LONDON: James Bond’s favorite carmaker Aston Martin revealed Thursday that losses nearly quadrupled in 2020 because of the coronavirus fallout.
Pre-tax losses widened to £466 million ($659 million, 542 million euros) final yr from £119.6 million in 2019, Aston Martin Lagonda stated in a outcomes assertion.
The posh group additionally wrote off nearly £100 million of investments in scrapped initiatives, together with its electrical automobile plans.
Revenues sank 37% to £611 million on tumbling demand with dealerships shuttered by lockdown restrictions, regardless of a fourth-quarter enhance from its new DBX sports activities utility automobile.
Retail gross sales however dived by nearly a 3rd to a complete of 4,150 automobiles.
“The uncertainty surrounding the duration and impact of the pandemic on the global economy continues, with the pace of emergence from lockdown and recovery in consumer demand varying significantly across geographies,” the corporate warned.
Aston Martin’s fortunes have additionally been hit by coronavirus-related delays to James Bond spy blockbuster ‘No Time To Die’.
The movie, which initially slated for launch in March 2020 and has been pushed again a number of instances, is at the moment set to hit cinemas in October.
Bond movies historically function numerous top-end Aston Martin automobiles that give the corporate a helpful advertising enhance.
The corporate launched on the inventory market in 2018 to nice fanfare, with a string of its luxurious supercars parked outdoors the London Inventory Change.
Nevertheless, losses nearly doubled in 2019, because the group crashed spectacularly on weak world demand linked to China’s slowdown and Brexit.
Aston subsequently clinched a money injection from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll in the beginning of final yr.
As a part of the deal, the Racing Level System One staff — whose drivers embrace Lawrence Stroll’s son Lance Stroll — has rebranded as Aston Martin for the 2021 season.