincolnshire contract includes a framework agreement for ten other police forces and G4S is continuing to have discussions with a number of police forces regarding similar outsourcing propositions. 

  • The opening and on-going management of the newest and one of the largest prisons in the UK, HMP Oakwood which opened in April 2012 and which now holds over 1,200 prisoners. 

G4S has been selected by the Department of Work & Pensions to join only a handful of companies eligible to compete to deliver contact centre services across the UK. In addition, a five year contract to provide electronic monitoring in Scotland starts in April this year and G4S was recently granted a two year extension on the Medway Youth Training Centre contract until March 2015.  G4S Integrated Services has been awarded its largest FM contract in the healthcare sector for the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester and the Care & Justice Services business was awarded a contract to supply electronic monitoring equipment to the Ministry of Justice in France. The pipeline of UK government outsourcing opportunities remains strong, particularly in areas such as rehabilitation, facilities management, police and health sectors.  

The UK commercial business was awarded extensions to contracts with major corporates such as British Airways and Shell, the latter having awarded contracts at 50 additional sites in seven new countries in 2012. G4S Utility Services also won a number of significant smart meter installation and data management contracts for British Gas and other major utility providers.  The pipeline of new major commercial contracts remains strong in the UK, particularly within the media and financial sectors.

Trading conditions in Ireland remained challenging in 2012; however the bidding pipeline, especially in the area of security systems, looks encouraging for the remainder of the year.

The Continental Europe region performed reasonably against an uncertain economic backdrop.  Overall organic growth was 2%. The European parliament contract in Belgium ended in May 2012 but G4S Luxembourg was successful in winning the security contract for the European parliament in Luxembourg in April 2012. Margins were down slightly due to challenging economic conditions throughout the region. To counteract this, a number of efficiency initiatives were implemented which reduced direct and overhead employee headcount numbers by around 250, alongside a number of location closures throughout Europe. This will help support margins in Europe over the next 18 months.

Revenues for the security systems business, which accounts for around 20% of Continental European secure solutions revenues, were similar to the prior year.

There were some notable strong performances in the region - in Sweden, G4S won a secure solutions contract with AB Volvo from April 2012 for three years and the security systems business grew strongly. In addition there were contract wins in Belgium, Norway, Finland, Austria and Denmark for customers in government, retail, transportation and telecoms sectors.  The business in Greece has performed well despite the challenges of the economic crisis and several new contracts have started recently with organisations such as the US Embassy and Hellenic Petroleum.

Organic growth in most Eastern European markets has now stabilised to the low single-digit level overall, but there have been declines in Hungary and the Czech Republic offset by excellent growth in Ukraine and Uzbekistan. A significant contract has been won with a major steel manufacturer in Ukraine and contracts have also been won recently in Slovakia for companies in sectors such as manufacturing, electronics and retail. The group divested its businesses in Poland in September.

North America

TurnoverPBITAMarginsOrganic Growth
* At constant exchange rates20122011 20122011 20122011 2012 
North America *1,3111,18276735.8%6.2%11%

Organic growth in North America was strong at 11%, assisted by a strong performance in the US commercial business and the start-up of the CATSA aviation contract in Canada. Margins were lower compared to the prior year due to a decline in major infrastructure system projects.  The US security systems business worked on a number of systems integration projects for Tampa Airport, Iberdrola, and the Port of Tacoma and has a record order book representing more than 12 months' work in hand.

In the United States the commercial sector had its strongest year on record with a continuing positive outlook and a strong visible sales pipeline.  Recent contract awards have been in the technology, healthcare, distribution, chemical, manufacturing and retail sectors.  G4S commenced the provision of security solutions for a major automotive company from January 2012 valued at $70 million per annum for three years.  The group's largest commercial contract with Bank of America was extended until 2014 and G4S North America has been awarded a secure solutions contract with Google for some of its locations in the United States and data centres in Belgium and Finland. 

Additional examples of major contract awards include: worldwide security services for GE - building on a long-standing service relationship - and compliance and investigations services for Gallagher Bassett, where G4S will staff and manage the Special Investigations Unit responsible for investigating fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

The group has already taken steps to mitigate the cost impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) during 2013 and is evaluating the most effective way to mitigate the increase to the cost base thereafter.  Most of the health plans currently provided to G4S employees already meet the current requirements of the PPACA and so it is not expected to have a significant impact on US margins.

