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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2017 first-quarter sales: €283.2 million, +19.9% in relation to Q1 2016

Q1 revenue (€m)2017
Reported basis
Reported basis
Reported basis
Live  119.3  101.4  102.0  +17.6%  +17.0%
Exhibitions  88.5  63.6  82.0  +39.4%  +7.9%
Venues  75.3  71.2  66.2  +5.8%  +13.7%
Consolidated total  283.2  236.2  250.2  +19.9%  +13.2%

The Group had revenue in the 2017 first quarter of €283.2 million, up from €236.2 million in 2016 or 19.9% and up from €250.2 million in 2015, a benchmark year with a comparable biennial profile, or 13.2%.


Growth from all three business divisions, GL events Live, GL events Exhibitions and GL events Venues

GL events Live had revenue of €119.3 million (up 17.6% and 13.0% LFL*). This included notably services for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, in Croatia for the launch of the new Nissan Micra (complete organisation over a two-month period) and the integration of CCC, an agency specialised in the organisation of medical conventions acquired in February as announced on 21 March 2017.

With €88.5 million in revenue, GL events Exhibitions grew 39.4% (+39.3% LFL*) and 7.9% on a comparable biennial basis. This year's edition of Sirha achieved a record performance: 132,000 sqm of occupied space, 3,000 exhibitors and brands, 208,000 visitors (+10%), 25,469 chefs (+29%) and 21 contests with a high level of satisfaction and reinforced international presence. The CFIA also registered growth with 20,000 net sqm of occupied stands and nearly 18,000 visitors (up 5%). The Group's other events either maintained their ground or expanded in relation to 2016 or 2015.

GL events Venues had revenue of €75.3 million, up 5.8% (3.3% like-for-like). This growth was largely driven by the performances of Sao Paulo expo, (including the Plastico Brasil show), but also Eurexpo (developments for Sirha) and Palais Brongniart (with notably the Paris Fintech Forum, Tranoi and



With this strong first quarter, and in light of the Olympic Games and the European football championship held in 2016, GL events is expecting growth in the first half and confirms its 2017 guidance for full year growth.



As announced previously, payment of a dividend of €0.65 per share, representing a 3.1% yield in relation to the closing price of 24 April 2017, will be proposed at the upcoming General Meeting of the shareholders to be held on 28 April 2017.



*LFL = Like-for-like defined as at constant structure and exchange rates



Upcoming events:
First-half revenue: 18 July 2017 (after the close of trading)



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