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
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 Sonores
The 2016 Nuits Sonores are equipped by GL events Audiovisual.
© Laure Rousville
Nuits Sonores
Sao Paulo Expo inauguration
The inauguration of the expanded and renovated Sao Paulo Expo on 26 April was attended by more than 500 economic decision-makers.
© Rodrigo Lopes/
Sao Paulo Expo inauguration
COP 21
The aim of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) was to negotiate a new universal agreement on climate change, in order to maintain global warming below 2°C. GL events supplied and assembled structures for this key event, and also provided audiovisual services, fixtures and fittings for the event spaces.
© Philippe Cler
COP 21
African Games
The Live! by GL events agency was in charge of organising the spectacular closing ceremony for the African Games.
© Myli Bourigault et Pierre Le Tulzo / Live! by GL events
African Games
Video City Paris
Organised by the producers of the Golden Moustache (M6 TV channel), the Studio Bagel (Canal+ TV channel) and Mixicom, in collaboration with Live! by GL events, Vidéo City brought together around a hundred of the most popular YouTube video creators. A genuine success!
© Philippe Cler
Video City Paris
Maison de la Mutualité
The Maison de la Mutualité was the former headquarters of the French mutual insurance federation . The venue has been managed by GL events since 2010. The Group has renovated the building to return it to its former glory. Today, the venue hosts all types of events, from business meetings and exhibitions to fashion parades.
Maison de la Mutualité
This is an event that horse-riding fans look forward to every year. Organised by GL events, Equita is the largest equestrian show in France. Each year, around 3,500 horses take part in the event which attracts over 150,000 visitors.
© PSV – Jean Morel
IMF and the World Bank
The Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank met in Lima (Peru) this year to establish the main priorities and focuses for the two institutions. The production of this large-scale event was entrusted to a consortium made up of GL events and the event agency Stimulus.
© Joao Socola
IMF and the World Bank
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 2005

2004 net sales: + 4.6%, net profit growth expected to exceed 8%

Two new venues added: Vannes and Padua Exhibition Centers

Net sales in millions of euros 2004 2003 Change
First quarter 85,4 81,0 +5,3%
Second quarter 96,3 98,4 -2,1%
Third quarter 77,5 71,2 +8,9%
Fourth quarter 96,3 89,1 +8,0%
Total 355,5 339,7 +4,6%

For 2004, the Group announced growth in net sales of 4.6% (1.3% at constant structure and exchange rates). Excluding the impact of Fittings, sales surged 13.7% (9.7% at constant structure and exchange rates).
Because of excellent full-year performances by core businesses, the Group anticipates significant improvements in margins and net profit growth exceeding 8% (provisional unaudited results).
With international operations accounting for 30% of sales, GL events has confirmed its ability to develop in the segment of large international events and venue management, a major contributor of recurrent revenue, as well as by strengthening its subsidiaries in other countries, notably in the United Kingdom.


Global Services

Global services for trade shows, exhibitions and events
€200.0 million or +6.7% (+5.5% at constant structure and exchange rates)
Global services for trade shows, exhibitions and events registered further gains driven by contributions from major recurrent trade shows and exhibitions and strong growth from large events. Recognized for the quality of its comprehensive offering of value-added services, GL events renewed for an additional three years service agreements with REED Exhibition, the world's leading organiser of trade and consumer exhibitions, and with Richemont Group for the SIHH, the international fine watchmaking exhibition.

Fittings, systems and services for enterprises
€73.1 million or -21.1% at constant structure and exchange rates
Following restructuring measures, Fittings, Systems and Services for Enterprises has been integrated into the Global Services division specialized in permanent and semipermanent installations. Excluding fittings, sales advanced 11%. The sale and long-term leasing of temporary structures achieved gains of between 2% and 7%.


Venue and Event Management:
€82.4 million in 2004 or 23.2% of total sales
+38.1% (+20.1% at constant structure and exchange rates)

This division, the Group's strategic growth driver, benefited from excellent performances by the Clermont Ferrand and Paris Floral Park venues, the development of Europa Organisation and the integration of Market Place.

Addition of the Vannes Exhibition Center to the portfolio of venues
GL events announced the acquisition of CHORUS, charged with managing the Vannes Exhibition Center until 2010 under a public service management agreement (contrat de délégation de service public) (annual sales of €1.6 million).
Following the recent announcement of the addition of the Padua Exhibition Center in Italy (press release of 4 February 2004 - annual sales of €20 million), this latest addition increases the number of venues managed by the Group to 13.
PadovaFiere, assuring the venue's operational management with exhibition halls of 70,000 m², every year hosts more than 600 trade shows, exhibitions and events representing 11,000 exhibitors and welcoming 730,000 visitors.


2005 Outlook

- For Global Services, 2005 will be marked by the development of Temp-A-Store in the United Kingdom, participation in the Superbowl final and the Test Events for the Turin Olympic Games (with the Group already a candidate to provide event services for the 2006 Winter Games). With the restructuring of the Fittings business now completed, 2005 will moreover no longer be subject to an unfavourable basis effect for sales.

- For Venue and Event management, 2005 will be marked by the full-year consolidation of Market Place, the first full year of operations for the Barcelona International Convention Center with forecasted sale of €20 million.
The Group also confirms dual objective of adding two new venues per year and strengthening the event organization activity through additional acquisitions.


Upcoming events:
2004 earnings and 2005 sales guidance: 15 March 2005 (after the close of trading)

GL events, bringing people together

Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
Telephone :  + 33 4 72 31 54 20
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