Aston Martin, Mercedes up linkage through added ownership stake, strategic cooperation

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 Edition is just one of the new models the company rolled out this year.

An expanded partnership between Aston Martin Lagonda and Mercedes-Benz will limit the beleaguered British automaker’s risk and provide for a more tech-heavy future.

Tobias Moers, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, spent more than 25 years in senior roles at Diamler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz AG, prior to assuming the role in August 2020. “Today’s expansion of our partnership with Mercedes-Benz AG is a critical step towards achieving our goals for Aston Martin. The capabilities of Mercedes-Benz AG technology will be fundamental to ensure our future products remain competitive and will allow us to invest efficiently in the areas that truly differentiate our products,” he said in a statement regarding the news.

Mercedes already has a strategic partnership with Aston Martin. The new agreement allows the German automaker to become a more heavily invested long-term partner, supplier, and shareholder through a number of initiatives. These initiatives will effect everything from product development and technology offerings to fiscal stability.

Mercedes has given Aston Martin new financing. It is comprised of:

  • £125 million in new ordinary shares
  • £259 million equivalent in new second lien notes which mature in 2026 with detachable warrants incorporated representing 5.0% of the fully diluted issued share capital of Aston Martin following the proposed Mercedes-Benz AG share issuances
  • £840 million equivalent of first lien notes, which mature in 2025 and a refinanced revolving credit facility of £87 million maturing in 2025
This financing allows Aston Martin to repay a loan it took out as part of the U.K. Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. It also allows for working capital and capital expenditures to pay commissions and fees. Mercedes-Benz will then own up to 20 percent of Aston Martin.
In addition to financial stability, the partnership will give Aston Martin access to powertrain architecture for conventional, hybrid, and electric vehicles currently on the market and future-oriented electric/electronic architecture. This will enable profit launches through 2027 and lower the cost and risk occurred when Aston Martin was faced with developing those technologies on its own.

Aston Martin is targeting 10,000 units of sale each year with $2 billion in revenue by 2024-2025, according to the announcement.

J.P. Morgan and Barclays were instrumental in helping put Goethe the agreement.

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