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Aston Martin Lagonda Global Hld PLC

07 January 2022

7 January 2022

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc

FY 2021 Trading Update

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc ("Aston Martin" or the "Company") today updates on FY 2021 trading.

   --    Wholesales grew 82% to 6,182 as planned 

o 3,001 DBX units wholesaled in first full year of production taking estimated 20% market share of the luxury SUV segment

-- Retails (dealer sales to customers) greater than wholesales for both GT/Sport and DBX as aligned supply to demand and as we operate as a true luxury brand

-- Following an extensive and challenging development and testing schedule which has now successfully completed, the game-changing Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar programme is in production and deliveries to customers have commenced

o With a quality focused production ramp-up, 10 Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro vehicles were shipped in Q4. This was fewer than previously planned and accordingly, adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to be c.GBP15m lower than expected. The impact is timing only, all Aston Martin Valkyrie Coupes are sold and remain allocated to customers with significant deposits

o An associated reduction in 2021 depreciation and amortisation is expected to result in a broadly net neutral impact on adjusted operating profit

o This timing change will see deliveries and the associated EBITDA continue through 2022 as planned and now through 2023

   --    Year-end cash balance of c.GBP420m, higher than previously anticipated 

-- Preliminary results for the twelve months to 31 December 2021 will be announced on 24 February 2022

Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin Lagonda Executive Chairman commented:

"I am extremely pleased that our core business has delivered to plan with over 6,000 core wholesales in the year whilst driving inventory to levels that are appropriate for an ultra-luxury business. The evidence is there that our strategy is working, as retail sales are well ahead of wholesales supported by strong pricing and improving residual values. It is a very long time since the core business was in such good health as it is today.

We have achieved an enormous amount and are well on track with our transformation of Aston Martin into one of the greatest ultra-luxury brands in the world with new leadership, partners and products, and our return to Formula One(TM) , which has significantly increased our brand exposure, perception and desirability. We inherited a challenging programme with Valkyrie but we are now producing these fabulous hypercars. Our progress to-date underpins my confidence in the future, our continued success and the potential for the business. With a full year of DBX deliveries completed and our compelling product pipeline, including a new generation of front-engine sports cars in 2023, I am more assured than ever of achieving our medium-term objectives of revenues of c.GBP2bn and adjusted EBITDA of c.GBP500m by 2024/25."

Tobias Moers, Aston Martin Lagonda Chief Executive Officer commented:

"Our core business delivered as planned while navigating a challenging external operating environment. Brand desirability is strong, with new customers being attracted to Aston Martin and retail sales ahead of wholesales as we follow our demand-led ultra-luxury business model. We are achieving strong pricing and closed the year with dealer stock at optimum levels aligned to our business approach.

With the DBX having achieved about 20% share of the luxury SUV market I am pleased that we also successfully launched the DBX straight-six in China in November as planned, creating opportunities for 2022.

There is also tremendous demand for our limited editions including the two times oversubscribed Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider, launched in August, and the plug-in hybrid super car Valhalla. In addition, we have taken aggressive action on improving the efficiency and profitability of the business, through Project Horizon.

The Valkyrie programme is now running at rate for 2022 having focused on delivering with no compromises in the face of supply chain challenges and huge complexity in the production ramp-up which resulted in a timing impact for 2021. With a full year of Aston Martin Valkyrie programme deliveries in 2022 we are expecting to deliver significant growth, in addition to the launch of our second DBX derivative, intended to disrupt the performance luxury SUV market and the final edition of the V12 Vantage."

This announcement includes inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014 and is being released on behalf of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc by Rachael Hambrook, Interim Company Secretary.


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