2012 was a challenging year for the group's US Government Solutions business as a result of a significant reduction in US federal government spending in both the US domestic government sector and in contracts for overseas landmine clearance.  The group has announced it has decided to divest the business to a parent able to add or create more value than G4S is able to, being a foreign parent with limited control over the operations of the business and restricted access to the data required to run the business successfully.

In Canada, the organic growth rate was more than 30% driven mainly by the CATSA aviation security contract which started on 1 November 2011. The contract is for security at 21 airports in the Pacific region of Canada and has expected revenue of more than CAD$ 400 million over the initial five-year term.

Developing Markets

TurnoverPBITAMarginsOrganic Growth
* At constant exchange rates2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 
Asia *67161539345.8%5.5%9%
Middle East *38137133318.7%8.4%5%
Africa *35732629318.1%9.5%9%
Latin America & Caribbean *58242151368.8%8.6%14%
Total Developing Markets *1,9911,7331521327.6%7.6%10%

In Developing Markets, revenue growth was 15% and organic growth was excellent at 10% with margins maintained overall.  

Organic growth in Asia was 9% and margins were up from 5.5% to 5.8% due to improved business performance in a number of countries.   There was strong organic revenue growth in Thailand, Philippines, China and Indonesia. The business in India, the largest market in the region for the group, has refocused its activity on high growth, higher margin contracts and achieved a good performance with double-digit revenue growth and strongly improved margins.  The group exited Pakistan during October 2012.

A manned security contract with the United Nations in Papua New Guinea started in August. There was modest revenue growth in Australia with recent wins including DP World and Bechtel and a new immigration contract offsetting the loss of the Western Australia prisoner transportation contract and there is positive growth momentum in Australia going into 2013. The offender monitoring contract in New Zealand was extended to the end of 2013.

In the Middle East, organic growth was 5% helped by double-digit growth rates in Lebanon and Egypt but was offset by weakness in some systems businesses in the region. Margins improved compared to the prior year due to one-off government legislated payments made in Saudi Arabia in H1 2011.  Recent contract wins include an electronic monitoring contract in Saudi Arabia and in UAE for the Abu Dhabi Educational Council and Dubai Airport. The group exited the US Embassy contract in Kabul, Afghanistan in July.

Africa performed strongly with organic growth of 9% particularly in Kenya, Morocco and DRC. Margins were lower at 8.1%, due to contract losses in Nigeria however the business appears to have stabilised there. New contracts won or renewed are mainly in key strategic sectors such as automotive, aviation, mining, oil and gas and foreign embassies, including the US embassy in the Ivory Coast. The current bidding pipeline in Africa is very strong - particularly in financial services, mining and embassies, with increasing numbers of both multi-country, pan-African and larger scale bids.  

The Latin America and Caribbean region has performed well with organic growth of 14% and improved margins as a result of strong performances across most countries.  There have also been a number of strategic contract wins, for example in the financial services, government, mining and oil and gas sectors. In September, the group announced it had extended its presence in Brazil significantly with the acquisition of Vanguarda, a leading security solutions provider which provides G4S with a manned security licence in Brazil. The group was also successful in bidding for security systems contracts in Brazil, winning a significant contract with Telebras and a contract for the Manaus football stadium.

Cash Solutions

TurnoverPBITAMarginsOrganic Growth
* At constant exchange rates20122011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 
Europe *780785788310.0%10.6%-1%
North America *114106524.4%1.9%8%
Developing Markets *396361524713.1%13.0%10%
Total Cash Solutions *1,2901,25213513210.5%10.5%3%
Exchange differences-42-5
At actual exchange rates1,2901,294135137

The cash solutions business delivered a solid performance overall with organic revenue growth of 3% despite the continuation of low interest rates having a negative impact on developed markets growth opportunities. Overall margins were maintained at 10.5%, with improvements in North America and developing markets margins offset by the impact of contract phasing in Europe.

Organic growth in Europe declined by 1%. In the UK & Ireland, revenues declined by 1% as a result of the loss of two ATM contracts in the middle of 2011 which also impacted margins. Performance began to improve towards the end of the year as three major new contracts commenced and as a result of a cost reduction programme in Ireland. The new contracts are for financial institutions providing outsourcing of cash processing, cash machine replenishment and engineering at bank branches and remote sites. The engineering is provided on a full 24/7 basis - an industry first.

