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 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
Brazil Game Show
The biggest game show in Latin America chose Sao Paulo Expo to host this year’s event, attended by 300,000 fans!
© @studioLopes
Brazil Game Show
Turin International Book Fair
With 127,596 tickets sold in 2016, the Turin Book Fair, organised by GL events – Lingotto Fiere, is a genuine success story.
© Fondazione per il Libro, la Musica e la Cultura
Turin International Book Fair
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
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
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GL events reports positive operating results for the 2009 first-half

Pre-tax income up 17.3%
Operating cash flow of €41.3 million


H1 2009


H1 2008




H1 2008

published (3)



Net sales 300.6 294.0 +2.3% 294.0 +2.3%
Operating profit 25.4 16.1 +58.2% 23.1 +9.8%
Operating margin (%) 8.5% 5.5% - 7.9% 6.8%
Net financial expense (6.3) (6.9) 8.0% (6.9) 8.0%
Pre-tax income 19.1 9.2 +107.6% 16.3 +17.3%
Income tax (6.8) (2.6) - (2.6) -
Net income of fully consolidated companies 12.3 6.6 +85.9% 13.7 -10.2%
Income from equity-accounted investments 0.4 0.6 - 0.6 -
Net income before minority interests 12.7 7.2 +76.5% 14.3 -11.1%
Minority interests (2.0) (0.1) - (0.1) -
Net income 10.7 7.3 +45.7% 14.4 -26.0%


* Excluding capital gains from the disposal of activity

In a difficult economic environment, GL events had growth in consolidated revenue for the 2009 first half of 2.3% to €301 million. Revenue like-for-like (comparable structure and exchange rates) remained relatively stable, contracting 1.5%.

These performances in a challenging market for the event industry confirm the pertinence of the Group's business model based on international expansion and integration and increasing synergies across the event industry chain.

Following growth of 9.7%, Venue and Event Management now accounts for 58% of total Group revenue. Operating income for this division totalled €21.3 million, resulting in a 0.3 point improvement in the margin to 12.2%.

Services in reality grew 9%, boosted by synergies with venue management and event businesses. Published results of this business however reflect the adverse impact of the recognition of a portion of its revenue under the Venue Management and Events division. Services had operating income of €4.2 million, also representing an improvement in its margin by 0.2 points to 3.3%.

Already in mid-2008, the Group began to focus on controlling costs and maintaining business margins at good levels to preserve the profitability of operations. On this basis margins of both the two major business lines improved, with the operating margin overall increasing 0.6 points to 8.5%. Restated to exclude the impact of the capital gain in the 2008 first half, operating profit rose 58%.

On lower borrowing costs, pre-tax income increased 17.3% to €19.1 million. However, reflecting a reduced income tax expense in the 2008 first half from the capital gain, comparisons of after-tax income are of marginal significance. Growth in income attributable to minority interests reflects the impact of biennial factors. Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent totalled €10.7 million, up significantly after excluding the impact of the capital gain.


Cash flow after tax totalled €39.6 million, a significant increase over the same period last year. With a contribution from Working Capital Funds of €1.7 million, operating cash flow amounted to €41.3 million. Shareholders' equity of the Group in consequence was €306.7 million for a gearing(1) limited to 0.8 and leverage (2) of less than 3. The Group has thus fully met the requirements of its bank covenants.


The Group will sign a major contract for a comprehensive offering of Services in connection with the World Football Cup to be held from 11 June to 11 July 2010 in South Africa. Services under this contract for a minimum amount of €30 million will be provided through a joint venture 60%-held by GL events.

The acquisition of Alice Evénements, the inaugurations of the Brussels Convention Centre and the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild and the concession for the Turin Paloval will drive growth in the second half along with significant opportunities to develop synergies within the Group.

The group should announce significative venue management contracts during the second half of the year and make a point about the process of real estate externalisation in Torino and Budapest as previously informed.

Along with major political, cultural and sports events distinguished by their marginal correlation with the economic environment, corporate events represent an indispensable media for developing business. In this highly recessionary environment, the Group has done more than simply hold its ground and been successful in actively preparing for the rebound. As the recovery gains momentum, with a significant number of calls for tender for event venue concessions along with a number of large worldwide events programmed over the 2010-2012 period, the Group expects to pursue with assurance its international development.

(1) Gearing : Rapport de la Dette Financière Nette aux Fonds Propres
(2) Leverage : Rapport de la Dette Financière Nette à l'Excédent Brut d'Exploitation

The interim financial report is available at the website:

Upcoming events:
2009 third-quarter sales: 20 October 2009 (after the close of trading)

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Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
Telephone :  + 33 4 72 31 54 20
Fax : + 33 4 26 20 42 00
Email :

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Erick Rostagnat - Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration:
Tel : +33(0)4 72 31 54 20


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