GL events
Welcome to the world of events!
As a leading global player in the events sector, GL events operates in the three main events markets: congresses and conventions, sporting, cultural and political events, and trade shows and consumer fairs.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Nicolas Rodet
GL events
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018
GL events, official supplier of temporary grandstand seating for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. A total of 60,000 temporary seats were installed in thirteen venues.
Commonwealth Games   Gold Coast 2018
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
The project to renovate and modernise the Matmut Stadium in Gerland, launched by Olivier Ginon, the Chairman of GL events, highlights the Group's expertise in terms of engineering, architecture and asset management. The stadium is now home to the LOU Rugby team.
© Nicolas Rodet
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Brazil’s largest event devoted to pop culture and video games is organised and hosted by GL events at the Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro.
© Light Press 2017
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Cannes Film Festival
For more than 20 years, GL events has been providing top-of-the-range, tailor-made services for one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Equita Lyon
The Lyon Equestrian Show, organised and hosted by GL events at Eurexpo, is the largest indoor equestrian event in France.
© Gilles Galoyer
Equita Lyon
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
GL events provides the audiovisual services for this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
Sirha Green
The first trade fair devoted to ecological food-services. Organised and hosted by GL events, the event brings together the sector’s professionals to address the issues of social and environmental responsibility.
© Diph Photography
Sirha Green
Première Vision Paris
Organised and hosted by GL events, the reference event for the fashion world was held at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. It owes its success to its avant-garde selection, bringing together many new products, services and innovations.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Première Vision Paris
Light Festival Lyon
GL events Audiovisual, an official partner and service provider to the Lyon Light Festival, draws on its expertise and talent for several artistic projects in various venues during this international event.
© Thierry Perre / Partners’ Club of the ‘Fête des Lumières’ / Lyon Light Festival 2017
Light Festival Lyon
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2008 first half results
Confirmation of 2008 full-year forecasts


€ millionsH1 2006H1 2007H1 2008Change
Net sales 251,9 333,9 294,0 -12,0%
Operating profit 20,8 31,0 23,1 -25,4%
Operating margin 8,3% 9,3% 7,9% -
Net financial expense (1,6) (1,4) (6,9) -
Income before taxes 19,2 29,6 16,3  
Tax (5,9) (9,4) (2,6) -
Net income of fully consolidated companies 13,4 20,2 13,7 -32,0%
Income from equity-accounted investments (0,2) 0,1 0,6 -
Net income before minority interests 13,1 20,3 14,3 -29,7%
Minority interests (1,0) (3,1) 0,1 -
Net income 12,1 17,2 14,4 -16,2%

(1) The interim condensed consolidated financial statements can be consulted at the website, under the heading Financial Information.

GL events had net sales in the 2008 first half of €294.0 million, remaining stable on the basis of the consolidation scope of 1 January 2008. Following exceptional expansion in the 2007 first half (with organic growth of +28.5%), at constant structure and exchange rates sales declined 4.6%. Venue Management and Event Organisation accounted for 54% of consolidated sales.

As previously indicated, this first-half performance includes impacts of:
- Disposals at 2007 year-end;
- The biennial nature of certain events such as athe International Catering and Food Trade Exhibition in Lyon (SIRHA): -€19 million;
- Full-year contributions from the acquisitions of notably Promotor International (organisation of trade fairs and ownership of the Turin exhibition centre) and Agor (organisation of trade fair) and for additional revenue of €19 million;
- Industrial trade fairs added to the event portfolio in 2008.

The Venue Management and Event Organisation businesses had revenue of €159 million. Revenue was virtually unchanged for Venue Management and declined 4.6% at constant structure and exchange rates for Event Organisation.

The integration of Agor (Tradexpo, Foods&Goods, Orhopa, CFIA and Print'or trade fairs), Expo Indus (Industrie Paris and Industrie Lyon, SCS Automation & Control Paris & Lyon, RF & Hyper and the Forum de l'Electronique) and Promotor International (trade shows: Bologna Motor Show, My Special Car, Salone del Vino, Expocasa and ownership of the Turin exhibition park) has proceeded as planned.

Overall, frequency levels for trade fairs organised by the Group were satisfactory in line with forecasts. For the full year, trade fairs organised by the Group will provide showcases for more than 31,000 exhibitors and 6.000.000 visitors.

The Services division had sales of €135 million, down 6.1% on a constant structure and exchange rate basis, following the excellent performance of the 2007 first-half (with the Cricket World Cup contributing revenue of €21 million).

In the first six months, the Group contributed as a partner to a significant number of recurrent local, national and international events. These included services for Olympic Game venues in Hong Kong and the European Football Championship.

Consolidated operating profit was €23.1 million with an operating margin of 7.9%:
- Following significant changes in the consolidation scope, the operating margin for venue and event management was 12% on operating profit of €19 million;
- Operating profit for Services totalled €4.2 million with an operating margin of 3.1%.

The Group does not expect capital gains from disposals in the second half compared with €6 million in the first six months. For the full year, capital gains in consequence should not exceed the amount for 2007 or €7 million.



Cash flow totalled €27 million. The trend for use of working capital that totalled €24.7 million in the first half should be reversed in the second half reflecting the schedule of trade fairs. In addition, the Group is progressively building up working capital funds (negative WCR) that totalled €64 million at 30 June 2008.

Investments in the first half totalled €38 million including €27 million for operating capital expenditures.

At 30 June, the Group had gearing of 77%.



The Group intends to pursue its strategy and strengthen its positions in the three major event industry markets (trade shows, conventions and large events), through its unique offering for event organisation, hosting and equipment:
- Developing the event organisation offering: As trade fairs continue to represent a highly attractive vehicle for commerce, the Group will pursue the development of specialised offerings, in line with those already developed for the industry, fashion and agri-food segments;
- Continued expansion of the network of venues: in 2009, the Brussels convention centre, the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris and the multi-purpose hall of Roanne will be put into service. In addition, the worldwide market should provide a significant number of opportunities for growth, both in France, with a significant schedule of competitive bids as well as in Europe, Latin America and Asia for all types of venues;
- An international strategy for Services.

The contract signed with the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Territorial Development will be implemented in the second half. Under France's Presidency of the European Union, this six month agreement provides for the organisation of 60 events and will represent approximately €8 million and includes the provision of associated services.

In this same period, GL events will produce major events or host trade fairs at its venues including Pollutec (in Lyon), Piscine (a leading worldwide trade fair organised by the Group and held in Lyon), Bologna Motor Show (organised by the Group in Bologna) and the Pret à Porter Paris® trade fair (Porte de Versailles, in partnership with the French Federation of Women's Ready-To-Wear).

In the Services division, The Group has also renewed its multiyear contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide temporary installations for summits in France and international locations. On this basis, the Group will contribute in 2009 to the NATO summit in Strasbourg. This contract should represent sales of approximately €14 million over the four-year period.

The Group maintains targets for the full year in line with guidance announced on 27 July 2008: sales of €610 million with income before taxes of approximately €46 million and net income comparable to last year's performance on the basis of a tax rate of approximately 28%.

For fiscal 2009, GL events forecasts significant sales growth.


Upcoming events:

2008 third-quarter sales: 21 October 2008 (after the close of trading)

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