Having revised the terms of its earlier 14-for-25 rights issue, Aston Martin undertook a four-for-one rights issue, looking to tap shareholders for around £365m. This was up from the £317m it was previously seeking. The issue price was dropped from 207p to just 30p, a hefty 86 per cent discount to the closing price the day before the updated rights issue was announced.
Aston received acceptances representing 98 per cent of new shares offered, with underwriters Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Cazenove procuring subscribers for the remaining 2 per cent.
The rights issue was part of a £536m equity raise that included a private placement of £171m-worth of shares to a consortium led by former F1 magnate Lawrence Stroll. Mr Stroll is now Aston’s executive chairman and is looking to “reset” the business.