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Study by Plimsoll indicates UK security industry ripe for acquisitions.

Plimsoll Publishing : 26 March, 2008  (New Product)
Acquisition study report available with reader discount on the state of the security industry in the UK.
It's time to splash the cash, that's the message from leading Security industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing and their annual acquisition survey. The study looks at the fortunes of 1500 security companies.

The findings come at a time when it's impossible to pick up a paper, or see the news, without seeing a story about how the credit market is affecting the performance of UK companies and slowing acquisition activity. However, Plimsoll's Acquisition Study finds that the UK Security industry is awash with cash and companies should use this time to go on the offensive and buy up the competition.

The report found that the driving force of this move in the market is a group of 739 companies who, over the last few years have built up a stock resource of cash, putting them in a very strong position. David Pattison, Senior Acquisition Analyst, comments: "There is absolute evidence that the rich are getting richer as the gap between those making massive profits and those missing out has widened in the last few years. There has never been a better time for these dynamic companies to splash the cash."

The report suggests that 2008 is the perfect time to consider an acquisition, but also points out that the profile of acquisition needs to change, as David Pattison explains: "For years, acquisition activity in the security industry has been driven by distressed fire sales. Acquirers have been reluctant to invest heavily, instead they have been content to snap up bargain basement companies often getting bad deals, paying peanuts and getting monkeys. This attitude needs to change. What our report suggests is that companies need to look at the wider strategic picture and spend their money wisely."

As part of the study, each of the UK's top 1500 security companies have been valued and assessed on their future prospects. The report finds that there are 402 companies in the market who would make good strategic acquisitions. These attractive companies are operating in the growth areas of the market and are all extremely profitable.

David Pattison continues, " Having the resources to buy one of these 402 powerful players is the perfect situation. In doing so, you take a strong adversary to your own company out of the market immediately, and it will instantly be generating profitability. The next step is then to focus your attention on the 257 companies we have identified who are failing anyway, pushing them out of the market. This may sound harsh, but if the industry is to develop and evolve then there will need to be casualties. Our latest study shows the candidates least likely to survive 2008 are pretty obvious."

The just published analysis is aimed at companies needing an insight into the acquisition activity in the UK Security industry, or those looking to find top prospects in the market. Copies are available from Plimsoll Publishing priced at £350; ProSecurityZone readers can claim a £50 discount.
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