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 2008

2008 first-quarter sales: €168.2 million
Annual growth guidance confirmed

Net sales (€ millions)200820072007
First quarter 168,2 176,4 177,4

GL events had consolidated first-quarter sales of €168.2 million. Excluding disposals, this represents an adverse change of 4.6% when compared to a 2007 first quarter which had registered particularly strong growth of 40% on the previous year.
This reflects a reversal in the weight of seasonal contributions between the first and second half-years and is mainly the result of the impact of biennial trade fairs and recognition of revenue from major global events. H2 2008 will have stronger growth dynamics than H1 2008.
Revenue and earnings distribution will be aligned along the year, with earnings expected to benefit from a significant leverage in H2 2008.

Overall, GL events reiterates its guidance of like for like revenue growth between +5% and + 10% *

* Excluding acquisitions and disposals at the end of 2007


Venue and Event Management
€97 million - 57.8% of consolidated sales
+2.5% (-7.4 % on a like for like basis and constant exchange rates)

Venue Management had sales of €48 million, up 4.4% (stable on a like for like basis) with favourable levels of bookings for the remainder of the year 2008. The Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Centre has started to reap the benefits of the commercial growth plan launched one year ago and is expected to achieve a good performance as soon as this year. It will also soon host the National Convention of French Solicitors organized by the GL events. Pre-sales order books at new venues currently being open let us anticipate successful launches for these venues.

Event Organization achieved same revenue levels as in H1 2007 at €49 million but was down 14.6% on a like for like basis. This decline is due however exclusively to the impact of the biennial organization of trade shows (Sirha and construction shows mainly). Trade shows organized in France and Europe in the first quarter achieved attendance figures and exhibitors' satisfaction rates in line with expectations.

This quarter was also marked by the addition of the Industrie Paris, Print'or, CFIA, Tradexpo and Foods & Goods trade fairs to the event portfolio.


€71 million - 42.2% of consolidated sales
-14% (unchanged at constant structure and exchange rates)

Following the particularly strong Q1 2007 (+15%) , The Services division pursued its expansion and developed its presence in the market for trade shows, exhibitions and events (Maison et Objet trade show, Who's next, Six Nations Rugby Championship, Olympic Games).



GL events is pursuing a number of internal and external growth projects in France and in other markets in line with its strategic priorities:

- Developing a portfolio of venues under management both in France and at international destinations (exhibition centres, convention centres, stadiums and arenas, event venues),

- Organizing trade and consumer shows, exhibitions and sports, economic and cultural events,

- Providing services for trade shows and exhibitions while achieving synergies with venues managed by the group

In addition, GL events reiterates its goal to refocus on these strategic priorities to maximize return on capital employed and earnings per share.


Upcoming events:

Second-quarter sales: 22 July 2008 (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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