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    March 2017

Timeline Events

Acquisition

Sale

2012 - Continued development of the private equity activity

In 2012, EUR 28 million were released to the funds Ergon Capital Partners and Sagard with the aim to finance investments.

Sale of 10.0% of Arkema

On 13 March 2012, GBL sold its stake in Arkema. The net proceeds from the disposal amounts to EUR 432 million, generating a capital gain of EUR 221 million...

Partial sale of a 2.3% interest in Pernod Ricard

A 2.3% interest in Pernod Ricard was sold for EUR 499 million, generating a consolidated capital gain of around EUR 240 million...

EUR 401 million of exchangeable bonds into Suez Environnement shares

Successful issuance of 3-year exchangeable bonds into Suez Environnement shares...

2013 - EUR 1.0 billion exchangeable bonds into GDF SUEZ shares

Issuance of exchangeable bonds into around 55 million GDF SUEZ shares, representing a 2.3% stake in the company, for EUR 1.0 billion....

Sale of 2.7% of GDF SUEZ

Sale through an accelerated book-building (ABB) of 65 million GDF SUEZ shares, representing a stake of around 2.7% in the company,...

Acquisition of a 15% stake in SGS

Agreement with EXOR for the acquisition of its 15% stake in SGS, the global leader in testing, inspection and certification, listed on the Zurich stock exchange...

Investment in Umicore

As part of the development of the Incubator Investments, crossing of the 3% statutory threshold in Umicore...

End of the shareholder agreement relating to Suez Environnement

Non-renewal of the shareholders’ agreement relating to Suez Environnement and signing of a framework industrial and commercial cooperation agreement between GDF SUEZ and Suez Environnement.

GBL Placement of five-year GBL convertible bonds for EUR 428 million

Issuance of EUR 428.4 million of convertible bonds into 5.0 million GBL treasury shares (3.1% of the share capital).

Continued development of the Financial Pillar: Sagard III and Kartesia

GBL provided further support to the French investment fund Sagard by making a EUR 200 million commitment to Sagard III alongside Power Corporation of Canada.

Sale of a 0.3% interest in Total

Sale, for around EUR 360 million, of 8.2 million Total shares representing around 0.3% of the company’s capital.

2014 - Complete disposal of the stake in Iberdrola

At the start of the year, sale of the residual stake (0.1% of the share capital) in Iberdrola for EUR 21 million, generating a capital gain of EUR 3 million.

New acquisition by Ergon Capital Partners III

Ergon Capital Partners III (« ECP III ») acquired a majority shareholding in Visionnaire on 16 April 2014, as well as in Sausalitos on mid-July 2014.

Partial conversion of exchangeable bonds into Suez Environnement shares

Requests for early conversion of exchangeable bonds into Suez Environnement shares maturing in September 2015.

Sale of investments in Corialis

Completion by Ergon Capital Partners II (“ECP II”) and Sagard II on 30 October 2014 of the sale of their shareholding in Corialis.

Continued development of the Financial Pillar

In the fourth quarter of 2014, commitment by Sienna Capital of EUR 75 million to Mérieux Développement’s investment companies.

Further purchases of Umicore shares

Further purchases of Umicore shares. GBL held 12.4% of the company’s share capital at 31 December 2014, for a total investment of EUR 464 million.

End 2014 - Sale of a 0.6% interest in Total

Disposal of an additional fraction of 14.0 million Total shares (representing 0.6% of the share capital) for EUR 650 million.

2015 - Sale by Ergon Capital Partners II of its shareholding in Joris Ide

During the first quarter of 2015, sale by Ergon Capital Partners II of its majority stake in Joris Ide, a leading manufacturer of insulated panels and steel profiles.

Investment of EUR 150 million in PrimeStone by Sienna Capital

In February 2015, EUR 150 million investment by Sienna Capital in PrimeStone, a new fund whose strategy consists in taking medium- to long-term positions in European mid-cap listed companies.

Acquisition of S&B by Imerys

Completion of the acquisition by Imerys of the Greek group S&B on 26 February 2015.

Investment in Ontex

Acquisition of a 7.6% stake in the capital of the Belgian listed company Ontex, a major player in the disposable personal hygiene products market.

Acquisition of Golden Goose by Ergon Capital Partners III

On 19 May 2015, acquisition by Ergon Capital Partners III of a majority stake in Golden Goose, an Italian designer of contemporary footwear, clothing and accessories.

Acquisitions and sale by Sagard III

New acquisitions by Sagard III during 2015 : Safic-Alcan, Délices des 7 Vallées and Alvest.

Merger between Lafarge and Holcim

Launch on 1 June 2015 by Holcim of its public exchange offer for all Lafarge shares.

Sale of Cérélia by Sagard II

In July 2015, sale of Sagard II’s stake in Cérélia, generating a capital gain of EUR 14 million (GBL share).

Matured exchangeable bonds in Suez

The bonds exchangeable into Suez shares matured in September 2015.

EUR 386 million invested by Kartesia

EUR 386 million invested at 31 December 2015 (corresponding to 76% of the total commitments since inception), in primary and secondary transactions.

Disposal of Total shares

Disposal of 12.1 million Total shares for EUR 556 million during 2015, generating a consolidated capital gain of EUR 282 million.

Investment in adidas

On 24 July GBL had crossed the statutory threshold of 3% in the share capital of adidas, a global group specialised in the design and distribution of sports equipment.

Strengthening of the position in Umicore

Increasing stake in Umicore, holding 16.6% of the capital at 31 December 2015 (12.4% at end of December 2014), representing a market value of EUR 720 million.

Dec. 2015 - Commitment of EUR 113 million by Sienna Capital in BDT Capital Partners

In December 2015, commitment of EUR 113 million by Sienna Capital to BDT Capital Partners II...

Acquisition of a stake in "Looping" by ECP III

On 1 March 2016, Ergon Capital Partners III acquired an indirect majority stake in Financière Looping Holding S.A.S. (“Looping”), an amusement park operator.

BDT Capital Partners' new acquisition

In March 2016, in partnership with the majority shareholder JAB Holding Co, BDT Capital Partners finalised the acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

Strengthening of the stake in Ontex

On 16 March 2016, GBL notified Ontex that it had crossed the statutory threshold of 10% in the share capital of the company.

Acquisition of a stake in Prosol by Sagard

On 25 March 2016, a group of investors led by Sagard announced that they had signed an agreement with Denis Dumont, founder of and majority shareholder in Grand Frais, to acquire a minority stake

EUR 426 million invested by Kartesia

At 31 March 2016, Kartesia had invested EUR 426 million in primary and secondary transactions.

Continued acquisition of Umicore shares

GBL slightly increased its stake in Umicore and holds 17.0% of the company’s share capital at 31 March 2016 (16.6% at the end of December 2015), for a market value of EUR 833 million.

Strengthening of the stake in adidas

At 31 March 2016, GBL holds 6.1% of adidas, representing a market value of EUR 1.3 billion.

Sale of a 1.1% interest in Total during the first quarter of 2016

During the first quarter of 2016, GBL sold an additional fraction of Total shares representing 1.1% of this group’s capital (27.5 million shares for a gross amount of EUR 1.1 billion).

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