Aston are clearly in need of finance and are having discussions with several people to try and secure some. But they must be in pretty desperate shape, as according to the business press today - "In September Aston raised $150m (£121m) with a bond issue but paid a heavy price for the new money, having to offer 12pc interest. As part of the same arrangement, the company also agreed a deal where if it secured 1,400 advance orders for the DBX it could draw a further $100m, on which it would pay 15pc interest. Issuing a profit warning last week, Aston said after winning 1,800 DBX orders it expects to draw down on the extra $100m within weeks. "
12% and 15% interest!! Sheesh. That's basically licenced robbery. But they were probably bought by people who actually want the company to go broke so that the bond holders take control of the company, as usually happens in these situations.