Troubled G4S signs five-year deal with Shell

 
Suzie Neuwirth
G4S, the FTSE 100 security firm dogged by criticism over its handling of the London 2012 Olympics contract, yesterday said it has signed a five-year contract with oil giant Shell.

Under the agreement, which has the option of a two-year extension, G4S will provide security solutions to the oil major in more than 30 countries. The deal value was not revealed, but G4S said it is one of the group’s largest global contracts and will deploy over 3,000 people.

G4S already has a number of other contracts with Shell.

The troubled security firm is looking to turn around its fortunes after a number of high-profile fiascos, including failing to provide adequate staff for the Olympics and allegations that it overcharged the government on electronic tagging contracts.

It replaced chief executive Nick Buckles with Ashley Almanza in May and hired Himanshu Raja as its new chief financial officer last month, in a bid to restore its reputation and cut its soaring £2bn debt pile.

Last week, Almanza announced a series of drastic moves to avoid a credit rating downgrade, including a £350m share placing and £250m of disposals.

“Almanza came across very well at last week’s results. The deal is consistent with his message that he is looking to overhaul the company’s operations,” Gideon Adler, analyst at Investec, told City A.M. “The resources sector is a particular pool of revenue that G4S is trying to go after.”

Shares closed 0.5 per cent lower at £2.56.