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11, Grand-Rue

Geneva, 1204


Phone: 41 22 817 77 77

Fax: 41 22 817 77 70

Pargesa Holding SA operates as a holding company. It buys, sells, directs and manages investments in the financial, commercial, and industrial sectors, both in Switzerland and in other countries. Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) GBL directly owns the Pargesa Group’s holdings in Total, Suez and Bertelsmann. GBL also holds a stake in Imerys, which is thus controlled jointly by Pargesa and GBL. GBL’s portfolio comprises four participations, namely Bertelsmann, Total, Suez and Imerys. Imerys: Imerys operates as a mineral processing company. Imerys operates in four business groups: Specialty Minerals, Pigments for Paper, Building Materials, and Refractories & Abrasives. Imerys mines and processes minerals from reserves with rare qualities in order to develop solutions that improve its customers’ product performance and manufacturing efficiency. The company’s product applications include construction, personal care products, paper, paint, plastics, ceramics, and telecommunications. Bertelsmann: Bertelsmann operates as a media and entertainment group. Its core business is the creation of media content. Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Its content is contributed by RTL Group; Random House; Gruner + Jahr; and BMG, the umbrella of Sony BMG Music Entertainment and BMG Music Publishing. Arvarto provides media services, while Direct Group engages in media distribution through clubs and on the Internet. Total: Total operates as an integrated oil and gas group with substantial chemical activities worldwide. With operations in approximately 100 countries, the group’s activities span all aspects of the energy industry from upstream oil and gas exploration, development and production to downstream refining and marketing of refined products, as well as international trading in both crude and refined products. Suez: Suez, an international industrial and services group, designs sustainable and improved solutions for the management of public utilities, as a partner of public authorities, businesses and individuals. The company aims to answer essential needs in electricity, gas, energy services, water, and waste management. The Energy business unit of Suez spreads across the entire value chain: sale and trading of electricity and natural gas; generation of electricity and heat, an activity for which the group supplies energy services in Europe; construction, management and maintenance of transport and distribution networks for electricity and natural gas; liquefaction, transport and regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG); local management of energies and fluids; design, construction and maintenance of installations. The Environment business unit supplies sustainable solutions to industrial and individual customers around the world in order to satisfy the expanding needs of local authorities and businesses for essential environmental services, water, sanitation and waste management. Orior Holdings SA: The Orior Group, owned 100% by Pargesa, is active in the food industry through its subsidiary Orior Food SA, of which it holds 95.7% of the capital, with the balance held by management as part of its incentive plans. The Prepared Meat Division operates in the Swiss market for salami, mortadella and cooked ham, and holds a substantial share of the market for other cured meat products. Its major brands are Rapelli, Ticinella, San Pietro, and El Campeon. The Fresh Products Division operates a food group, which is the Swiss market pates, delicatessen items and ready-made meals through the Le Patron and Traiteur Seiler brands, as well as the fresh pasta group Pastinella, which enjoys a very major market share in Switzerland through the Traiteur Seiler and Trinca brands and the production of Buitoni Fresco pasta for Switzerland. The Poultry and Vegetarian Division operates in the Swiss market for chicken-based and vegetarian products, a product-line that is developing rapidly.


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