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 GL events press releases and financial news - 2011

2011 first-quarter sales:
€224.2 million (+17.4%)

GL events had quarterly revenue of €224.2 million, up 17.4% (+6.7% like-for-like*). In an event market gradually picking up, Group momentum remained sustained in the first quarter, following a performance in 2010 of record 25% growth.

Consolidated sales (€ millions)20102011

11/10 Change (%)

First quarter 190.9 224.2 +17.4%


Robust growth and a balanced mix

The Group pursued its development through a balanced mix of acquisitions and organic growth. GL events generated additional revenue of €14 million like-for-like or growth of 6.7%. The Group also benefited from the integration of Brelet and Slick in addition to its increasing stake in Première Vision that provided an overall contribution to revenue of €17 million in the first quarter.

In geographical terms, the Group benefited from solid international positions and its capacity to deploy its range of expertise across global markets. International operations continued to generate growth despite an unfavourable comparison base from the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World CupTM 2010.

French operations added €32 million to achieve quarterly revenue of €147.6 million (+28%) on business volume from trade fairs including notably SIRHA (the International Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Exhibition), supplemented by contributions from acquisitions.


Performances by business division

Revenue by business division broke down as follows:

Consolidated sales (€ millions)2010201111/10 Change (%)
GL events Live 93.0 90.7 -2.5%
GL events Exhibitions 41.4 80.5 +94.6%
GL events Venues 56.5 53.0 -6.1%


GL events Live (Event Organisation and Services for Events) had revenue of €90.7 million, down slightly 2.5% from the same quarter in 2010 that had included €14 million recognised by the Group from contracts for football competitions held in Africa.
Major events organised and equipped by the Group included the Africa Cup of Nations in Qatar, the RBS 6 Nations rugby championship and the G20 Global Financial Summit and seminar.

GL events Exhibitions
(Trade Fair Organisation) also benefited from more positive trends for the organisation of trade fairs, good performances by SIRHA (a significant rise in the number of visitors, more than 10,000 chefs representing 136 countries, international development, growth in both French and international media coverage) and the Rendez-vous Bâtiment Energie Positive devoted to clean energy in the construction industry, both held in Lyon, and the Brazilian edition of the Première Vision fabrics fair.

GL events Venues (Venue Management) had revenue of €53 million with a decline as expected on seasonal effects.

Customers gradually are renewing their interest in convention centres and at 31 March orders for GL events Venues were at satisfactory levels for the coming quarters.

For this division as well, negotiations are in progress for major contracts that may also result in signatures in the coming weeks.


GL events confirms its leadership in the segment for major worldwide sports events

The Organising Committees of the 2011 Rugby Cup in New Zealand and the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia both selected GL events to provide engineering services and installations for their events.

The Group will also be present at the Test Events 2011 held in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

After contributing to major worldwide events in 2010 (FIFA World CupTM, Commonwealth Games, World Expo), the Group has again confirmed its position as a partner of major global events, notably world-class sports events and major summits of Heads of State, based on the commitment of its teams, high-quality assets and a strong brand name.


Confirmation of 2011 targets

On the strength of positive quarterly commercial performances, the Group expects balanced and profitable growth to continue 2011 through a judicious mix of acquisitions and organic growth. On that basis, GL events confirms targets for annual revenue of €770 million that takes into account a marginal deceleration expected in the second quarter.


* Like-for-like: comparable Group structure and constant exchange rates

Upcoming events:
Annual General Meeting, 29 April 2011 – Lyon Convention Centre.
Half-year results, 28 July 2011 (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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