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G4S feels the heat of Gov’t business exclusion

Publishing Date : 13 May, 2019

Author : ALFRED MASOKOLA

Local security services giant Group 4 Securities (G4S) suffered a 6 percent contraction in Group revenue during the year 2018. According to company audited financial statements for the year ended December 2018 released on Thursday the decline in revenues is mainly attributable to shrink in some of G4S’ major business segments.


The Group states that unfavourable market conditions suppressed in particular manned guarding and cash services therefore putting pressure on the margins. G4S explains that exclusion from government and other quasi-government agencies business has also impacted on the Manned Guarding business. The 6 percent Group revenue decline also comprises of major losses identified from Facilities Management Services business as a result of termination of non-profitable contracts.


 In addition, G4S customers who had not honoured their direct debits also led to ultimate revenue downward adjustment in the company’s Security systems business. In more segmental details, the Manned guarding business closed the year at P1,035 ,000 Profit Before Taxation compared to P4,968,000 registered in the prior year ended December 2017 mirroring a whopping 79.167 percent decline.


Another segment that suffered at the hands of sluggish 2018 market is the cash solutions business which closed the year at 18.6 percent decline in profit before tax, the segment registered a year end of P17.899 million compared to 2017-year end of P21.989 million. G4S cleaning services profits before tax for the year were reduced by 3.29 percent closing the year at P3.318 million compared to P3.431 million gathered during the prior year ended December 2017.


G4S segments are distinguishable components of the group that are engaged either in providing related products or services or in providing products or services within a particular economic environment which is subject to risks and rewards that are different from those of other segments.


The company business activities are concentrated in the segment of security related services and are provided within the geographical region of Botswana. The Group consists of five segments all provided within the geographical region of Botswana, being Manned Guarding services, Cash solutions, Facilities Management, Cleaning services and Security Systems.


On a positive note the security systems business picked up by 39.15 percent to close the year at P18.989 million compared to P11.554 million recorded at 2017-year end. In total figures the Botswana Stock Exchange listed security outfit closed the 2018 trading year at P38.843 million in profit before tax compared to P40 .233 million gathered during the prior year mirroring a 3.4 percent drop.


G4S Group Managing Director Mokgethi Magapa says his company’s strategic priority of cost containment in the prior year and 2018 has built a solid cost run-rate into the business which has ensured that a very strong PBITA of P35m, which is -5 percent lower than Prior year and PBITA margin of 17 percent in line with prior year and thereby ensuring a strong profitability position for the group.


 “We continue to automate our key processes which as delivered on efficiency gains and will set us up for enhanced cash collections from our customer in the Security Systems space being Alarm Monitoring and Response,” observes Magapa in the financial statement.
On the outlook G4S says it’s going forward into the year 2019 financial year and beyond with a well-resourced and capitalized business. The company further reveals that it has in this current year going into 2022 unlocked a 5-year strategy to push the group business into consolidated growth.

 “We now shall be accelerating consolidation with organic top line growth in growing revenue in current year and the next 4 years, we are optimistic that our growth should come at above GDP growth for 2019 and generally over a period of 5 years,” explains G4S management in the statement. G4S further highlights that its new products in technology solutions space and cash space will drive this growth while expansion to other geographical areas will also add to the volume in the Security Systems and Cash business.


“We now are ready to deploy integrated security solutions aiming at offering a full package to our clients in order to include all our service lines offered. This will assist on customer retention and expansion on the already existing relationships bolstering towards business growth,” reveals the BSE listed security Group. The company says its 5-year strategic plan intends to raise revenue by 6 percent and achieve average PBITA growth at 9 percent and OCF growth at 10 percent.


 “While competition is getting stiffer, our strong market position, commercial discipline and growing expertise in technology and positive cash growth will provide reassurance to the stakeholders to a positive outlook as outlined on our management’s 5-year strategy plan.”

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