GFS.L - G4S plc

LSE - LSE Delayed price. Currency in GBp
211.60
-5.70 (-2.62%)
At close: 4:35PM BST
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Previous close217.30
Open217.10
Bid212.40 x 647600
Ask212.70 x 334500
Day's range211.60 - 217.10
52-week range173.55 - 282.50
Volume3,169,936
Avg. volume5,123,659
Market cap3.272B
Beta (3Y monthly)0.73
PE ratio (TTM)39.92
EPS (TTM)5.30
Earnings date5 Aug 2019 - 9 Aug 2019
Forward dividend & yield0.10 (4.63%)
Ex-dividend date2019-05-02
1y target est241.00
  • Two G4S ambulance staff sacked over threat to patient on voicemail
    The Guardianyesterday

    Two G4S ambulance staff sacked over threat to patient on voicemail

    Crew were recorded suggesting they could beat vulnerable 43-year-old ‘to a pulp’. Two ambulance crew have been sacked by G4S after leaving a voicemail message for a vulnerable patient in which they suggested they could “beat the fuck” out of him with a fire extinguisher and then claim self-defence. Last month the Guardian revealed that the driver of the two-man non-emergency G4S ambulance crew told his colleague that “beating a patient to a pulp” was preferable to “being beaten to a pulp”, even if they were prosecuted. His colleague suggested that to do so would simply result in a six-month suspension while they were investigated. The two-man crew were immediately suspended when it was brought to G4S’s attention. The driver of the G4S vehicle initially left a message saying the crew would be a few minutes late to take him to William Harvey hospital in Ashford, Kent. But he failed to complete the call correctly, and the crew’s conversation was recorded on the voicemail. “He’s homeless, he’s aggressive, he’s suicidal, so he ain’t gonna be the best, is he?” the driver was heard to say. “You don’t need to take him if you don’t feel safe with him. That’s why we’ve got the fire extinguisher. Take it off the hook now and you’ve got something to hit him with. You’d rather be prosecuted, wouldn’t you, for beating a patient to a pulp than that patient beating you to a pulp, wouldn’t you, as a choice of the two?” The driver continued: “D’you want a broken arm, a broken jaw, black eyes, or do you want to beat the fuck out of someone and then get prosecuted? You could still say it was self-defence.” His colleague added: “And get suspended for six months while they check up on it.” The driver concluded: “[At] least you’re able to sit in your garden. You wouldn’t be able to get into your garden with a broken leg, would you?” The 43-year-old patient, who asked not to be named, had not been picked up by the two crew members before and has no history of being aggressive towards G4S staff. He said the message left him distraught. The story led Conservative MP and former health minister Dan Poulter to say that “the suitability of G4S as a provider of important public services in the NHS and elsewhere needs to be urgently reviewed”. Norman Lamb, a Liberal Democrat former health minister, called the recording “deeply shocking” and said: “It raises the question as to whether G4S can be trusted to deliver humane, decent and effective services to vulnerable people.” On Thursday the patient received a letter from the G4S general manager, Tom Maidman, explaining the employees had been sacked following an investigation. “I would like to express how deeply sorry I am that you have been subjected to such an incident and what you experienced is inexcusable,” Maidman said. “I would like to emphasise that the behaviours the individuals displayed were not in line with the company’s core values and standards and do not reflect the rest of the hard-working staff employed by G4S. “The type of behaviour displayed on the day in question will not be tolerated in any part of our business. I can confirm that the individuals involved are no longer employed by the company. Please accept my sincerest apologies for any distress the incident may have cause you.” The patient told the Guardian that despite the two men being fired, he does not feel justice has been done. “This has caused me huge distress – and continues to do so. I still don’t understand why these men were not charged with threatening behaviour or under the Malicious Communications Act. If they had been charged at least they would have been named and shamed. As it is, they retain the privilege of anonymity.”

  • Reuters - UK Focus10 days ago

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    * European shares up 0.3% * EU expected to start infringement procedure against Italy * Italy's FTSE MIB lags, down 0.3%, as banks fall * Asian shares rise on signs of Fed interest rate cut * Norsk Hydro beats, NSF backs out of Provident bid June 5 - Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Helen Reid. "The key question is whether that is a short-term blip or a more sustained switch from 'momentum' investing back to a more fundamental approach of 'intrinsic value'," write Mirabaud Securities strategists.

  • G4S ambulance staff left message saying they could beat up patient
    The Guardianlast month

