LONDON -- Aston Martin is on course to post its first annual pretax profit since 2010 as strong demand for the automaker's DB11 sports car boosts its earnings.
Pretax profit reached 22 million pounds ($29 million) in the first nine months, reversing a loss of 124 million pounds in the same period in 2016, the UK sports-car maker said on Wednesday.
"Our strong financial performance and continued profitability reflects the growing appeal of our high-performance sports cars, with the new DB11 Volante and a new Vantage expected to stimulate further demand in the coming year," CEO Andy Palmer said.
Asked on Monday whether the company would be in the black this year, Palmer told Reuters: "It's our intention to be."
Aston Martin, which is mainly owned by Kuwaiti and Italian private equity firms, last posted a profit in 2010. Its losses then grew, partly due to lack of new models, a high-profile recall and an extended period without a chief executive.
Since Palmer's appointment in 2014, the firm has pursued a turnaround plan designed to boost its model line-p, quadruple volumes and produce its first SUV at a new plant in Wales, setting up a possible stock market flotation.
Volumes rose 65 percent to 3,330 cars in the first nine months of the year, prompting the firm to raise its full-year guidance to expect core earnings of at least 180 million pounds on revenue of over 840 million pounds.