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MITIE Group PLC - Mitie to acquire Vision Security Group

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08 October 2018

Mitie Group plc

LEI number: 213800MTCLTKEHWZMJ03 

8 October 2018


Mitie to acquire Vision Security Group from Compass

Mitie Group plc (LSE: MTO.L, "Mitie" or the "Group") announces today that it has agreed to acquire Vision Security Group Limited ("VSG" or the "Company"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Compass Group PLC (LSE: CPG.L, "Compass").

VSG is a leading security services provider offering integrated security systems, manned guarding and key holding services, with a team of approximately 6,000 employees servicing more than 1,400 guarding locations and over 5,000 systems locations across the UK and Ireland.

The acquisition of VSG further strengthens the position of Mitie's Total Security Management business ("Mitie TSM") as one of the leading providers of integrated and risk-based security services in the UK. In particular, the combination will offer opportunities to accelerate the growth of Mitie's premium technology-enabled and intelligence-led security solutions.

The consideration of £14 million (on a debt free, cash free basis) will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for final completion accounts, and will be funded through Mitie's own cash resources.

VSG reported revenue of £192.1 million and losses before tax of £2.7 million in its statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2017. At that date, VSG had gross assets with a value of £42.4 million.  Although final accounts have not yet been closed, it is expected that VSG will report modest profitability for the financial year ending 30 September 2018.

Phil Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Mitie, commented: 


"As a core part of Mitie, our security business has delivered a strong performance over the last three years, with sales growing by over 30%. This acquisition gives us the leadership position we seek to maximise value from our technology-led solutions." 

Jason Towse, Managing Director of Mitie TSM, commented: 


"VSG is a well-respected brand in the security market with great clients and great, motivated front-line colleagues and leaders who will complement our own offering. Together, we will create the largest intelligence and technology-enabled security business in the UK." 

The acquisition of VSG constitutes a Class 2 transaction for the purposes of the UK Financial Conduct Authority's Listing Rules. The acquisition is expected to complete by the end of October 2018.


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For further information, contact:

Claire Lovegrove 

Head of Media Relations, Corporate Affairs 

T: +44 (0)20 3123 8716

M: +44 (0)790 027 6400

E: [email protected]

Anna Gavrilova 

Head of Investor Relations 

T: +44 (0)20 3123 8675

M: +44 (0)738 443 9112

E: [email protected]

Peter Dickinson 

General Counsel and Company Secretary 

M: +44 (0)776 821 5013

E: [email protected]


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About Mitie TSM

Mitie TSM is one of the largest security providers in the UK, with annualised revenues of £432m (Mitie audited accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2018), with more than 13,800 employees.  Revenues from technology-enabled services have increased by 130% over the last 5 years and now represent circa 20% of the profits of Mitie TSM.


About Mitie Group

Founded in 1987, Mitie is the UK's leading facilities management and professional services company. We offer a range of specialist services including engineering services, security, energy and property consultancy within Professional Services, catering, cleaning, landscaping, custody support services, and property maintenance.

Mitie employs 49,000 people across the UK, looking after a large, diverse blue-chip customer base, from banks and retailers, to hospitals, schools and government departments. We take care of our customers' people and buildings, by delivering the basics brilliantly and by deploying advanced technology. We are pioneers in the Connected Workspace, using smart analytics to provide valuable insight and deliver efficiencies to create outstanding work environments for our customers.

Find out more at www.mitie.com


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