Outside the UK, margins improved through strong underlying business performance and cost cutting measures. In Sweden, the cash solutions business was sold in February 2012.  Elsewhere in Continental Europe, organic growth was positive, helped by product development in the Netherlands, strong performances across all services in Belgium and productivity improvements in Finland. Serbia achieved double-digit growth.

In North America, the performance of the cash solutions business in Canada was improved through stronger alignment in key sectors with the Canadian secure solutions business in the first half of 2012.  This has resulted in contract awards and extensions with key customers in the retail and financial services sectors.

Organic growth in Developing Markets was good at 10% and margins improved slightly overall due mainly to an improved performance in the Middle East cash solutions businesses. In particular the businesses in Saudi Arabia and UAE achieved an improved performance and excellent growth.  Strong margins were achieved in Hong Kong, aided by successfully negotiating price increases with a number of key customers. In Ecuador, three leading financial institutions - Banco Bolivariano, Banco Internacional and Produbanco - have selected G4S to provide cash-in-transit services to more than 250 bank branches around the country. With services set to begin in May 2013, the seven year contract has an overall value of £26m. In South Africa, in January 2013 G4S acquired Deposita the South African market leader in cash devices and related cash-in-transit, cash processing and insurance services for the retail sector. The Deposita technology will broaden the G4S Cash360 technology offering, especially in other developing markets.


The group expects the outlook for Continental European markets to continue to be challenged by the economic environment, despite the proactive measures the group has taken through the cost reduction exercise.

The North American commercial and UK government businesses performed extremely strongly in 2012 and although the outlook is still very positive, it will be difficult to maintain such high growth going into 2013. Developing markets (which now represent 33% of group revenues and 37% of group profits) continue to perform well and the group expects strong double-digit growth in developing markets in 2013.

Developing markets growth, investment in key sector expertise and outsourcing trends continue to be key business growth drivers and so, overall, the group expects to see good continuing organic growth and margins to be maintained. The breadth of the group's portfolio in 125 countries continues to present many new growth opportunities; market leading businesses in many countries, a broad customer base and the current £3.5 billion per annum contract pipeline provide confidence in the outlook for the group.


Acquisitions and divestments

The group invested a total net amount of £93 million in 2012 in acquisitions, with the main acquisition being Vanguarda, a leading Brazilian security company. Other acquisitions included safety and fire training consultancies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland.

During 2012, G4S disposed of its Swedish cash solutions business and a loss making electronic monitoring business in the US.

Following a strategic review, the group has decided to divest its US Government Solutions business to a parent able to add or create more value than we are able to, being a non-US parent with restricted access to important commercial data and limited ability to manage the business and share best practice. The sale is expected to complete during 2013 and the business has been classified as discontinued in the 2012 results.

The group's acquisition strategy will continue to focus on niche opportunities which will both help to deliver our strategic objectives and meet our financial performance criteria.  We prioritise acquisitions that:
-     build market share in key countries
-     drive organic growth
-     access key sectors where security and safety are a strategic threat
-   introduce or build new service lines such as facilities management in the UK and risk consulting internationally
-   access key geographic markets

The group expects to invest up to £200 million in acquisitions in 2013 and will continue to be active in its divestment strategy where businesses are not in line with the group's strategy or where an alternative parent could add or drive more value from a business.

Financing and interest

The group has a prudent approach to its balance sheet whilst maintaining the flexibility to pursue acquisitions when appropriate. G4S has had an investment grade rating since March 2009 when Standard & Poor's assessed the group BBB Stable. However, subsequent to the G4S Olympic contract announcement on 13 July 2012 and the G4S plc board review in September, Standard & Poor's revised the rating to BBB- Stable in November. The group's objective is to manage its business and finances so that it continues as an investment grade entity and to continue to maintain a net debt to EBITDA ratio of around 2 to 2.5 times. The group is currently well financed, has a diverse range of finance providers and the maturity profile is long term. Borrowings are principally in pounds sterling, US dollars and euros reflecting the geographies of significant operational assets and profits. 

As at 31 December 2012, net debt was £1,802 million and our headroom was £856 million. The group has sufficient borrowing capacity to finance its current investment plans.

Net interest payable on net debt was £101 million. This is a net increase of 2% over the 2011 cost of £99 million, due principally to the increase in the group's net debt.

The average cost of gross borrowings during the year, net of interest rate hedging, was 4.3% compared to 4.9% in 2011.


