COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
Strong organic sales growth
Organic sales growth was exceptionally strong in the last quarter of the year. It was supported by continued good sales momentum in the US as well as by higher levels of security needs in Europe and by continued positive development in Spain and Latin America. We estimate that we grow faster than the security markets in the US and Europe as well as in the Ibero-American countries, mainly supported by our strategy of security solutions and technology.
Earnings per share improved
Earnings per share improved with 8 percent during 2015, adjusted for changes in exchange rates. The operating margin was flat in the quarter and slightly up for the full year.
Continued strong growth of security solutions and technology sales
The sales of security solutions and technology were strong. Real sales growth in 2015 was 38 percent (28) and sales amounted to BSEK 9.3 (6.5).
We believe that we can continue to grow the security solutions and technology sales at a high pace in the coming years, and to make it a substantial part of the Group’s total sales.
In addition, the acquisition of the commercial contracts and operational assets of Diebold Incorporated’s Electronic Security business in North America is an important step on this journey and enables us to offer completely integrated security solutions to our customers in North America. The acquisition was finalized on February 1, 2016, from which date it was consolidated in Securitas.
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRESENTATION OF THE FULL YEAR REPORT
Analysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference on February 9, 2016 at 09:30 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. To participate in the telephone conference, please dial in five minutes prior to the start of the conference call:
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Micaela Sjökvist, Head of Investor Relations, + 46 10 470 3013
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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 08.00 (CET) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.