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Security Guard Services

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561612

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Security Guard Services  (view report)
Armored Car Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

Robert H. Perry & Associates, Incorporated
U.S. Contract Security Industry

M&A firm whitepaper provides an overview of the contract guard service industry, with topics covered in the paper including size of the industry, revenue size and growth prospects, margins and EBITDA, merger and acquisition activity, private equity firms investing in this sector, selling prices for large and small firms, factors driving the M&A market, and challenges and opportunities for firm owners.

BNP Media
Security Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for security executives, with special features including the annual "Top Guarding Firms Listing" special report (December issue) which ranks the top companies in the guard service sector by annual revenue and also includes information on number of offices and total employees. Selected articles from current and archived issues are available online.

Freedonia Group
Private Security Services

Topics covered in the private guard service section of this comprehensive market research report include guard sector overview, 10-year historical and forecast annual revenues, market trends, pre-employment screening, training, wages and benefits, applications, vendors and market share, and market share by top firms. Entire study or individual sections or pages can be purchased online.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Private Security Industry / full-text

Research report provides a comprehensive review of this service sector, with topics covered in the report including background information, firm and employee characteristics, services performed by private organizations, markets (infrastructure, commercial, institutional, residential, government), relationship with law enforcement, and regulation and training. Full text report is available online.

Insight into the Armored Car Industry

Consulting firm whitepaper provides an overview of the armored car business, with topics covered in the paper including cash-in-transit transportation, cash management, currency and coin processing, storage of valuables, ATM services, electronic safes and stationary vaults, virtual vault service, bar encoding, carrier due diligence, managing risk, pre-employment screening, and industry concerns.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Security Guard and Patrol Services  Search for "561612"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Security Guard Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Security Guards

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for protective service personnel that control access to buildings and grounds, monitor alarm and video surveillance systems, conduct security checks and/or patrols for designated premises or areas, and transport cash and other valuable items using armored transportation equipment to protect these items while in transit.

PayScale, Inc.
Security Guards / Armored Car Services / armoredcar

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this protective service sector such as director, manager, supervisor, and officer (armed and unarmed), with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Securitas, G4S Secure Solutions, AlliedBarton, Brinks, Incorporated, Universal Protection Service, and Guardsmark.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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