The effective tax rate for the year on adjusted earnings was 22%, consistent with 2011.  The cash tax rate is 22.9% compared to 18.5% in 2011. Our target is to maintain the effective tax rate at the current level.  

Retirement benefit obligations

The group's funding shortfall on funded defined retirement benefit schemes, on the valuation basis specified in IAS19 Employee Benefits, was £436 million before tax or £335 million after tax (31 December 2011: £295 million and £212 million respectively).  The main scheme is in the UK.  The latest completed full actuarial valuations were undertaken as at 5 April 2009 in respect of all three sections of the UK scheme. The valuations as at 5 April 2012 are currently in progress.  However, all actuarial assumptions were reviewed and updated as at 31 December 2012.

The net pension obligation has increased significantly since 31 December 2011 mainly due to the actuarial loss in the period arising from the financial environment and the resulting low interest rates applicable for discounting the liabilities. The discount rate used to calculate the obligation has decreased to 4.5%, compared to 5.0% used at 31 December 2011.  Additional company contributions of £37 million were paid into the schemes during 2012.

We believe that, over the very long term in which retirement benefits become payable, investment returns should eliminate the deficit reported in the schemes in respect of past service liabilities.  However, in recognition of the regulatory obligations upon pension fund trustees to address reported deficits, the group's deficit recovery plan will see cash contributions made to the scheme of approximately £38 million in 2013 with annual increments thereafter still subject to negotiation.


The board recommends a final dividend of 5.54p per share (DKK 0.4730). This represents an increase of 8% on the final dividend for 2011.  The interim dividend was 3.42p per share (DKK 0.3220) and the total dividend, if approved, will be 8.96p per share (DKK 0.7950), representing an increase of 5% on the total dividend for 2011.

The group expects to continue to increase dividends broadly in line with normalised adjusted earnings.

13 March 2013

G4S plc
Preliminary results announcement

For the year ended 31 December 2012
Consolidated income statement

For the year ended 31 December 2012

Ex. OlympicsOlympicsTotal
Continuing operations
Profit from operations before amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets and exceptional items (PBITA)2516-516502
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets(86)-(86)(96)
Acquisition-related expenses(7)-(7)(2)
Exceptional items:
Loss on Olympics contract -(70)(70)-
Other costs on Olympics -(11)(11)-
Sponsorships costs on Olympics-(7)(7)-
Restructuring costs(45)-(45)-
Aborted acquisition and legal costs---(55)
Profit from operations before interest and taxation (PBIT)2,3378(88)290349
Finance income694-94111
Finance costs7(206)(3)(209)(203)
Profit before taxation (PBT)266(91)175257
Before amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets and exceptional items(90)(92)
On amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets2525
On acquisition-related expenses21
On exceptional items2113
Profit after taxation133204
Loss from discontinued operations4(63)(6)
Profit for the year70198
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the parent48181
Non-controlling interests2217
Profit for the year70198
Earnings per share attributable to equity shareholders of the parent10
For profit from continuing operations:
Basic and diluted7.9p13.3p
For profit from continuing and discontinued operations:
Basic and diluted3.4p12.9p
Dividends declared and proposed in respect of the year9
Interim dividend of 3.42p per share (2011:3.42p)4848
Final dividend of  5.54p per share (2011: 5.11p)7872
Total dividend of 8.96p per share (2011: 8.53p)126120

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income
For the year ended 31 December 2012

Profit for the year70198
Other comprehensive income
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations(95)(65)
Change in fair value of net investment hedging financial instruments (4)-
Change in fair value of cash flow hedging financial instruments(6)8
Actuarial losses on defined retirement benefit schemes(177)(73)
Tax on items taken directly to equity379
Other comprehensive income, net of tax(245)(121)
Total comprehensive income for the year(175)77
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the parent(194)62
Non-controlling interests1915
Total comprehensive income for the year (175)77

Consolidated statement of changes in equity
For the year ended 31 December 2012

Attributable to equity holders of the parent
      ShareShareRetained OtherNCI
At 1 January 20113532584205461,577461,623
Total comprehensive income attributable
to equity shareholders of the parent--110(48)621577
Dividends declared--(114)-(114)(10)(124)
Own shares purchased---(13)(13)-(13)
Own shares awarded--(9)9---
Transactions with non-controlling interests--(19)-(19)(1)(20)
Equity-settled transactions--1-1-1
At 31 December 20113532583894941,494501,544
Attributable to equity holders of the parent
      ShareShareRetained OtherNCITotal
At 1 January 20123532583894941,494501,544
Total comprehensive income attributable
to equity shareholders of the parent--(126)(68)(194)19(175)
Dividends declared--(120)-(120)(18)(138)
Own shares purchased---(6)(6)-(6)
Own shares awarded--(2)2---
Transactions with non-controlling interests--2-246
At 31 December 20123532581434221,176551,231

