Aston Martin share price: are brighter roads ahead?

Aston Martin saw its stock lose over half its value since this summer to hit a record low, with the carmaker facing many challenges ahead.

Aston Martin Lagonda is trading at record lows, with the luxury carmaker trading well under it £19 IPO price, sitting at 471p a share as of 11:00 GMT on Monday.

But with a host of macro-economic headwinds threatening to bring about a global economic slowdown and the luxury carmaker’s balance sheet already stretched, all signs point to a tough road ahead for the company.

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Aston Martin shares struggle after sales downgrade

In July, Aston Martin was forced to reduce its sales forecast for 2019 from 7,250 vehicles to 6,400, with the luxury carmaker blaming ongoing uncertainty over Britain’s future relationship with Europe and the threat of a no-deal Brexit for the downgrade.

The weaker outlook has not only put downward pressure on its share price this year, but also on its balance sheet too, with ratings agency Moody’s downgrading the car marker, making it more expensive for the company to borrow.

‘We are disappointed that our projections for wholesales have fallen short or our original targets impacted by weakness in two of our key markets as well as continued macro-economic uncertainty,’ Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Andy Palmer said.

Aston Martin struggles to execute growth plan

The carmaker remains focused on executing its ‘Second Century Plan’ which it launched in 2016 with the aim of improving its financial discipline and provide sustainable long-term growth for the business in the wake of its IPO.

However, the macro-economic environment has served up host of challenges for the carmaker and unless its performance improves throughout the remainder of this year, it will likely have to raise more cash and its stock could fall further.

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