Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

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Groupe Bruxelles Lambert S.A.
Groep Brussel Lambert N.V.
Naamloze vennootschap / Société anonyme
Traded asEuronextGBL
IndustryHolding company
FoundedJanuary 4, 1902; 117 years ago (1902-01-04)
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Key people
Gérald Frère (Chairman of the Board) Ian Gallienne (Co-CEO) and Gérard Lamarche (Co-CEO)
ProductsIndustrial holdings

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL), is a Belgian holding company invested in various sectors within companies that can be considered marketleaders and in which it can play an active role as a professional shareholder over the long term.

In the last few years, the holding largely divested its stakes in the energy sector to turn to sustainable growth company focused on consumer goods or services. The firm is directed by Ian Gallienne and Gérard Lamarche, Co-CEOs. The company had a net asset value of EUR 19 billion and a market capitalisation of EUR 15 billion at the end of 2017. GBL primarily invests in listed companies.


Since 2012, GBL divested more and more its stakes in Total and Engie. These two companies in the energy sector that constituted 41.5% of the value of GBL in 2011, only represented 4.2% of the portfolio on 31 March 2017. Simultaneously, GBL expanded into new business segments by acquiring stakes in SGS, Umicore, adidas, Ontex, Burberry and Parques Reunidos. Strategic investments represents the majority of assets (Imerys, LafargeHolcim, adidas, SGS, Pernod Ricard, Umicore, Total) to which are added Incubator investments (Ontex, Burberry and Parques Reunidos) and Sienna Capital (Alternative Investments).


As at 31/03/2017, the portfolio had the following (non-exhaustively).

Company % of share capital % of share in GBL portfolio
Imerys 53.6% 19.4%
LafargeHolcim 9.4% 18.1%
adidas 7.5% 15.9%
SGS 16.2% 14.4%
Pernod Ricard 7.5% 12.6%
Umicore 17.0% 5.8%
Total 0.7% 4.4%
Ontex 19.98% 2.8%
Burberry 3.0% 1%

The company address is Avenue Marnix 24, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.


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