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Securicor has confirmed plans for a £4bn merger with Group 4 Falck of Denmark, creating the world's second largest security services group with 340,000 staff in 108 countries.
Securicor is looking to spend up to £120m on acquisitions to expand its global security services business.
Securicor has sold Securicor Information Systems, the Chippenham-based provider of IT consultancy services with more than 500 staff, to a management team backed by Kleinwort Capital for up to £30m.
Securicor is to sell Securicor Cash Machine, the operator of 1,232 ATMs, to Cardpoint for up to £10m.
Securicor has bought the aviation security and commercial guarding operations of AHL Services of the US for £127m, as part of a strategy to develop a leading global security business.
Securicor is investing £7m in a new internet retailing service that will enable consumers to shop online without giving their credit card details to web retailers, and the goods will then be delivered by Securicor Omega Express.
Securicor is looking to expand its distribution division by acquiring a UK warehouse logistics business, and is also planning to acquire a leading cash in transit company in Europe.
Deutsche Post is acquiring a 50% stake in Securicor for £223m, as part of a strategy to create a pan-European parcels distribution business in preparation for the liberalisation of EU postal services.
Securicor is selling its telecoms systems business, which distributes branch exchange systems and handsets, to Samsung of South Korea for undisclosed terms.
Securicor is to sell the consumer and small business subscriber bases of Securicor Cellular Services to Cellnet, in which it has a 40% stake, for £38m, and has also announced the sale of Securicor 3net to Teltrend of the US for £9m.