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 2006

2006 first-half results
Strong growth in net income: +25.3%

(€ millions)1H061H05Change
Net sales 251,9 220,1 14,5%
Operating profit 20,8 17,2 21,1%
Operating margin 8,3% 7,8% -
Net financial expense (1,6) (0,5) -
Income before taxes 19,2 16,6  
Income tax, equity-accounted investments & minority interests (7,1) (6,9) -
Net income 12,1 9,7 25,3%

Sales and earnings growth

GL events registered another six-month period of double-digit growth. Net sales grew 14.5% to €251.9 million boosted by robust gains by Venue and Event Management of 35.7%. At 30 June 2006, the share of this activity in total sales increased to 44.5%.

Gains by operating profit outpaced sales, increasing 21.1% to €20.8 million. This performance reflected:
- 41.5% growth in operating profit from Global services to €5.8 million. The division's operating margin increased in consequence from 2.9% in the 2005 first half to 4.1%, in line with the Group target range for the period.
- The accelerated expansion of Venue and Event Management with operating profit of €15 million accompanied by an excellent operating margin of 13.4%.

In this same period the Group operating margin improved further, advancing to 8.3%. Net income rose 25.3% to €12.1 million. This performance was driven by rapid growth of the Venue and Event Management division combined with commercial synergies achieved with the Group's business of Global Services.


Competitive advantages from a solid balance sheet and capital resources

Cash flow represented 10% of sales or €25.2 million in the first half assuring the Group the resources to finance its ambitious strategy of internal growth and expansion through acquisitions. This performance was accompanied by a healthy and solid balance sheet with shareholders' equity of €184.8 million. Gearing stood at 43.5% and GL events benefited from a negative WCR of €17.3 million.


Very positive short and medium-term growth outlook

In the first half, GL events maintained its successful track record of expertise, reconfirming the strength of its business model. On this basis the Group established new positions in Brazil in Venue and Event Management with the addition of the Rio de Janeiro Exhibition Centre, in event organization with Fagga Eventos and Global Services with a contract of more than €20 million for the Pan-American Games. Brazil represents a growth model involving the addition of premium worldwide event destinations that GL events will develop in the future.

Sustained by positive trends of the event industry, GL events will pursue its strategy of expansion.

As the leading integrated industry provider, the Group has many competitive advantages:
- A comprehensive offering high value added solutions,
- A unique range of expertise and assets,
- Significant investment capacity and a solid balance sheet,
- A successful track record of development by combining organic growth and acquisitions,
- Optimal diversification of risks: geographical, client, business
- A growing share of recurrent sales.

On this basis, the group maintains its targets of:
- 14% growth in sales for 2006 accompanied by a further improvement in its operating margin,
- Net sales of €700 million by 2008.


The shareholders' equity of Polygone SA, GL events' majority shareholder and holding company for the shareholdings of its key senior executives, was increased by €8 million through different equity subscriptions by two new shareholders Salvepar and Crédit Agricole Private Equity along with two historical institutional shareholders, Banque de Vizille and Aquasourça. This has provided Polygone SA with additional resources to finance, if needed, the development of GL events.


Upcoming events:
Publication of 2006 third-quarter sales, 24 October 2006 (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
Fax : + 33 4 26 20 42 00
Email :

Code ISIN : FR0000066672
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Erick Rostagnat - Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration:
Tel : +33(0)4 72 31 54 20


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