About Coface

Our history

The Coface group has contributed since its establishment to the performance and growth of businesses

While becoming more and more international, the Coface group has contributed since its establishment to the performance and growth of businesses of all sizes worldwide, and to building and conveying a climate of trust among economic players.
1946 :
  • Establishment of Coface, a French company specialising in export credit insurance.
1992 :
  • Start of international expansion. Gradual development of the network in new countries, most notably Germany  and Austria in 1991 and UK and Italy in 1992.
  • Creation of Coface Partner Network, a worldwide network of insurance companies, business information  agencies, multiline insurance companies and factoring companies.
1994 :
  • Coface privatised. The Group continues to handle public guarantees on behalf of the French State.
2006 :
  • Coface becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Natixis, the financing, asset management and financial services  arm of the BPCE Group, France’s second largest banking group.
2011 :
  • Activities refocused on credit insurance, its traditional core business.
2012 :
  • Launch of Coface Global Solutions (a set of services aimed at multinationals) and Top Liner (complementary  cover  to the classic credit insurance).
2014 :
  • Success of the Coface IPO on the regulated market of Euronext Paris. As of July 2nd 2014, the resulting  shareholding is as follows: Public: 58.50%; Natixis: 41.24%; Employees: 0.26%.
  • Direct presence in 67 countries.
  • Guarantees delivered in nearly 200 countries.
2016 :
  • Launch of a three-year strategic plan "Fit to Win", to improve risk management, operational efficiency and customer service quality.

2017 :
  • The public guarantees are transferred within a subsidiary of Bpifrance, thus putting an end to Coface's activities for the French State.

2018 :
  • ISS-oekom awards Coface "Prime" status for its performance in terms of social responsibility. Coface is thus among the top 10% of insurance companies in the world.

2019 :
  • Acquisition of SID - PKZ, the market leader in credit insurance in Slovenia.
  • Presence in 100 countries.
  • Services delivered in nearly 200 countries.
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