Securitas (Swedish security company)

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Securitas Sverige AB
Type Publicly traded Aktiebolag (OMXSECU B)
Industry Security
Founded 1934
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Area served North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa
Key people Melker Schörling (Chairman), Alf Göransson (President and CEO)
Services Security services (security guarding and mobile patrolling), monitoring, consulting and investigation[1]
Revenue SEK 66.458 billion (2012)[2]
Operating income SEK 3.085 billion before amortization (2012)[2]
Profit SEK 1.212 billion (2012)[2]
Total assets SEK 38.457 billion (end 2012)[2]
Total equity SEK 8.600 billion (end 2012)[2]
Employees 300,000 (end 2012)[2]
Website www.securitas.com

Securitas AB is a security services (security guarding and mobile patrolling), monitoring, consulting and investigation group, based in Stockholm, Sweden.[1] The group has approximately 300,000 employees in over 60 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.[2] Securitas AB is listed at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, Large Cap segment. In 2012, the group had total sales of 66,458M SEK ($10.1B USD) and an operating income of 3,085M SEK ($468.8M USD).[2]

Securitas AB owns the Swiss security company Protectas AG in Switzerland, where there already existed a security company called Securitas AG, part of the Swiss Securitas Group.

History[edit]

Securitas AB was founded in 1934 in Helsingborg, Sweden, as AB Hälsingborgs Nattvakt, when Erik Philip-Sörensen bought a small guarding company. In 1935, the name was changed to Förenade Svenska Vakt AB. The company expanded through acquisitions of several small security companies, initially in southern Sweden.[3]

In 1949, AB Securitas Alarm was founded as the company's security-technology subsidiary, and during the following decade, the company started expanding internationally.[3]

In 1972, the group was rebranded as Securitas, the Roman goddess of security and stability,[4] with a logotype consisting of three red dots and the word "Securitas." The dots are described as representing the group's core values of "Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness."[1][5]

In 1976, Erik Philip-Sörensen sold the Securitas group to his sons Jörgen Philip-Sörensen and Sven Philip-Sörensen,[3] and in 1981, the group was divided between the sons, with the international operations developing into Group 4 and the Swedish operations retaining the Securitas brand.[6]

In 1983, Securitas was sold to the holding company Skrinet, and in 1985, it was acquired by Investment AB Latour, controlled by Gustaf Douglas. Under the new ownership, the group focused on security, and in 1989, an international expansion was initiated, with acquisitions in Norway, Denmark and Portugal, and establishment in Hungary.[6][7]

In 1991, Securitas was listed at the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In 1994, the group distributed ASSA AB (acquired in 1988) to its shareholders. Throughout the 1990s, foreign acquisitions were made in 11 European countries and in the United States.[7]

In 1999, Securitas acquired Pinkerton,[8] and in 2000, Burns Security,[9] and several regional security companies in the United States. These acquisitions made Securitas one of the largest security companies in the world. In 2001, a new organization took effect, with five business areas according to types of services offered, and Loomis Fargo & Company was acquired.[7][10]

In 2003, the group's security services in the United States were integrated under the Securitas brand, and the group's cash handling services were completely divisionalized, with a joint management for U.S. and European operations.[11]

In 2006, the divisions Securitas Systems (alarm, monitoring, and access control systems), and Securitas Direct (solutions for homes and small businesses) were distributed to the group's shareholders and listed at the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In the same year, the divisions Mobile (small and medium-sized customers), and Alert Services (electronic surveillance of homes and businesses) were created (as of 2007 constituting the business segment Mobile and Monitoring).[10][12][13]

In 2007, the United Kingdom cash handling services of the division Loomis were sold to Vaultex Ltd, owned by HSBC and Barclays.[13] Securitas began operating in Peru in November 2007.[14]

In 2008, the division Loomis (cash handling) was distributed to the group's shareholders and listed at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm.[15]

In 2010, Securitas acquired the security-services operations of Reliance Security Group in the United Kingdom.[16][17]

In 2011, Securitas acquired Chubb Security Personnel in the United Kingdom.[18]

In 2013 Securitas acquired Pinkerton Government Services, which provides cleared security services to governmental agencies and programs that require a department of defense or department of energy security clearance. This government services division of Securitas became known as Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services. This division operates both in the United States and worldwide when cleared services are needed overseas.

