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About us and our strategy

Cohort plc is the parent company of four innovative, agile and responsive businesses operating in defence and related markets. It aims to add real value through the experience and contacts of its senior team while providing a light-touch but effective governance framework. Its objective is to deliver value to shareholders through its four operating subsidiaries: EID, MASS, MCL and SEA.

Cohort was founded on the principle that SME-size businesses can prosper by being part of a larger group, where they can benefit from financial oversight, management support and the exchange of information and practices. Cohort aims to achieve this while preserving the high growth potential of innovative independent businesses.

Our mission

To build and operate a group of companies applying advanced technology in defence, security and related markets and combining the innovation and responsiveness of smaller, independent businesses with the stability, shared knowledge, wider market access and lower funding costs of a listed group to provide enduring benefits to customers, employees and shareholders.

1
Consistently grow profits and cash generation organically through our subsidiaries
2
Increase the profitability of the Group and access new markets through selective acquisitions
2
Increase the profitability of the Group and access new markets through selective acquisitions
3
Ensure good corporate governance and sound risk management and communicate what we are doing to investors
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Ensure good corporate governance and sound risk management and communicate what we are doing to investors
  • A focus on trusted delivery to our customers.
  • Encouraging innovation and responsiveness with a low cost base.
  • Identifying and pursuing growth opportunities.
  • Developing high quality leadership teams and a high performance culture.
  • Adjusted operating profit of the Group increased by 18% to £11.9m. When adjusted to remove the full year effect of the acquisitions made in 2014/15 the increase was 13%.
  • Net funds increased to £19.8m.
  • Completed first executive and leadership development programme for Directors and future leaders of the Group respectively.
  • Continued organic growth through pursuing identified opportunities in UK and export defence and other market areas.
  • Invest in current and future market growth opportunities including cyber and new naval systems.
  • Continue Executive Development Programme for Cohort and subsidiary Directors.
  • Continue Group-wide Leadership Development Programme, aimed at the future leaders of the business.