    G4S ambulance staff left message saying they could beat up patient

    Two G4S ambulance crew members have been suspended after leaving a voicemail message for a vulnerable patient in which they suggested they could “beat the fuck” out of him and then claim self-defence.The driver of the two-man non-emergency ambulance crew could be heard telling his colleague that “beating a patient to a pulp” was preferable to “being beaten to a pulp”, even if they were prosecuted. His colleague suggested that to do so would simply result in a six-month suspension while they were investigated.The patient, who does not want to be named, told the Guardian he was sent the ambulance on 8 May to take him for an MRI scan on his lower abdomen after a stomach rupture. He has mental health problems and had been rehoused in temporary emergency council accommodation in Kent the previous week.The driver of the G4S vehicle left a message saying the crew would be a few minutes late to take him to William Harvey hospital in Ashford, Kent.“He’s homeless, he’s aggressive, he’s suicidal, so he ain’t gonna be the best, is he?” the driver can be heard to say. “You don’t need to take him if you don’t feel safe with him. That’s why we’ve got the fire extinguisher. Take it off the hook now and you’ve got something to hit him with. You’d rather be prosecuted, wouldn’t you, for beating a patient to a pulp than that patient beating you to a pulp, wouldn’t you, as a choice of the two?”After his colleague agrees, the driver continues: “D’you want a broken arm, a broken jaw, black eyes, or do you want to beat the fuck out of someone and then get prosecuted? You could still say it was self-defence.” His colleague then adds: “And get suspended for six months while they check up on it.”The driver concludes: “[At] least you’re able to sit in your garden. You wouldn’t be able to get into your garden with a broken leg, would you?”At the end of the four-minute message, the driver realises they are still being recorded. “That was a long message on his phone,” he says, without appearing to register the significance of what the two have said.The patient, aged 43, had not been picked up by the two crew members before and has no history of being aggressive towards G4S staff. He said the message left him distraught.“When I got in the ambulance they were all nicey-nice and said ‘how are you mate?’ and I said ‘I was good till I heard your voice message’,” he said. “Then I played them the voicemail. They tried to apologise and I said it’s a bit late for that.” He said he self-harmed as a result of the incident.On 10 May, G4S wrote to the patient saying: “I am sorry to learn that you had a poor experience with our service.” He was subsequently visited by G4S management, which apologised to him.He added: “What made it worse is that I was told the two men were suspended on full pay.”The patient said he was told by Sheerness police that they would not pursue charges because he had not been threatened directly by the G4S crew.G4S provides patient transport for NHS commissioning groups across Kent and Medway. This is one of six contracts with NHS trusts it has in London and the south-east.The recording represents the latest blow for the security firm, which has been hit by a series of scandals in the past. It was stripped of its contract to run Birmingham prison last year after inspectors discovered “appalling” squalor in the jail and said violent prisoners were able to act with “near impunity.”In 2017, an undercover Panorama investigation found detainees were being abused and humiliated at the immigration removal centre Brook House. In 2016 G4S was stripped of its contract to run Medway secure training centre, and the Guardian and Panorama revealed that children were being unlawfully restrained.In 2013 a G4S security guard, Clive Carter, was jailed for 20 years after bludgeoning to death Khanokporn Satjawat with a fire extinguisher at a conference in Glasgow.The patient said: “When I read about the woman who had been killed with the fire extinguisher, I thought: this could have been me.”Politicians criticised the company. Dr Dan Poulter, a Conservative MP and former health minister who is also a part-time mental health doctor, said the incident called “into question the wider employment practices used by G4S”. He said that given its track record, “the suitability of G4S as a provider of important public services in the NHS and elsewhere needs to be urgently reviewed”.Norman Lamb, a Liberal Democrat former health minister, said: “This recording is deeply shocking. This company is a serial offender. It raises the question as to whether it can be trusted to deliver humane, decent and effective services to vulnerable people. This cannot simply be passed off as a rogue incident … We cannot tolerate these repeated failures by G4S.” The managing director of G4S patient transport services, Russell Hobbs, said: “We are appalled by these comments. We have apologised unreservedly to the patient, and the employees concerned have been suspended pending a full internal investigation. The comments are completely unacceptable and do not represent our values or the views of the rest of our hardworking team.”G4S refused to say whether the two employees were suspended on full pay.Stuart Jeffery, the deputy managing director at Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions patient transport services in Kent and Medway, said: “This is a completely unacceptable incident but we welcome G4S’s swift action in suspending the employees involved and launching a full investigation. Although we will be monitoring the situation closely with G4S, we believe this is a performance issue with specific individuals rather than with the service as a whole.”

  • Business Wirelast month

    Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • Business Wirelast month

    Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC - AMENDMENT

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Amendment to Sales PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR ...

  • G4S shares dive as Garda backs out of takeover
    Evening Standardlast month

    G4S shares dive as Garda backs out of takeover

    G4S shares tumbled more than 8% today after Canada’s Garda World walked away from a possible bid for the security giant. G4S has earned a reputation for losing prisoners on the way to court and this year reported a 63% drop in profits, leaving it potentially vulnerable to a bid. G4S in turn said it had received no proposal from Garda and would continue its review of the cash solutions business, which moves money to and from banks, shops and cash machines.

  • Security firm G4S falls as Canadian rival abandons interest
    Reuterslast month

    Security firm G4S falls as Canadian rival abandons interest

    G4S acknowledged Garda's decision and said it had not received any proposals or requests for extension of the May 8 deadline from the Canadian firm during the offer period. Garda said on Sunday it did not intend to make an offer for G4S, having previously said it was considering a cash offer for some or all of the company. Shares of G4S, the world's largest listed security company, recouped some initial losses to trade down 5.6 percent as of 0711 GMT, after it also said it would focus on its previously announced review to separate its cash solutions unit.

  • Business Wirelast month

    Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY ("RI") STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS ...

  • PR Newswirelast month

    Harris Associates LP - Form 8.3 - G4S PLC

    FORM 8.3 PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON WITH INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the “Code”) 1. KEY INFORMATION (a) ...

  • Reuterslast month

    Canada's Garda World drops interest in British rival G4S

    Garda World had until May 8 to announce a firm intention to make an offer for G4S. G4S confirmed that it had received no proposals from Garda World during the offer period. The company also said it continues to focus on its previously announced review of options for its Cash Solutions business.

  • Business Wirelast month

    Form 8.3 - G4S plc

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.3 PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON WITH INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the “Code”) ...

  • Business Wirelast month

    FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC - BCSL

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • Business Wirelast month

    Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC - BCI

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • Business Wirelast month

    FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - G4S PLC

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • Business Wire2 months ago

    Form 8.5 - G4S PLC

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

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