Aston Martin has revealed that it plans to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, with sources telling Reuters that the initial public offering (IPO) could be valued at up to £5 billion (RM26.9 billion). This is after the 105-year old British firm, famous for making iconic vehicles for James Bond, revamped its model line-up and increased production.
If it does go public, the firm would become the first British carmaker to go public in London for years, following the sale of Jaguar and Bentley to Tata Motors in 2008. It had, in prior years, gone bankrupt seven times, and in 2017, slipped out of the reds for the first time since 2010. According to the automaker, the IPO would involve a sale of shares by its main owners – Kuwaiti and Italian private equity groups – with at least 25% of the company’s stock to be floated.
The automaker said it had filed a registration document with Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, a requirement for firms considering an IPO. It hopes to complete the flotation this year, and tap into global demand from wealthy buyers who want a slice of the luxury sports car brand. In terms of sales, roughly 25% of Aston Martin vehicles is sold in the European Union, with production taking place at its sole plant in Gaydon. A second plant in Wales is scheduled for opening in 2019.
Following in the footsteps of Ferrari, Aston Martin plans to appeal to investors by using its exclusivity. It has since licensed its name for use on apartment blocks and even a submarine. When Andy Palmer joined in 2014, shareholders injected £200 million (RM1.075 billion) as part of an aggressive plan to update its model line-up, produce new lower emissions vehicles and make its first SUV, which is due next year. It plans to sell close to 10,000 units of cars in 2020.