Oh yes! And a takeover would have to be done at a much higher share price!

May 26, 2020,22:19 PM

But it's just something that I'm wondering, if I were Geely/Daimler, I might think it would be worth it to start owning Aston Martin if it could be bought so reasonably. 

Imagine how many Mercedes-Benz dealerships there are.  If some of those dealerships consider an Aston Martin franchise, then it could make Aston Martin volume increase significantly.  Furthermore, Aston Martin would become a full fledged partner within the Daimler product portfolio so their cars would benefit from the excellent R&D resources Daimler has.  They could produce a car with better economies of scale.  They could get an even better product out at an even lower cost, an even more efficient distribution network, a legion of dealers, a greater clientele base, and therefore enjoy a higher profit margin.  

Definitely a win win win is possible. 

But nobody wants to spend the money right now for a takeover.  And a takeover would have to be done at a much higher share price than the current price.  And there are big investors who may try to block the takeover.  Again, I'm not an expert in mergers/acquisitions, but I do know a tiny bit about the car industry.  It'd be possible if there was the financing available. 

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 By: Ted-Lo : May 26th, 2020-14:44
I hear McLaren is going to lay-off and/or furlough around 1200 people, or 25% of their work force. I don’t hear good news for Aston either. Are you guys hearing similar things? The Pandemic’s effects may have taken a larger than expected hit to some car m...  

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 By: Ted-Lo : May 26th, 2020-15:06
If they do go under, I think “all” McLarens will go up in value. Again, not that I am hoping for it.

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 By: Gelato Monster : May 26th, 2020-22:14

This is simply a reflection of the difficult times that we are living in...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2020-16:00
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Oh yes! And a takeover would have to be done at a much higher share price!

 By: patrick_y : May 26th, 2020-22:19
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We shall see. It was just something that came up to mind when I saw the news and did some side research on AML stock.

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#618c18477577 But it could be hoopla being spit from the CEO, let's see.

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Back the Goldfinger DB5 Cars at 3.4M each, limited run, with Bond gadgetry. Seems that will give them an influx of cash.

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