Aston Martin Holdings UK Ltd is reporting record first quarter results as strong orders for its flagship DB11 model helped more than double revenues from £92.6 million to £188.3 million, with a pre-tax profit of £5.9 million reversing prior-year losses of £29.7 million.
Demand for the DB11 sports car and other specialist models coincided with the company’s completion of a £550 million refinancing to enhance liquidity, reduce borrowing costs and increase financial reserves. Meanwhile, a strong retail performance and market share gains, particularly in the UK and China, reflect growing confidence and awareness of the brand.
Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, said:
The group has made a strong start to the year. We are delivering on our ‘Second Century’ transformation program and building sustainable profitability. Forthcoming models including the new Vantage and Vanquish will expand on our recent growth, underpinned by the financial resources and operational discipline of a true British success story in luxury car production.
Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to £43 million in the first quarter, representing EBITDA margin of 23%. Sharply increased unit sales in the UK and mainland Europe lay behind the improvement, as wholesale volumes rose by 75% to 1,203 units year-on-year.
Aston Martin improved its full-year forecast to reflect the expectation that revenues will rise to more than £800m in 2017, with EBITDA expected at or above £170m. Annual wholesale volumes are expected to rise by more than 30% on the 3,687 units in 2016.
During the first quarter, Aston Martin underlined its expansion plans with the launch of the AMR line of high-performance vehicles and special limited edition models including the Red Bull Vantage S Racing Edition.
As part of the ongoing transformation of the company, Aston Martin also completed the offering of £550 million of senior secured notes due 2022, with interest of 6.50% on the dollar tranche and 5.75% on the sterling bonds, compared with maturing 10.25% US dollar PIK notes and 9.25% bonds.
Mark Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said:
The refinancing is expected to result in annual income statement interest savings of more than £10 million and strengthens our capital structure. As our operational performance improves, we now have a solid financial platform on which to continue to grow.
Note: Press release courtesy of Aston Martin.