Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Cazenove were the latest brokers to initiate coverage on luxury carmaker Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC (LON:AML), a day after the firm posted its maiden results as a listed company.
The German bank started Aston Martin with a ‘buy’ rating and a 2,000p price target, pointing out that the luxury icon with a 105-year heritage, amplified by its association with the James Bond franchise, has a global reach.
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In a note to clients, Deutsche Bank’s analysts pointed out that Aston Martin “caters to a very exclusive, underpenetrated customer group that is more resilient to economic cycles and much less price sensitive than the average car buyer.”
Meanwhile, JPMorgan’s analysts started the carmaker with an ‘overweight rating’ and a price target of 2,000p as well.
In morning trading on Friday, Aston Martin shares were 0.2% higher at 1,508p, remaining stuck below the 1,900p offer price it floated at back in October.
The stock was steadier, however, following a post-results drop on Thursday when a decline in average sale prices weighed against strong growth in third-quarter earnings as its volumes doubled.
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The company saw its third-quarter adjusted underlying earnings (EBITDA) jump by 93% year-on-year to £54mln, with its EBITDA in the year-to-date up 32% to £160.3mln.
Aston Martin added that total wholesale unit sales of 1,776 were almost double the 891 shifted in the same quarter of 2017, primarily driven by growth in the Americas and the Asia Pacific, including China.