Consolidated statement of financial position
At 31 December 2012

Non-current assets
Goodwill 2,1232,205
Other acquisition-related intangible assets204269
Other intangible assets8787
Property, plant and equipment 512531
Investment in associates39
Trade and other receivables129162
Deferred tax assets179157
Current assets
Trade and other receivables1,4971,546
Cash and cash equivalents469433
Assets classified as held for sale1122935
Total assets5,6165,627
Current liabilities
Bank overdrafts(17)(53)
Bank loans(18)(47)
Loan notes(40)-
Obligations under finance leases(18)(16)
Trade and other payables(1,196)(1,251)
Current tax liabilities(41)(48)
Provisions (32)(30)
Liabilities associated with assets classified as held for sale11(52)(29)
Non-current liabilities
Bank loans(327)(885)
Loan notes(1,999)(1,180)
Obligations under finance leases(43)(48)
Trade and other payables(18)(19)
Retirement benefit obligations(471)(344)
Provisions (45)(41)
Deferred tax liabilities(68)(92)
Total liabilities(4,385)(4,083)
Net assets1,2311,544
Share capital353353
Share premium and reserves8231,141
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent1,1761,494
Non-controlling interests5550
Total equity1,2311,544

Consolidated statement of cash flows
For the year ended 31 December 2012

£m £m
Profit before taxation175257
Adjustments for:
Finance income(94)(111)
Finance costs209203
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment121120
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets8696
Amortisation of other intangible assets2417
Acquisition-related expenses72
Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets other than acquisition-related(3)(11)
Profit on disposal of subsidiaries(2)(33)
Equity-settled transactions-1
Operating cash flow before movements in working capital523541
Increase in inventories(14)(20)
Increase in receivables(117)(123)
Increase in payables677
Decrease in provisions  (5)(7)
Decrease in retirement benefit obligations(37)(40)
Net cash flow from operating activities of continuing operations356428
Net cash flow from operating activities of discontinued operations1621
Cash generated by operations372449
Tax paid(85)(77)
Net cash flow from operating activities287372
Investing activities
Interest received617
Cash flow from associates34
Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets other than acquisition-related(160)(173)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets other than acquisition-related2331
Acquisition of subsidiaries (101)(165)
Net cash balances acquired156
Disposal of subsidiaries1937
Sale of investments-10
Net cash used in investing activities(195)(233)
Financing activities
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests(19)(10)
Dividends paid to equity shareholders of the parent(120)(114)
Other net movement in borrowings324239
Transactions with non-controlling interests6(18)
Interest paid(117)(119)
Repayment of obligations under finance leases(22)(17)
Own shares purchased(6)(13)
Net cash flow from financing activities46(52)
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and bank overdrafts1213887
Cash, cash equivalents and bank overdrafts at the beginning of the year370306
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash held(36)(23)
Cash, cash equivalents and bank overdrafts at the end of the year472370

1)  Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2012 or 2011.  Statutory accounts for 2011 have been delivered to the registrar of companies, and those for 2012 will be delivered in due course.  The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include references to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their reports and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The comparative income statement for the year ended 31 December 2011 has been re-presented for operations qualifying as discontinued during the current year. Revenue from continuing operations has been reduced by £556m and PBT has been decreased by £22m compared to the figures published previously. Further details of discontinued operations are presented within note 7. In addition, the comparative consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 December 2011 has been restated to reflect the completion during 2012 of the initial accounting in respect of acquisitions made during 2011. Adjustments made to the provisional calculation of the fair values of assets and liabilities acquired amount to £9m, with an equivalent increase in the reported value of goodwill.

2)  Operating segments

The group operates in two core product areas: secure solutions and cash solutions which represent the group's reportable segments. For each of the reportable segments, the group's CEO (the chief operating decision maker) reviews internal management reports on a regular basis.  The group operates on a worldwide basis and derives a substantial proportion of its revenue, PBITA and PBIT from each of the following geographical regions: Europe (comprising the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Continental Europe), North America, and Developing Markets (comprising the Middle East and Gulf States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia Pacific).

