COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
The real sales growth continued to be strong also in the third quarter amounting to 13 percent, and to 12 percent in the first nine months. The organic sales growth reached 4 percent in the quarter and we are gaining market shares organically in North and South America. The loss of a few important contracts during the first half year 2011 has hampered the growth in Security Services Europe.
The operating margin remained stable in Security Services North America, Security Services Ibero-America and in Mobile and Monitoring, and the real change of the operating income in these segments compared to previous year was positive and developed well. In Security Services Europe, the loss of a few major contracts and difficulties to manage the balance between wage increases and price increases have resulted in a non-satisfactory development. A variety of actions are taken to restore the performance in Europe, and among others further reductions of indirect costs are made in a number of countries in Europe.
Our strategy to focus and specialize in security services, and improving our ability to advise and optimize our customers security solutions, is progressing. After the attempt to acquire Niscayah in a public bid process, we are instead growing our system integration and technology resources organically and by short-listing potential acquisition targets. The first important acquisition along this route was made in Turkey in September.
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRESENTATION OF THE INTERIM REPORT
Analysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference on November 9, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. (CET) where Securitas CEO Alf Göransson will present the report and answer questions. The telephone conference will also be audio cast live via Securitas web. No information meeting will take place at Securitas headquarters at Lindhagensplan in Stockholm.
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Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.00 a.m. (CET) on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.