Operations[edit]

Head Office in Stockholm

Securitas is divided into three main business segments, "Security Services North America," "Security Services Europe," and "Security Services Ibero-America." Operations outside of the Americas and Europe are reported in a separate category called "Other," which also includes central expenses.[1][2]

In general, the group operates under the brand Securitas for all business segments. Specialized services including due diligence, background checks, security assessments, brand protection, intellectual property protection, executive protection, investigations, cyber surveillance, computer forensics, social compliance and IT security are performed worldwide under the brand "Pinkerton." These operations are reported as part of the North American business segment.[1] The Swiss market is an exception, in that general security services are provided under the brand Protectas.[2][19][20]

Securitas emphasizes the importance of values to the corporation. The fundamental values are defined as "Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness." The organized use of values for managing the group began in 1958, when a number of workshop meetings with employees took place. One of the aims was to reach consensus on the everyday implications of integrity, vigilance and helpfulness, which were by then already established as corporate keywords. The result was the document "Basic Values for Guards" (Handlingsnorm för väktare), a list of 20 theses describing how a security guard should act, which over the years has evolved into the group's current basic values for employees guide.[1][3][7][10][21]

Market[edit]

Dutch Securitas car
Securitas office in Canada

For guarding and mobile security services in 2009, Securitas had a global market share of 11 percent and the following regional market shares:[1]

Region Market share
Europe including Turkey 19 percent
North America (Canada, Mexico and United States) 18 percent
Latin America excluding Mexico 14 percent
Other markets Less than one percent

As of 2012, Securitas was present in the following 53 countries:[2]

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (with Hong Kong), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland (under the brand Protectas), Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

Key people[edit]

Alf Göransson (born 1957) is president and CEO of Securitas.

As of the annual general meeting 2013, Securitas had the following board of directors:[1][22]

Name Year of birth Position Year elected
Melker Schörling 1947 Chairman of the board 1987
Fredrik Cappelen 1957 Board member 2008
Carl Douglas 1965 Board member 1992
Marie Ehrling 1955 Board member 2006
Annika Falkengren 1962 Board member 2003
Alf Göransson 1957 Board member, president and CEO 2007
Fredrik Palmstierna 1946 Board member 1985
Sofia Schörling Högberg 1978 Board member 2005
Åse Hjelm 1962 Employee representative 2008
Susanne Bergman Israelsson 1958 Employee representative 2004
Jan Prang 1959 Employee representative 2008

Ownership[edit]

As of November 2013, according to Euroclear AB, these were the 10 largest shareholders of Securitas:[23]

Shareholder A shares B shares Percent of capital Percent of votes
Gustaf Douglas and family 12,642,600 29,470,000 11.54 30.02
Melker Schörling and family 4,500,000 16,008,700 5.62 11.75
Didner & Gerge Fonder Aktiebolag 0 14,330,017 3.93 2.76
Swedbank Robur funds 0 11,851,360 3.25 2.28
SEB Investment Management 0 11,799,892 3.23 2.27
JPM Chase NA 0 10,475,292 2.87 2.02
JPM Chase NA 0 8,918,715 2.44 1.72
Lannebo funds 0 8,102,000 2.22 1.56
CACEIS/Crédit Agricole CIB 0 8,000,000 2.19 1.54
Handelsbanken funds 0 7,816,879 2.14 1.51

See also[edit]

  • Loomis for robberies committed against Loomis while it was a division of Securitas
  • Securitas depot robbery for the 2006 events affecting the U.K. cash-handling operations of the Loomis division of Securitas, at the time operating under the Securitas brand and in 2007 sold to HSBC and Barclays

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Securitas. March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d Söderberg, Sten (1979). Vakt av värde [Guard of value] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Securitas (printed by Kugel Tryckeri AB). 
  4. ^ Dictionary of Roman Religion, Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins, 2001, Oxford Univ Press, ISBN 978-0-19-514233-4
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2005" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Our History". Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2000" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Securitas - press release". Cision Wire. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Securitas - press release". Cision Wire. 2000-08-03. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  10. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2001" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Annual Report 2003" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  13. ^ a b "Annual Report 2007" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  14. ^ http://www.securitas.com/pe/es-pe/About-Us/Securitas-Peru/
  15. ^ "Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  16. ^ "Securitas to acquire Reliance Security Services in the United Kingdom". Securitas. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  17. ^ "Approval of Securitas’ acquisition of Reliance Security Services in the United Kingdom". Securitas. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  18. ^ "Securitas completes acquisition of Chubb Security Personnel Limited in the United Kingdom". Securitas. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  19. ^ "Annual Report 1999" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  20. ^ "History". Pinkerton. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  21. ^ "Securitas Code of Conduct" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  22. ^ "Minutes of Annual General Meeting of shareholders in Securitas AB" (PDF). Securitas. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  23. ^ "Major shareholders". Securitas. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 

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