US President Donald Trump has said he plans to increase defence spending by a record US$54bn, which could lend support to the company’s results once the money comes rolling into the sector.
Deutsche Bank said the US has been a main driver of growth for G4S and sees continued demand in security. The US division is also likely to be supported by the group’s Cash 360 system, machines that reduce the risk of theft by cashiers at the till. The smart safes have been used by Walmart, Center Parcs, and Crowne Plaza hotels.
Deutsche Bank has estimated a 5.5% organic growth in North America for fiscal year 2017.
For 2016 the bank sees underlying earnings (EBITA) of £454mln, broadly in line with the consensus forecast, compared to £385mln the previous year. It expects organic growth of 5.9%
In a pre-close trading update in January, the owner of Frankie & Benny’s and Garfunkel’s restaurants said like-for-like sales dropped 5.9% in the fourth quarter due to challenging trading conditions.
Numis has pencilled in pre-tax profit of £77.1mln, down from £86.8mln the previous year, along with an unchanged dividend. However, the broker believes the focus will be on current trading and plans for the group’s turnaround under Andy McCue, who was appointed chief executive in September.
Significant announcements expected
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