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Business model

How Coats creates value

Our vision is to become the world leader in value adding engineered yarns and threads for industrial and consumer use, and our business model provides us with the framework to effectively design, manufacture, market and deliver high quality products and digital services.

Our financial strength, resilience and ability to generate free cash flow provides us with thecapacity to undertake well-considered, valuable investment into our products, services andpeople, to better meet our customers’ needs and further our success and brand reputation.

While having the right products and services is critical, what is fundamental to our success is our reputation. This ensures the trust and confidence of our stakeholders and therefore our ability to create ongoing value.

Three elements are pivotal to maintaining and further strengthening our reputation; our commitment to operating responsibly; our principles which guide our behaviours; and the effective and efficient management of risk. These components underpin our overall approach and impact every decision we make as they help to safe-guard our reputation.


Goals and culture

Financial strength | Risk management | Corporate Responsibility | Health and Safety

Our outputs: ‘Benefits for stakeholders’

  • Profitability By increasing our market share, operational gearing, productivity and procurement gains and controlling overheads, we are working hard to offset structural labour and energy inflation. Operating profits reflect this and have delivered a double digit CAGR % growth increase between 2014–16.
  • Returns on capital By increasing profitability and disciplined capital management, both fixed assets and working capital, we have seen our returns on capital - measured as ROCE - increase from 24% in 2014 to 39% in 2016.
  • Cash generation By ensuring a track record of delivering good levels of adjusted free cash flow, $237 million cumulatively between 2014–16, this allows us to reinvest in organic growth, make pensions repair payments, self-finance bolt-on acquisitions and pay dividends to shareholders.

A world of opportunities

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Careers with Coats

Our responsibilities

We're committed to growing as a sustainable business

Our CR approach

Corporate Responsibility

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We operate to the highest ethical business and employment standards across all our global operations

Our CR approach