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
Back to Press releases 2006

Full-year sales exceed forecasts: €434.2mn
Estimated growth in income before tax of more than 30%

Net sales - (€ millions)20052004Change
First quarter 100,6 85,4 +17,8%
Second quarter 119,5 96,3 +24,1%
Third quarter 85,3 77,5 +10,1%
Fourth quarter 128,8 96,3 +33,7%
Consolidated annual sales 434,2 355,5 +22,1%

GL events registered robust sales growth in 2005 of 22.1% (+9.8% at comparable structure and exchange rates). This expansion accelerated in the last quarter with record sales of €129mn. Based on the gains by Venue and Event Management, the Group forecasts an improved operating margin and growth in income before tax on the basis of IFRS exceeding 30% (provisional unaudited results).

Venue and Event Management
Growth of 81% to €149.1mn or 34.3% of consolidated annual sales
(+25.5 at comparable structure and exchange rates)

Venue and Event Management sales were boosted by increased activity at convention and exhibition centres under management, and notably the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), the Lyon Convention Centre and the Grande Halle d'Auvergne. The recently added venues of Vannes, Budapest and Padua also fuelled this expansion.

Event Organisation also achieved gains in the period through the development of Europa Organisation, Market Place and the successful integration of Performance Organisation in September 2005.

After the renewal of the management concession for Château de Saint-Priest, the cities of Saint-Etienne and Clermont-Ferrand reconfirmed their confidence in GL events Group, entrusting it with the management of their convention centres through concessions agreements for an additional 10 and 12 years respectively.


Global services for Trade Shows, Exhibitions and Events
Growth of 4.4% to €285.1mn or 65.7% of consolidated annual sales
(+3% at comparable structure and exchange rates)

In light of the absence of major sports events in the year (versus revenue of €15mn from the Athens OG in 2004), Global Services performed well in 2005. This division, both directly, and indirectly, through the consolidated activity of Venue and Event Management, contributed significantly overall to the Group's strong growth.

In the fourth quarter, noteworthy achievements included the provision of the temporary installations for the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis (sales exceeding €5mn) as well as the Home of the Future Exhibition in Budapest (sales of €3mn).



Through a strategy of upstream integration, GL events has developed positive positions across the event organization chain to fully meet strong market demand. Because of its unique positioning, combined with visibility provided from its backlog of orders, the Group is confident of its prospects for future growth and earnings.

The Group's range of expertise will be further strengthen by the addition of Kobé, a specialist in medical meetings and conventions and organizer of some 30 events with annual sales of €4mn.

Finally, Salle 3000 of the Lyon Convention Centre, will be inaugurated in June 2006. This new hall will establish Lyon's position as a major European city for business tourism and enable it to host notably the convention of French mutual insurance companies (congrès de la Mutualité).


Upcoming events:
Publication of 2005 earnings and 2006 sales guidance: 21 March 2006 (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
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