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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Presence in Turkey reinforced

A record contract for the Africa Cup of Nations (sales of €34m)

Very robust gains in Brazil




After a record performance in 2010 (+25%), GL events registered further growth in 2011 with sales of €783 million, up +7.6%. The positive momentum of the first nine months continued in the year's last quarter with sales of €233 million, up +5.9% (including organic growth of 1%).

For another year, the Group delivered a noteworthy performance against the backdrop of sluggish trends for the European event industry overall, bolstered by its international commercial presence. The Group has in this way reaped the benefits from its positions in expanding international markets with stronger growth trends and has well managed the period following the World Football Cup by contributing to a significant number of large-scale events. GL events also benefited from the addition of Brelet, Slick and Serenas, Turkey's leading PCO, and growing contributions from Première Vision.
For the 2011 full year, France accounted for approximately 54% of the Group revenue, Europe 27% and international markets 19%.

CONSOLIDATED REVENUE (€ millions)200920102011Change (%)
First quarter 188.5 190.9 224.2 +17.5%
Second quarter 112.1 165.9 159.6 -3.8%
Third quarter 103.5 150.7 166.1 +10.2%
Fourth quarter 177.3 219.7 232.7 +5.9%
ANNUAL TOTAL 581.4 727.2 782.7 +7.6%






GL events Live with revenue of €397 million, remained stable in relation to the prior year that had included €43 million recognised by the Group from contracts for football competitions held in Africa.

This strategic business unit had a very strong 4th quarter (+21.3%) on contributions from the 100th anniversary of the Gallimard publishing house, G20 meetings in Paris and Cannes, the Test Events held in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games or the Paris–Bercy Tennis BNP Paribas Masters tournament, the Lyon Festival of Lights, the Geneva International Horse Show Jumping Competition. It has also been actively contributing to the Africa Cup of Nations currently being held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

GL events Exhibitions, had revenue in 2011 of €171 million, up 51.4% (+23.3% like-for-like*). This included positive contributions from the integration of Première Vision, more positive trends for the organization of trade fairs in France(SIRHA) and international markets (Construir and the major football sector event, Footecon in Rio de Janeiro as well as the Bologna Motorshow), as well as successes for proprietary trade fairs with multiple editions such as the biennial Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair, the Turin International Book Fair and the Brazilian edition of the Première Vision fabrics show.

GL events Venues had sales of €215 million for the full year, up 0.7%, with a contained decline in the 4th quarter reflecting the seasonality of certain trade fairs.
In 2011, management concession agreements for the Vannes Exhibition Centre and the Grande Halle d'Auvergne (Exhibition Centre and the Zenith concert hall) of Clermont Ferrand were renewed, highlighting the confidence by local stakeholders in the Group's offering and model for development in the different economic regions.

Revenue (€ millions)2010201111/1011/10
GL events Live 401 397 -1% -6.5%
GL events Exhibitions 113 171 +51.4% +23.3%
GL events Venues 213 215 +0.7% +1.2%






The Group maintains its target for growth in operating profit before the extraordinary provision recorded for the 2010 Commonwealth Games contract in India as previously reported. This allowance has no impact on the calculation for the bank covenant for leverage and a very limited impact on gearing.

After contributing to key worldwide events in 2010 and 2011, the Group will focus on confirming its leadership position through team commitment, high-quality assets and a very strong brand name with a significant line-up of world class events for 2012 followed by a positive cycle thereafter in GL events' different regional markets.



Upcoming events:
2011 annual results, 6 March 2012 (after the close of trading)

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

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