COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
Organic sales growth strengthened in the third quarter reaching 5 percent versus 3 percent in the first half year. The quarter reflected a strong market momentum throughout the Group and our ability to deliver complete security solutions is giving us an outstanding competitive advantage. Market dynamics in the US are strong and we are growing faster than the US security market. In Europe we see a gradual recovery of the portfolio. In the Ibero-American business segment, Spain and Portugal continue to grow faster than the security market. This is based on differentiated customer offerings enabled by our consistent investments over the years in security solutions and electronic security.
The operating margin was slightly below last year. It improved in North America while Europe still had negative leverage in a few countries, while the operational over-capacity was largely adjusted by the end of the third quarter. Earnings per share improved by 8 percent with a real change of 7 percent in the first nine months. The strong macro economic conditions and shortage of qualified labor in the US and in Europe will result in higher wage inflation in the coming year. We believe we are strategically well positioned to compensate such increases by price increases and by offering alternative security solutions using technology.
We continue to deliver on our strategy. Security solutions and electronic security continue to grow at a good pace and is becoming a larger part of total Group sales.
As an important part of our strategy, Vision 2020, we are gradually increasing investments in digitizing our customers’ historical and real-time data in order to deliver more predictive security. In combination with our security solutions and electronic security strategy, intelligent security will create greater customer value, enhanced security, and strengthen our leadership in the global security market.
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRESENTATION OF THE INTERIM REPORT
Analysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference on October 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.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 website.
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