G4S Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Safety/security Company

G4S has acquired 32 companies of its own. A total of 7 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 3 assets.

G4S’s largest acquisition to date was in 2008, when it acquired Global Solutions for $546M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2020, when it sold G4S - Cash Operations to The Brink s for $860M. G4S has acquired in 6 different US states, and 13 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include safety/security (42%) and business services (30%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity34
    • M&A Buy Activity31
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 9
  • Total Countries Invested 13
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 14

G4S

G4S plc

5th Floor, Southside 105 Victoria Street,
London, SW1E 6QT
United Kingdom,
+44 (0)208 770 7000
www.g4s.com

G4S is a global, integrated security company, specializing in the provision of security services and solutions to customers. Its mission is to create material, sustainable value for customers and shareholders by being the supply partner of choice in all of the markets. G4S was formed in 1901 and is based in London.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 31 - - - - - 31
vol $1.3B $1.3B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 2 - - - 1 - 3
vol $219M $860M $1.1B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
G4S plc - Cash Operations 2020-02-26 860M USD Divestiture
London, United Kingdom
G1 Secure Solutions Ltd. 2016-12-02 135M GBP Divestiture
Petah Tikva, Israel · www.g1-group.com
G4s Cash Solutions (Canada) Ltd. 2014-01-17 84M CAD Divestiture
Toronto, Ontario
G4S Deposita 2012-12-14 13M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Midrand, South Africa · www.deposita.co.za
Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância Ltda. 2012-09-18 - Add-on Acquisition
São Paulo, Brazil · www.vanguarda-sp.com.br
Protekt B.V. 2012-07-10 - Divestiture
Enter, Netherlands · www.protekt.nl
Trojan Security Services 2011-12-30 - Divestiture
, Botswana
The Facilities Management Group (Pty) Ltd. 2011-12-30 2M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Gaborone, Botswana · www.fmgbotswana.com
Detcon S.A. 2011-05-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Buenos Aires, Argentina · www.detcon.com.ar
The Cotswold Group 2011-04-08 16M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom · www.thecotswoldgroup.co.uk
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Safety/Security 13 (42%) 636M (50%) 2 (67%) 219M (20%)
Business Services 9 (29%) 430M (34%) 1 (33%) 860M (80%)
Software 2 (6%) 36M (3%) - -
Technology Hardware 2 (6%) 13M (1%) - -
Construction 1 (3%) 60M (5%) - -
Electronics 1 (3%) 22M (2%) - -
Financial Services 1 (3%) - - -
Information Technology 1 (3%) 66M (5%) - -
Staffing 1 (3%) - - -
Total 31 $1.3B 3 $1.1B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United Kingdom 7 1.0B 1 860M
United States 7 170M - -
  Illinois 2 44M - -
  North Carolina 1 - - -
  Nebraska 1 66M - -
  Maryland 1 - - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  California 1 60M - -
Netherlands 3 - - -
Argentina 2 - - -
Botswana 2 2M - -
Brazil 2 36M - -
Israel 1 - 1 135M
South Africa 2 13M - -
Austria 1 - - -
Belgium 1 - - -
Canada - - 1 84M
  Ontario - - 1 84M
Channel Islands 1 - - -
China 1 12M - -
Serbia 1 - - -
Domestic 7 (23%) 1.0B (82%) 1 (33%) 860M (80%)
Cross-border 24 (77%) 233M (18%) 2 (67%) 219M (20%)
Total 31 $1.3B 3 $1.1B

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $947M
< $100M 10 $316M
TOTAL $1.3B
Largest Global Solutions Ltd.
$546M (2008-12-18)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $995M
< $100M 1 $84M
TOTAL $1.1B
Largest G4S plc - Cash Operations
$860M (2020-02-26)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
19%
6 (19%)
Strategic(s)
10%
3 (10%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
33%
1 (33%)
Strategic(s)
67%
2 (67%)

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