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Automotive: Aston Martin Shares Crash

Shares of troubled luxury sports carmaker Aston Martin plunged as much as 20% in London, following the company’s downward revision of its yearly vehicle delivery forecast and supply chain snarls impacting the DB12 model for the third quarter.

According to Bloomberg, Aston expects 6,700 deliveries this year, down from the previous forecast of 7,000. There was a noticeable slide in wholesales to China, down 57% in the first nine months of the year, while wholesales increased in the Americas and Europe.

Aston-Martin-Vanquish
Aston-Martin-Vanquish

“The DB12 production ramp-up was temporarily affected as supplier readiness and integration of the new EE platform that supports the fully redeveloped infotainment system was delayed,” Aston said in its earnings report on Wednesday. It added these supply chain woes are now fixed but have impacted third-quarter volumes and full-year production capacity.

Aston is in the midst of a turnaround effort led by Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll and has completed numerous capital raises with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. However, the sports carmaker still sits on a massive debt pile in a period where interest rates are sky-high.

Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll
Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll looks pained

“It is still sitting on a big pile of debt and continues the painful effort of deleveraging a strained balance sheet. Undoubtedly, progress has been made in fixing some of the problems faced by the business but it all feels a bit too little too late,” Russ Mould, investment director at British stockbroker AJ Bell, told CNBC.

Bell said, “The company is seeing strong demand but, with losses coming in ahead of expectations, there is little reason for the market to give Aston Martin the benefit of the doubt for even the smallest misstep.”

Aston Martin’s shares have been consistently heading in one direction: downward.

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