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 provides the installations for COP22 in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016.
The largest temporary installation ever produced.
© Architecte OUALALOU+CHOI
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
São Paulo International Motor Show
São Paulo Expo stages the largest and most important auto show in Latin America.
© @studioLopes
São Paulo International Motor Show
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
Back to Press releases 2008

2007: Strong and profitable growth
Operating profit: up38.9%

Consolidated data IFRS -(€ millions)20062007
Net sales 495,7 633,5 +27,8%
Operating profit 40,5 56,2 +38,9%
Operating margin 8,2% 8,9% +0,7 pt
Net financial expense -4,2 -7,3  
Tax -10,7 -13,8  
Net income of fully consolidated companies 25,6 35,1 +37,3%
Income from equity-accounted investments 0,2 1,1  
Minority interests -2,2 -4,1  
Net income 23,5 32,1 +36,4%

2007: A year of strong expansion

For fiscal 2007 GL events had sales of €633.5 million, advancing 27.8%.

Venue and Event Management sales surged 58% to account for 50% of total consolidated revenue. The Group was the owner and/or organizer of more than 430 trade shows for professionals and the general public, conventions, congresses or corporate events in 2007. Total space of the 28 venues under management and marketed by the Group now exceeds the one million m² milestone.

In line with the Group strategy, the Venue and Event Management division in turn contributes to Services sales that grew 10.7% in the period at constant structure and exchange rates, further improving the overall profitability of the Group.

Consolidated operating profit totalled €56.2 million, up 38.9% for an operating margin of 8.9%. Adjusted to exclude the impact of disposals in 2007, the margin exceeded 9%. The Venue and Event Management Division had an operating margin of 14%. Operating cash flow totalled €55.3 million.

Net income totalled €32.1 million, advancing 36.4% with Group shareholders' equity increasing to €310.2 million.

Acquisitions of the trade show organization specialists Promotor International and Agor, and the Turin Exhibition Park, Lingotto Fiere, were partially financed through borrowing. The balance sheet is particularly solid with gearing of 56%. In light of the quality of its assets, cash flow generation and recurring revenue streams from the business model, the Group remains confident in its ability to pursue strategic acquisitions if opportunities arise.


Strategy & outlook

Through its integrated value-added event industry business model, the Group will pursue its growth strategy by:
- Developing its portfolio of Venues under Management by both adding premium international destinations and strengthening its core local network with the addition of new sites.
- Developing its Events Organization offering in France and international markets along the line of acquisitions announced in early 2008.
- Strengthening positions in the three key segments of "Large Events" market (Sports, Corporate and Institutional, Cultural) by progressively rolling out a specific vertical offering combining Organization Venues and Services.

In 2008, GL events will contribute to SIHH trade fair devoted to fine watches in Geneva, the UEFA European Football Championship, and the Beijing Olympic Games. The Group also intends to accelerate the creation and duplication of proprietary events. Fagga Eventos for example will organize 4 new trade shows this year in Brazil, Agor will launch a new CFIA Food Industry Supplier Trade Show in Metz and Sepelcom will organize a new edition of the Bocuse d'Or World Cuisine Contest in Norway and Shanghai that will also host the 1st edition of the Enterprise Learning China exhibition .

Forecasted sales growth for 2008 is between 5% and 10%.

Confident in its prospects for continued growth, the Group confirms its longer-term targets for sales of €900 million in 2010 with 60% from Venue and Event Management and 40% from Services accompanied by further improvements in margins.


Proposed increase in the dividend of 28%

The General Meeting to be held on 16 May 2008 (4:00 p.m. at the Lyon Convention Centre) will be asked to approve a dividend of €0.90 per share. This dividend will reward shareholders for their confidence and loyalty while maintaining the investment capacity of the Group to pursue profitable growth and generate additional value.


Upcoming events:

2008 first-quarter sales, 24 April (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
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