Segment information for continuing operations is presented below:

Revenue by operating segment
Secure Solutions
      UK and Ireland 1,516 1,252
      Continental Europe 1,393 1,475
   Europe 2,909 2,727
   North America 1,311 1,169
      Middle East and Gulf States 381 368
      Latin America and the Caribbean 582 427
      Africa 357 346
      Asia Pacific 671 635
   Developing Markets 1,991 1,776
Total Secure Solutions 6,211 5,672
Cash Solutions
   Europe 780 817
   North America 114 106
   Developing Markets 396 371
Total Cash Solutions 1,290 1,294
Total revenue 7,501 6,966

2)        Operating segments (continued)

Revenue by geographical area20122011
North America1,4251,275
Developing Markets2,3872,147
Total revenue7,5016,966
PBITA by reportable segment20122011
Secure Solutions
      UK and Ireland115119
      Continental Europe7581
   North America7672
      Middle East and Gulf States3331
      Latin America and the Caribbean5137
      Asia Pacific3935
   Developing Markets152136
Total Secure Solutions418408
Cash Solutions
   North America52
   Developing Markets5247
Total Cash Solutions135137
Total PBITA before head office costs 553545
Head office costs (37)(43)
Total PBITA516502
PBITA by geographical area
North America8174
Developing Markets204183
Total PBITA before head office costs553545
Head office costs(37)(43)
Total PBITA 516502

Result by reportable segment20122011
Total PBITA516502
Acquisition-related costs(7)(2)
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets(86)(96)
Exceptional items(133)(55)
Total PBIT290349
Secure Solutions344334
Cash Solutions116113
Head office costs(37)(43)
Exceptional items(133)(55)
Total PBIT290349

3)  Profit from operations before interest and taxation (PBIT)

The income statement can be analysed as follows:

Continuing operations2012201220122011
Ex. OlympicsOlympicsTotalTotal
£m £m£m£m
Cost of sales(5,682)(274)(5,956)(5,414)
Gross profit1,615(70)1,5451,552
Administration expenses(1,237)(18)(1,255)(1,203)

Included within administration expenses in the current year is £86m of amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets, £7m of acquisition-related expenses and £45m of restructuring costs. The cost of sales relating to the Olympics contract of £263m includes the £70m loss in relation to the settlement of the London 2012 Olympics contract, and the additional £7m of sponsorship costs and £11m of other costs on the contract are included within administrative expenses.

Included within administration expenses in the prior year is £83m of amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets and a £13m goodwill impairment charge relating to the group's businesses in Greece, £2m of acquisition-related expenses and £55m of aborted acquisition and legal costs.  The aborted acquisition costs include debt finance underwriting fees, financing and hedging costs that arose on the proposed acquisition of ISS A/S which was terminated on 1 November 2011.

4)  Discontinued operations

Operations qualifying as discontinued in 2012 comprise the cash and secure solutions businesses in Pakistan, which were disposed of in October 2012, a justice business in the United States of America, which was disposed of in April 2012 and our US Government Solutions business.

Operations qualifying as discontinued in 2011 comprised the cash and secure solutions businesses in Poland, which were disposed of in September 2012; the cash solutions business in Sweden, which was disposed of in February 2012 and the secure solutions business in Russia. The UK risk assessment business in Afghanistan was classified as held for sale in December 2011 however, upon the extension of a major contract, it has been reclassified as continuing as at 31 December 2012.

5)  Acquisitions

The group undertook a number of acquisitions in the year.  The total fair value of net assets acquired amounted to £17m which included the recognition of £31m of acquisition-related intangible assets, generating goodwill of £76m, satisfied by a total consideration of £93m, all of which has been paid in the year.  Related costs of £7m were incurred and charged to the income statement.

Acquisitions in subsidiary undertakings principally includes the purchase of a 100% interest in Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância Ltda "Vanguarda", a security personnel, security systems and monitoring services provider in Brazil.

