Okay hold up I’m about to blow your goddamn mind. Building cars – get this – is expensive. Crazy, I know. But just how crazy is another question. Apparently just developing the new Aston Martin DBX SUV-GT-car-thing is so expensive, that Aston had to sell £200 million worth of itself just to get it done.

Or, if you’re feeling like a fancy person that likes to dabble in foreign exchange markets and just happens to buy Aston Martins, $306,739,000. The money mostly came from the sale of preferred shares to two private equity firms, InvestIndustrial and Tejara Capital, which already own quite a bit of the company.

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The money is going to be put to work making sure the mutated-Vanquish-on-angel-dust DBX sees production in five-door hatch form, and it’s going to development work into some other, unnamed cars, the company said. And as we’ve seen recently, Aston’s been busy. Not only are they considering a plant in Alabama, they’ve also increased their development budget by 45% in the past year.

Why Alabama, you ask? Well, Mercedes already has a plant down there in Tuscaloosa. And InvestIndustrial and Tejara Capital, being private equity firms, are going to want to realize a return on their investment at some point.

Now I’m definitely not saying that Mercedes is definitely going to buy Aston, I’m just definitely heavily implying it.

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Oh, and for the nerds out there like myself, Aston pulled in adjusted EBITDA of £66 million on 2014 revenues of £468 million, so they’re not exactly going bankrupt anytime soon.

But there is always the possibility of an Alabama Aston.


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