Wednesday 21 August 2019

Aston Martin shareholder considers buying another €76m stake

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 1995 film GoldenEye (John Stillwell/PA)
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 1995 film GoldenEye (John Stillwell/PA)

Holly Williams

Aston Martin's biggest investor is looking to boost its stake by splashing out £68m (€75.9m) on another 3pc holding in the luxury car-maker.

Strategic European Investment Group - a subsidiary of private equity firm Investindustrial Advisors - said it is considering buying 6.8 million shares at £10 each in the maker of cars favoured by fictional spy James Bond.

Strategic European Investment Group already has a 30.97pc stake in Aston Martin, which floated on the London Stock Exchange last year.

The investor said it has the support of Mercedes Benz maker Daimler, which has agreed to approve the deal in respect of its 4.2pc shareholding in Aston Martin.

Other investors - Adeem Automotive Manufacturing Company, Asmar, Primewagon and Stehwaz Automotive Jersey - have also agreed to support the deal in respect of their 30.6pc combined shareholdings in Aston Martin.

Aston Martin's entrance to the stock market in October has so far failed to live up to expectations, with the car-maker's shares sharply lower than their opening price.

Results in May showed the company swung to a £17.3m (€19.3m) pre-tax loss in the first quarter, down from a £2.8m (€3.1m) profit a year earlier, after it sold fewer higher priced "special" cars.

Total revenue for the period jumped 6pc to £196m (€218.7m), driven by strong growth in North America and Asia.

But the number of wholesale units sold in the UK, its largest market, slid by 9pc, while sales elsewhere in Europe also fell, declining 4pc.

The car-maker's gross profit margin shrank slightly to 42pc, from 44pc in 2018, as the number of special car sales declined and its average selling price of core models also fell.

PA Media

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