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Italian private equity firm Investindustrial has purchased a minority stake in supercar-maker Aston Martin. The 37.5-percent share carries a price of $241 million, while a majority stake is still held by Kuwait's Investment Dar. Aston Martin says this deal will allow the UK brand to pour $1 billion into new product, funding vehicle development through 2018.

The Italian firm beat out Indian truck and tractor producer Mahindra and Mahindra, but some analysts are skeptical of the deal, claiming that it does not account for "scale, access to technology, emissions or entry to new segments." That's especially true since Aston indicates that pen has not been put to paper on a proposed technology partnership between itself and Mercedes-Benz, a provision some analysts expected.

Sit tight, Mr. Bond.
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Aston Martin announces new partnership with Investindustrial

7 December 2012, Gaydon: Aston Martin welcomes Investindustrial as a major shareholder and confirms that it will now proceed with its extensive and exciting plans for sustainable long-term growth.

Aston Martin Chairman David Richards said: "I am delighted that Investindustrial has decided to become a major investor in Aston Martin. With the support of The Investment Dar, we have made substantial progress over the past five years in laying the foundations for success as one of the world's leading luxury sports car manufacturers. Investindustrial's new investment reflects and sustains the unique position of Aston Martin within the industry. With this partnership and the continued commitment of The Investment Dar, we look forward to working with our shareholders as we realise our vision and exciting future plans."

Andrea C. Bonomi, Senior Principal at Investindustrial, comments: "We are delighted to form part of this iconic global, but quintessentially British brand. We are looking forward to working with the management and Investment Dar to achieve a similar transformation and rejuvenation that we achieved with Ducati, by expanding the model range and strengthening the dealership network, throughout the world."

Adnan Al-Musallam Chairman & Managing Director of The Investment Dar said: "We welcome Investindustrial as new partners in our collaboration with Aston Martin. With our continued commitment and the support of Investindustrial, Aston Martin is in a strong position to pursue its plans for development."

Investindustrial is investing £150m in Aston Martin in the form of a capital increase for a 37.5 per cent stake in the company.

Aston Martin intends to invest more than half a billion pounds in its new product and technology programme over the next five years. With the support of The Investment Dar and Investindustrial, the company is well positioned to realise its ambitious growth strategy.

Aston Martin production will remain at the luxury British marque's global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire, a purpose-built facility where a skilled workforce of 1600 employees assemble the current range of sports cars.

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About Aston Martin:

Aston Martin reaches a milestone in 2013 as the world-famous British manufacturer of luxury sports cars marks its centenary. The company was founded on January 15, 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.

Synonymous with exceptional quality and superb craftsmanship the blueprint for all Aston Martins remains constant – they are characterful and exciting cars built to the highest standards. All are imbued with the brand's key features of Power, Beauty and Soul – combining pure performance and true sporting ability with refinement, luxury and exceptional beauty.

Aston Martin is based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, in England. Its cars are handcrafted by highly-skilled engineers, guaranteeing the utmost attention to detail and precision across the range. Today, the line-up comprises the Vantage family of V8, V8 S, V12 Vantage and V12 Zagato, the Cygnet city car, new DB9, Rapide four-door sports car and new super GT – the Vanquish. The strictly limited edition One-77 supercar – now sold out – remains one of the brand's most famous and sought-after creations of recent years. Aston Martin has a global network of 146 dealerships across 41 countries.

About Investindustrial:

Investindustrial is a leading European investment firm with €3.1 billion of assets under management, which provides industrial solutions and capital predominantly to leading mid-market companies. Its mission is to actively contribute to the development of the companies in which it invests, by creating growth opportunities and offering global solutions through an active ownership and entrepreneurial vision. Additional information is available at www.investindustrial.com.


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      Meh...
      • 2 Years Ago
      So uh...does this mean that they change their name to Aston Martini?
      Robt
      • 2 Years Ago
      This private equity firm previously bought a stake in Ducati, and after a few years, the repaired bike company was sold to Audi / VW. Suspect that's what they'll be angling for here, too.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, just sell yourself to VW already.
      carcrazed4life
      • 2 Years Ago
      The rumor mill is they didn't accept Mahindra's deal because it would alienate Tata. Their is still a sense that Jaguar and Land Rover would be the best to "access" platform sharing like it has done previously. And since Tata supposedly has a relationship with Ford on engines, that can continue to help differentiate the brand as eventually a shift away from v12s maybe necessary for the brand.
        mbukukanyau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carcrazed4life
        Well, it turns out this is a way of surviving while keeping old relationships; Why then not just sell some stake to Tata?
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you can buy 37.5% of the company for $241 million, then the whole company is valued at $643M. How the heck would they ever be justified in spending $1 billion on R&D?
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_I_I_II_I_I_
        That's why small independent car companies don't survive. $1 billion on R&D is the minimum needed to keep one car line, much less a whole company competitive. If I recall correctly Ford spent about a billion on the new Focus platform and they will be spining something like 8-9 vehicles off the platform.
          _I_I_II_I_I_
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Does anyone know: does Ferrari spend $1B per car line?
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice Ford Fusion oh wai
      dareupgang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Toyota would have been great, I wonder what their evaluation saw that turned them off, ton loads of cash and they have room for an upper echelon brand, something above Lexus. I do think Toyota's engineers are primed and ready especially after coming off a series of great projects Lexus LFA and FRS, I do think they could offer a great deal of engine development especially because of their relationship with Yamaha. I know a lot of people are snobbish and wouldn't want to see so called great British brand end up in the hands of the Japanese, well its been passed around more than a pot of tea
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston has been dead in the water since Ford ditched them.
      Armchair Economist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should have let Toyota or Honda buy them out...
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets all take a minute to thank Ford for saving range rover, jaguar, and Aston Martin. Thank you for allowing these brands to stay out of liquidation and then for reviving them so they could be sold at a profit, then apparently chopped up and resold.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's hope the Italians don't water it down
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know this is unpopular here in Autoblog but it makes perfect business sense as long as Aston Martin kept its independence; Because some think Aston with its old platforms is holy, (it would save Aston from being an English cottage company) This company’s would be best served by teaming up, with GM. GM would get the following 1. Access to V12 power for its Cadillac Division 2. Joint sharing of higher end platforms for Cadillac and Ultra Buick’s in China 3. Access to English Craftsmanship techniques for its Cadillac GMC Denali and Buick Divisions Aston in turn would have access to 1. GM vast Engineering muscle 2. GM’s Vast Technological treasure trove including II Mode Hybrids for powerful motors & Voltec 3. GM parts and material purchasing muscle. 4. Access to GM’s platforms such as Alpha, Corvette and upcoming über Cadillac platform 5. Access to GM SUV prowess 6. Access to Excellent GM V8's and V6's. 7. Access to GM racing relationships such as the Pratt & miller partnership.
        zchmcqn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        No. There is no benefit for Aston teaming up with GM. It's almost as absurd as teaming up with bodacious tatas. Volkswagen would be a perfect partnership.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        I disagree, from a AM perspective. I think it would be great for GM based on the points you outlined. I thought either Nissan/Infiniti or Toyota/Lexus would be a better fit for AM. Both companies do not have a very high end brand, and despite Lexus aspirations they are not there.
          mbukukanyau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Since GM has money, they have no problem building world class cars now, the ATS, and a Myriad of other new products coming from them is proof. Its only a matter of time before Cadillac is top tier, whether people like it or not. The New ATS and Escalade are coming.
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