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Will Aston Martin’s shares ever return to pre-pandemic levels?

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See all posts by Cohan Chew Will Aston Martin’s shares ever return to pre-pandemic levels? Image source: Aston Martin Like the majority of companies in 2020, Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings (LSE:AML) saw its share price tumble amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. Starting the year at 3,442p, Aston Martin reached lows of 983p in March. However, also like other companies, Aston Martin’s share price is now rising and currently sits at 2,030p. But can the British car company restore its share price to pre-pandemic levels and, more importantly, can it rise higher?Economists tell us that luxury goods are subject to high demand elasticity and thus, in a financial crisis, are impacted hard. As a luxury car maker, Aston Martin fell victim to this, with revenue dropping from £650 million in 2019 to £270 million in 2020. Retail sales dropped from 4,482 units in 2019 to 2,752 a year later, too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With far less money coming in, Aston Martin raised a total of $1.1bn at a high interest rate of 10.5% in 2020. It’s a gutsy move but a rather unnerving one from a shareholder’s perspective. The additional funds might sprout new opportunities and R&D investments for the firm but could just be used for filling in holes. Coupled with issuing £250m more shares last year for more cash, Aston Martin may have patched up its 2020 dent but would need to outperform to make the debt interest worthwhile.What’s more worrying to me about the luxury car group is that its pre-pandemic performance was hardly impressive. Just glancing at its share price chart from its 2018 IPO, one will notice a consistent downward trend.  Enter Your Email Address Aston Martin’s poor performance has largely been attributed to its poor management and the increasing pressure on the car market to shift to environmentally friendly vehicles. The EU has mandated that from 2021, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km. The penalty is €95 for each g/km of target exceedance. Aston Martin’s current fleet averages just over 200g CO2. Considering the appeal for Aston Martin surrounds its high performance and robust petrol engines, I believe the luxury car marker has an uphill battle ahead of it.However, it’s not all bleak for Aston Martin. Canadian Billionaire Lawrence Stroll bought a 16.7% stake in the business and became the CEO of the company. Whilst Stroll’s performance with Aston Martin has yet to be measured, his track record and success with Racing Point Force India, Tommy, Michael Kors, Pierre Cardin and Ralph Lauren is promising.Furthermore, in late 2020, Mercedes-Benz increased its stake in Aston Martin to 20%. Mercedes’ impressive hybrid and electric engine systems will be fully available to Aston Martin by 2022.Aston Martin itself is aiming for 20-30% of its fleet to be hybrid by 2024. Additionally, Aston Martin has proven that its engineering can adapt efficiently to greener solutions. Its 612bhp electric super-saloon Rapide E is already outperforming its 552bhp V12 counterpart.In conclusion, Aston Martin has had a turbulent year and an even more shaky past. However, armed with a new CEO and engineering prowess, Aston Martin’s shares might shift up a gear too. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more


Parental Notification – Another family tells us their story….

first_imgThe politicians blocked Family First from being able to submit the experiences of other families affected by the law.But yet another family sent their story to us this weekend, and gave us permission to share it with you…Fifteen years ago I was told by my 16 yo daughter that she had, had an abortion the year before. She had with assistance from her high school Family Planning and friends borrowed a car without holding a drivers licence and driven 4 hours to Christchurch for the termination. As her father I was absolutely gutted. I know that my wife and I had we known would have been upset initially however we would have come around our daughter and done our best to support her. However I am very angry that the law has denied us the right to care for my child. At the time we had noticed a huge drop in her spirit and she had ( and for many years since) lost her mojo and we were left floundering for answers as to what was behind the cause. The effect of having this kind of law has caused huge disruption to our family and to our marriage. This law denies the right of whanau and community to minister to a confused teenager whose main source of influence at that time of life is her peer group. I do understand that there are concerns regarding abuse of teenage girls and the need to protect them. However from my experience the cost to my whanau has been too much to bear and left me reeling, distrustful , disillusioned and unrepresented by my Government and their Agencies. We were the ones who were left to pick up the pieces while distant and uncaring High Schools and Family Planning washed their hands and carry on spending hard earned taxes. Surely there can be put into place counselling measures for all parties ? Or each case should be considered on its particular merits etc? Is the family abusive, dysfunctional or unsupportive ? I don’t think it would be too difficult to ascertain these things before cutting their own flesh and blood out of the loop? Rather this one blanket approach is failing many families in this country and causing much hurt and on going ripples. This law in its present form offends my mana and my responsibilities to my children.”Exactly!last_img read more


Man with “Crime Pays” tattoo arrested

first_imgPolice in Terre Haute, Indiana are reporting that they have arrested a man with “Crime Pays” tattooed across his forehead.Donald Murray was arrested Monday after leading authorities on a short car chase in a stolen vehicle.He has since been charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, and auto theft.This is Murray’s second arrest since December.  In December he was arrested for criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.last_img


Rivers Utd Romps to 2-1 Victory over KCCA

first_imgCAF CONFEDERATION CUPDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportRivers United on Tuesday grabbed a 2-1 victory over Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in a 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group A match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. The ‘Pride of Rivers’ is now within qualification for the quarter final of the second tier CAF competition.The victory shot the last Nigerian team in continental campaign this term to third position on six points, same as group leader, FUS Rabat of Morocco. KCCA is fourth now on same six points. Goal difference separates them all. The table is expected to change with Club Africain’s clash with FUS Rabat late last night. Rivers United got off to the best possible start as Bernard Ovoke scored from Sakin Bolaji’s corner-kick to make it 1-0 to the home side with KCCA defence exposed.It was soon 2-0 to the home side and this time it was Frederick Obomate who scored with the impressive Ovoke grabbing an assist in the 15th minute.Ovoke, who was looking lively for Rivers, nearly extended Rivers’ lead in the 21st minute, but the attacker headed over from an unmarked position.The Rivers midfielder was then denied by KCCA goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo, who was well-positioned to make a save from Ovoke’s free-kick.With the halftime break fast approaching, the visitors pushed forward in search of their first goal and they did manage to pull one back.Geoffrey Serunkuma made it 2-1 for KCCA on the stroke of halftime after the Rivers defence failed to defend a free-kick. Rivers were leading 2-1 at the interval.The home side started the second half brightly with Emeka Atuloma forcing Kisembo into a save from a free-kick just three minutes into the second half.Then Kisembo went down injured and he was replaced by KCCA’s reserve shot-stopper Benjamin Ochan nine minutes before the hour-mark.In the 64th minute, Ovoke dribbled past a few KCCA defenders, before unleashing a shot which missed the target as he looked to test Ochan.Ivorian striker Guy Keumian was introduced in the 73rd minute by the Rivers technical team as they looked to restore the home side’s two-goal lead.KCCA nearly grabbed a late equaliser, but Rivers keeper Abiodun Akande was alert as he denied Derrick Nsibambi in the 85th minute.The visitors then suffered a major blow in the closing stages of the match as Habib Kavuma was sent off after receiving his second yellow card and ultimately Rivers ran out 2-1 winners.Rivers: Akande, Nweke, Douhadji, Ovoke (Odah 78′), Olalekan, Zoumana, Obomate (Igbinoba 61′), Sakin, Odumegwu (Keumian 73′), Atuloma, Saka.KCCA: Kisembo (Ochan 51′), Okot, Awany, Kavuma; Poloto (Kayizzy 68), Muzamiru, Masiko, Muleme; Okello (Ntege 58′) Serunkuma, Nsibambi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more