The investment, totaling £234 million (around RM1.32 billion), doubled Geely’s stake in the company as they are set to acquire approximately 42 million ordinary shares from Aston Martin’s largest stakeholder, Chairman Lawrence Stroll’s Yew Tree (Aston’s current largest shareholder).
Additionally, Geely will subscribe to another 28 million shares at the same price, generating around RM65 million in cash for the British firm. This news propelled Aston Martin shares to trade at 231.2 pence (around RM21.09) per unit – a significant rise from their previous closing price of 267.8 pence (around RM20.01) on Wednesday, reaching as high as 288 pence (around RM22.68).
This investment represents a crucial step toward securing its long-term future and reducing its net debt, which stood at approximately RM4.78 billion at the end of March. Earlier this month, Aston Martin stated that 2023 would be a pivotal year for ‘capital spending’.
With this newly added investment, Geely will hold a 17% stake in Aston Martin and will be entitled to one board seat, ranking behind Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), Aston’s second-largest shareholder.
Aston Martin anticipates improved profitability this year, especially with the commencement of deliveries for its next-generation sports cars in the third quarter.