6)  Finance income

Interest income on cash, cash equivalents and investments1110
Other interest income18
Expected return on defined retirement benefit scheme assets8293
Total finance income94111

7)  Finance costs

Interest on bank overdrafts, loans and loan notes118105
Interest receivable on loan note related derivatives(10)-
Interest on obligations under finance leases 44
Other interest charges74
Total group borrowing costs119113
Finance costs on defined retirement benefit obligations9090
Total finance costs209203

8)  Taxation

Current taxation expense(74)(62)
Deferred taxation credit329
Total income tax expense for the year(42)(53)

9)  Dividends

 per shareper share£m£m
Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders of the parent in the year
Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 20104.730.4082-66
Interim dividend for the six months ended 30 June 20113.420.2928-48
Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 20115.110.454472-
Interim dividend for the six months ended 30 June 20123.420.322048-
Proposed final dividend for the year ended 31 December 20125.540.473078

The proposed final dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting. If so approved, it will be paid on 14 June 2013 to shareholders who are on the register on 17 May 2013. The exchange rate used to translate it into Danish kroner is that at 12 March 2013.  

10)  Earnings/(loss) per share attributable to equity shareholders of the parent

From continuing and discontinued operations
Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent48181
Number of shares (m)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares1,4031,405
Earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations (pence)
Basic and diluted3.4p12.9p
From continuing operations
Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent48181
Adjustment to exclude loss for the year from discontinued operations (net of tax)636
Profit from continuing operations111187
Earnings per share from continuing operations (pence)
Basic and diluted7.9p13.3p
From discontinued operations
Loss per share from discontinued operations (pence)
Basic and diluted(4.5)p(0.4)p
From adjusted earnings
Profit from continuing operations111187
Adjustment to exclude net retirement benefit finance cost/(income) (net of tax)6(2)
Adjustment to exclude amortisation and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets (net of tax)6171
Adjustment to exclude acquisition-related expenses (net of tax)51
Adjustment to exclude exceptional items (net of tax)11542
Adjusted profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent298299
Weighted average number of ordinary shares (m)1,4031,405
Adjusted earnings per share (pence)21.2p

In the opinion of the directors the earnings per share figure of most use to shareholders is that which is adjusted. This figure better allows the assessment of operational performance, the analysis of trends over time, the comparison of different businesses and the projection of future earnings.

11)  Disposal groups classified as held for sale

At 31 December 2012, disposal groups classified as held for sale comprised the assets and liabilities associated with the US Government  Solutions business which have been written down to their estimated realisable value by way of a £35m goodwill impairment charge.

At 31 December 2011, disposal groups classified as held for sale primarily comprises the assets and liabilities associated with the cash solutions business in Sweden, which was disposed of on 27 February 2012, the cash and secure solutions businesses in Poland, which was disposed of on 4 September 2012 and the UK risk assessment services business in Afghanistan, which has now been reclassified as continuing following the extension of a major contract.

12)  Analysis of net debt

A reconciliation of net debt to amounts in the consolidated balance sheet is presented below:

Cash and cash equivalents469433
Net cash and overdrafts included within disposal groups classified as held for sale20(10)
Net debt (excluding cash and overdrafts) included within disposal groups classified as held for sale10-
Bank overdrafts(17)(53)
Bank loans(345)(932)
Loan notes(2,039)(1,180)
Fair value of loan note derivative financial instruments105120
Obligations under finance leases(61)(64)
Total net debt(1,802)(1,616)
An analysis of movements in net debt in the year is presented below:
Increase in cash, cash equivalents and bank overdrafts per consolidated cash flow statement13887
Sale of investments-(10)
Increase in debt and lease financing(302)(222)
Change in net debt resulting from cash flows(164)(145)
Borrowings acquired with subsidiaries(1)(5)
Net additions to finance leases(21)(11)
Movement in net debt in the year(186)(161)
Translation adjustments-(29)
Net debt at the beginning of the year(1,616)(1,426)
Net debt at the end of the year(1,802)(1,616)

Non GAAP measure - cash flow

The directors consider it is of assistance to shareholders to present an analysis of the group's operating cash flow in accordance with the way in which the group is managed, together with a reconciliation of that cash flow to the net cash flow from operating activities as presented in the consolidated cash flow statement.

Operating cash flow

For the year ended 31 December 2012
Group PBITA516502
Depreciation, amortisation and profit on disposal of fixed assets140126
Movement in working capital and provisions (27)(73)
Net cash flow from capital expenditure (137)(134)
Operating cash flow 492421
Reconciliation of operating cash flows20122011
Net cash flow from operating activities per consolidated cash flow statement287372
Net cash flow from capital expenditure(137)(134)
Add-back cash flow from exceptional items and discontinued operations22066
Add-back additional pension contributions3740
Add-back tax paid8577
Operating cash flow492421