European leader in linen & workwear rental, laundry services,
hygiene and well-being services

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Elis is the leader in the rental and maintenance of linens, professional garments, and hygiene and wellness equipment.

Elis’s business model consists of offering items for rent rather than selling its goods. This helps to manage costs with guaranteed quality control and an active environmental strategy. This circular model is the promise of industrial expertise that we place in the service of our clients so that they can refocus on their core businesses.

The Group is present in Europe and in Latin America. It actively helps to preserve local jobs and provides multiple services to more than 240,000 clients of all sizes working in hospitality, healthcare, industry, commerce and cleaning.

 


Strategy

A unique multi-service model with a clear strategy for growth.  Our strategy is based on four pillars:

  • Consolidate its positions through organic growth and acquisitions;
  • Develop its activities in Latin America;
  • Continue to improve its operational excellence;
  • Introducing new products and services at limited marginal cost.

 


Sustainable development

Our commitments

  • Participate in the development of a more sustainable business model
    • REINFORCING the development of our business around
      the functional economy
    • INNOVATING to develop alternative solutions to disposable goods
    • AWARENESS-RAISING amongst our clients on the environmental
      benefits of the rental/maintenance service
  • Offer a responsible, quality portfolio of products and services
    • MEETING our clients’ quality requirements
    • PROMOTING fair trade
    • WORKING on our products’ eco-designs
  • Reduce our business’s environmental footprint
    • REDUCING the consumption of natural resources
    • CONTROLLING our factories’ industrial emissions
    • INCREASING our products’ recovery rates at the end of
      their life cycles
    • OPTIMISING our logistics flows
  • Nurture our employees’ fulfilment
    • ENSURING our staff’s well-being and safety
    • ENABLING our employees to grow both personally
      and professionally
    • FOSTERING equal opportunities

 

>> Read the Elis Ethics Charter (PDF)
>> Read the Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing Charter (PDF)
 


History

Elis: A history of continued growth.

1883: Origins

Elis was born in 1883 with the creation of Grandes Blanchisseries de Pantin, founded by the Leducq Family.

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1968: Creation of Elis

A little less than a century later, in 1968 the Group modernized and brought all of its activities together in a single group that adopted the name of Elis, short for Europe Linge Service (Europe Linens Service).

Beginning in the 1970s: European expansion

Elis went international through acquisitions in Belgium and Spain in 1973 and in Portugal and Germany between 1987 and 1990. In 1994, the Group set up facilities in Luxembourg, followed by Italy in 1999 and by Switzerland in 2001.

1999: Diversification of services

In the late 1990s, the Group began a process to diversify its activities. In 1999, the Group’s activities were extended to the rental and maintenance of water coolers and espresso machines. In 2001, with the acquisition of a cleaning and disinfecting company in Ivry, Elis became the European leader in ultra-clean services.

2010: Continuing internationalization

Elis began its expansion to Brazil and continued in Switzerland with the acquisition of Lavotel. On the Swiss market, the Group engaged in six other targeted acquisitions between 2010 and 2013.

Early 2014: Expansion of Elis’s Brazilian presence

In February 2014, the Group acquired Atmosfera, the leading Brazilian industrial laundry group. Between May and July 2014, the Group continued to expand in the country, acquiring Clara and L’Acqua.

Late 2014 / early 2015: Targeted acquisitions policy

Elis acquired the companies Pro Services Environnement and Kress Textilpflege GmBH.

Early 2015: Initial public offering

In February 2015, Elis was listed on the Euronext regulated stock market in Paris.

Late 2015: Elis acquires the number one player in Chile

After Brazil, Elis continues its growth strategy in Latin America and acquires the number one player in Chile Albia.

2016: Acquisition of Indusal in Spain and entry into the Colombian market with the acquisition of SIL

2017: Acqisition of Lavebras in Brazil and capital increase of 325 million euros

2017: Creation of a pan-Europeen leader with the acquisition of Berendsen

 

Key figures

(1) Combined group 2016 revenue: Combined group 2016 revenue of €3,102 million represents the aggregate of the Adjusted Elis 2016 Revenue and the consolidated revenue of Berendsen (€1,359 million) extracted from Berendsen’s annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 and converted to euro at the average 2016 GBP/EUR rate of 1:1.225. The resulting aggregate revenue is derived from the addition of these components with no further adjustments to conform to Elis’s accounting policies or otherwise.

(2) Combined group 2016 EBITDA Combined group 2016 EBITDA of €959 million represents the aggregate of the Adjusted Elis 2016 EBITDA and the consolidated EBITDA of Berendsen (€427 million) extracted from Berendsen’s annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 and converted to euro at the average 2016 GBP/EUR rate of 1:1.225. The resulting aggregate EBITDA is derived from the addition of these components with no further adjustments to conform to Elis’s accounting policies or otherwise.