GL events
Welcome to the world of events.
As an integrated Group operating in all event professions, GL events works in three major segments:
event organisation, event venue management and services for fairs, congresses and events.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Altitude 150
GL events
GL events enters into a joint venture
with Yuexiu Group
to jointly develop a network of event sites in China. The first phase will consist in managing a 50,000 m2 convention centre in Gangzhou (Canton), targeted for opening in 2019.
© 效果图│ Renderings
GL events enters into a joint venture<BR>with Yuexiu Group
Euro 2016
Fan Zone in Lyon
A total surface area of 62,000m2 and 25,000 people a day; the Fan Zone in Lyon managed by GL events was the official home of football and fun during the event.
© Nicolas Rodet
Euro 2016<BR>Fan Zone in Lyon
Brazil Game Show
The biggest game show in Latin America chose Sao Paulo Expo to host this year’s event, attended by 300,000 fans!
© @studioLopes
Brazil Game Show
Turin International Book Fair
With 127,596 tickets sold in 2016, the Turin Book Fair, organised by GL events – Lingotto Fiere, is a genuine success story.
© Fondazione per il Libro, la Musica e la Cultura
Turin International Book Fair
Sport dans la Ville
GL events provided services to “Sport dans la Ville”, an association promoting social inclusion through sport, for the inauguration of its new premises.
© Gilles Fillot
Sport dans la Ville
Cannes Film Festival
For more than twenty years, GL events has been on the select guest list of the greatest film festival in the world, providing top-quality services for the event.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Nuits de Fourvière
GL events has been a partner to this festival in Lyon for many years: sound systems, lighting, structures for the “Village des Nuits”.
© Francis Mainard
Nuits de Fourvière
Designed as an upmarket showroom in the heart of Paris, the show is the ideal place to get a preview of the pre-collections of fabrics and accessories, in a select private environment.
© Stéphane Kossmann
Nuits Sonores
GL events is the audiovisual services provider to this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
Nuits Sonores
Spacious, elegant and with impeccable finishing, Absolute Triple Deck is an exceptional structure that combines robustness and aesthetics. Providing more than 25% additional interior surface area, this new events structure takes standards in excellence to a whole new level.
© Detail Ltd
Back to Press releases 2002

2001 results: The strength of a well-balanced economic model

In million euros 2001 (1)
2000 (2)
Consolidated net sales 235,0 214,1
Operating profit 17,0(1) 18,7
Net financial charge -2,6 -1,2
Exceptional profit / (loss) 0,1 -2,2
Net consolidated group profit 9,2 8,5
in % of the net sales 3,91% 3,97%

(1) The change in the operating agreement of the Convention Center of Lyon into a "concession" in 2001 has generated a structural rental charge of 1.1m€ which did not exist in 2000.
(2) 2000: excluding capital gain Paris Expo

Lyon, 5 March 2002

Steady net profitability

In a difficult economic situation and after an exceptional year 2000 (Net sales: +46% with +35% in internal growth), the activity in 2001 shows a progression (+9.8% at 235 m€) and the net profitability remained stable at 3.9% of the net sales.
These achievements are the result of the signature of numerous medium-term contracts and an improved breakdown of the activities, which helped to increase the recurrent share of the net sales.

The slow-down in the economy has nevertheless affected the activity of short-term rental of structures (event sector). The impact on the operating profit is -1.5m€ in 2001. The other Group activities post a normal level of profitability.


The Board of Directors, which met on 4 March 2002, decided to propose to the Annual General Meeting of the 20th of June a payment of dividend of euros; 0.28 per share (off tax credit).

An emerging business: Venue management

True to its role of an " Assembling Group ", Générale Location develops its activity of Venue management by signing new contracts such as the Convention Centers of Toulouse (10 years) and Barcelona (20 years). Factor of long-term visibility, this 4th sector also acts as a relay of growth for the other activities of the Group meant to work in complementarity. This new activity should represent 25% of the net sales of the Group within 5 years.

Prospects 2002

The beginning of the year 2002 was marked by the signature of several important contracts both in term of reputation and source of revenues.
- World Cup of Football in Korea (temporary structures and fittings): 3.5m€
- Commonwealth Games in July 2002: (provision of temporary structures and furniture): 4m€
- The opening of an office in Barcelona to ensure the pre-commercialization of the Convention Center and the development of the provision of services,
- Skill Festival- (Manchester): 3m€
- Presence of Générale Location on 7 F1 Grand Prix (3 in 2001)
- 17.000m² temporary exhibition hall at the Bourget (contract for at least one year)

The commercial dynamism relies on the strength of the Group's economic model: 4 complementary activities allowing Générale Location to be present on the entire communication by event business as well as granting it a significant edge over the competition when answering national and international calls for tender.

The reinforcement of the Fittings activity with the acquisition of BS Vision will make it possible for the Group to achieve more than 20% of its sales in this sector.

For 2002, Générale Location foresees at least a 20% increase in sales including external growth.

Next meeting: First quarter net sales, 7 May 2002

GL events, bringing people together

Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
Telephone :  + 33 4 72 31 54 20
Fax : + 33 4 26 20 42 00
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Code ISIN : FR0000066672
Code Bloomberg : GLO FP
Code Reuter : GLTN.PA
Code FTSE : 581


Erick Rostagnat - Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration:
Tel : +33(0)4 72 31 54 20


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