Today, Bouygues is a diversified industrial group with a strong corporate culture. Its businesses focus on two sectors: construction, with Bouygues Construction (building, civil works and electrical contracting), Bouygues Immobilier (property development) and Colas (roads); and telecoms/media, with TF1 and Bouygues Telecom. Sustainable development is an integral part of the strategy of all the Group's businesses. In April 2006, Bouygues acquired the French government’s 21% stake in Alstom, with which it concluded a cooperation agreement. The Group thus expanded into new high-growth business lines: transport and power. At end-2008, Bouygues held a 30% stake in Alstom.
Operating in 80 countries, the Bouygues group has a workforce of 145,150. In 2008, its sales totalled €32.7 billion, of which €10.4 billion generated outside France.
Bouygues, listed on Euronext's Eurolist (compartment A), is included in the CAC 40 index. At 31 December 2008, its market capitalisation amounted to €10.4 billion.
Bouygues Construction draws on its know-how in complex projects, technical and financial engineering and a sound track record to pursue strategic growth. The company generates close to half of its sales abroad. Among its ongoing projects: the CB31 Tower in La Défense, Cyprus international airports, Busan port in South Korea, Gautrain rail link in South Africa, etc.
After several years of strong growth, Bouygues Immobilier is consolidating its positions in a slowing French residential market while taking a cautious approach in the commercial property segment. A key player in sustainable development, it launched Green Office®, France's first large-scale positive-energy building, in Meudon (outside Paris).
Colas, the world's top roadworks group, continues to make acquisitions in Europe and North America.
TF1 remains the leading French general-interest channel, achieving an audience share of 27.2%1 at end-2008. It is currently adapting to a changing competitive environment and new television viewing patterns. TF1 aims to be a full-service media group operating on different broadcasting platforms.
Bouygues Telecom rejected the first round of conditions for the award of UMTS licences in France in 2001, choosing to roll out EDGE technology together with 3G+ technology to provide its customers with access to broadband. Bouygues Telecom became an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and launched the Bbox broadband router in October on the fixed network it acquired in July 2008. With 9.5 million customers at 30 June 2008, Bouygues Telecom remains true to its successful positioning, which revolves around simple, useful and affordable services.