McLaren refusing to supply independents

McLaren refusing to supply independents

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Oaky

87 posts

144 months

Thursday 11th November
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There was a post removed last night that said with confidence who TT is, at least in the opinion of the author. It surprised me and I’m disinclined to believe it - as the poster removed it within 10 minutes perhaps someone corrected him privately.

R8Reece

1,249 posts

61 months

Thursday 11th November
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Thorney said:
No.
Mmmm, think we’ve got to the bottom of that one.

TP321

1,349 posts

170 months

Thursday 11th November
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So what is the cost differential between the Thorney warranty v McLaren warranty?

Guyr

2,005 posts

254 months

Friday 12th November
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I've been reading this thread with some amusement, especially when people question the risk of buying a warranty from Thorney, when:

Net Assets at last published accounts:

McLaren Group -£379m
Thorney Ltd +£579k

Last Year Increase in Retained P&L:

McLaren Group -£638m
Thorney +£190k

So basically Thorney is solvent and profitable, whereas McLaren doesn't exactly look as financially stable.


Taffy66

5,019 posts

74 months

Friday 12th November
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Guyr said:
I've been reading this thread with some amusement, especially when people question the risk of buying a warranty from Thorney, when:

Net Assets at last published accounts:

McLaren Group -£379m
Thorney Ltd +£579k

Last Year Increase in Retained P&L:

McLaren Group -£638m
Thorney +£190k

So basically Thorney is solvent and profitable, whereas McLaren doesn't exactly look as financially stable.
How have McLaren Group avoided bankruptcy is a mystery to me. As you say Thorney's financial strength is quite the opposite and seem to be running a very tight ship. Maybe McLaren should offer John Thorney the position of their Chief Executive to steer the mothership back on an even course.

MikeF86

83 posts

62 months

Friday 12th November
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Taffy66 said:
How have McLaren Group avoided bankruptcy is a mystery to me. As you say Thorney's financial strength is quite the opposite and seem to be running a very tight ship. Maybe McLaren should offer John Thorney the position of their Chief Executive to steer the mothership back on an even course.
Christ!! Could you imagine his FB posts then!!!

RSbandit

1,619 posts

104 months

Friday 12th November
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TT so reminiscent of RL and WW, every thread turned into a stshow if that muppet was involved...similar story here. Tbh if I ever get into a super series then the Thorney warranty will be a consideration for sure.

Thorney

406 posts

232 months

Friday 12th November
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HA.

I've been self employed for 20+ years now, I am unemployable!

I do think McLaren are fixable, but tbh it needs a culture change there which isnt easy to affect, they have the capacity to be really great, I really do think that but their in built arrogance is a constant hindrance to them in everything they do, just ask their suppliers, dealers, press, anyone it a millstone for them.

Thorney

406 posts

232 months

Friday 12th November
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TP321 said:
So what is the cost differential between the Thorney warranty v McLaren warranty?
Details are here:

https://www.thorneymotorsport.co.uk/mclaren-warran...

But cost is all other models £2850, but 720 is £3150 and 675LT is £3450, these are higher just because parts prices are higher, not that they go wrong more.

McLaren extended warranty range in price on model and age but its from £3400 to £5400 in that sort of range.

Desert Dragon

948 posts

56 months

Friday 12th November
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I believe they keep on financing Mcl with expensive debt? Pesky facts GuyR and if the worst ever happens Thorney become invaluable to the older Mcl and the newer stuff too. Where is TT when we need a financial expert? hehe

Thorney

406 posts

232 months

Friday 12th November
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MikeF86 said:
Christ!! Could you imagine his FB posts then!!!
I certainly dont think I could toe a company line!

R8Reece

1,249 posts

61 months

Friday 12th November
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SSO, a PH member, recently posted a blog on their financial status - 6 to 12 months ago it was looking dire, now it’s looking a little more Rosie but a long way to go.

https://karenable.com/mclarens-1st-half-2021-resul...

Taffy66

5,019 posts

74 months

Friday 12th November
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R8Reece said:
SSO, a PH member, recently posted a blog on their financial status - 6 to 12 months ago it was looking dire, now it’s looking a little more Rosie but a long way to go.

https://karenable.com/mclarens-1st-half-2021-resul...
You mean throwing good money after bad ! They are still burning cash at a rate only the UK Government could comprehend. Trick of running any successful business is to manage cash flow and ensure its a positive figure at year end, otherwise eventually you'll run out of it.
Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity but CASH is King.teacher

Desert Dragon

948 posts

56 months

Friday 12th November
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^^^sort of. You can not think straight line when valuing and running a luxury brand in its infancy really. I can see Mcl becoming a Porsche, Ferrari or Gucci lifestyle type brand easy. I have never believed in planes , trains and automobiles but as a brand its exciting. I think Paul Walsh a stellar appointment. He needs someone alongside him with a better contact book than him though as stage 1 is that balance sheet needs sorting and company morale restored. Capitalise all that debt from the vultures. Every last penny! Do a T.50 type manual V8 normally aspirated. Charge crazy money £2m - £4m more the better. 500 cars. Do a race series for super rich v T.50. Easy wink

Taffy66

5,019 posts

74 months

Friday 12th November
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Desert Dragon you've just ousted John Thorney as my number choice for CEO of McLaren.. Please submit your CV and all pertinent qualifications at your earliest convenience. ideasmokin

Desert Dragon

948 posts

56 months

Friday 12th November
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Hahaha i think they have an amazing leader in Paul. He is a very serious guy and good operator friends tell me. Dealing with bondholders who do not understand their bonds are effectively equity is going to be a difficult chat over next 7 months. Rather Paul than me hehe


Ferruccio

1,677 posts

91 months

Friday 12th November
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Desert Dragon said:
Hahaha i think they have an amazing leader in Paul. He is a very serious guy and good operator friends tell me. Dealing with bondholders who do not understand their bonds are effectively equity is going to be a difficult chat over next 7 months. Rather Paul than me hehe

Bond holders know exactly what they hold, where they sit in the pecking order in an insolvency, and what they trade at.

They are able to exert a lot of leverage, including potential debt equity swaps, especially in businesses that continue to be cash flow negative, so are never far away from having to ask for more please, sir.

Desert Dragon

948 posts

56 months

Friday 12th November
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If I was bondholder i'd probably just want my money back!

r o n n i e

205 posts

148 months

Friday 12th November
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Taffy66 said:
Guyr said:
I've been reading this thread with some amusement, especially when people question the risk of buying a warranty from Thorney, when:

Net Assets at last published accounts:

McLaren Group -£379m
Thorney Ltd +£579k

Last Year Increase in Retained P&L:

McLaren Group -£638m
Thorney +£190k

So basically Thorney is solvent and profitable, whereas McLaren doesn't exactly look as financially stable.
How have McLaren Group avoided bankruptcy is a mystery to me. As you say Thorney's financial strength is quite the opposite and seem to be running a very tight ship. Maybe McLaren should offer John Thorney the position of their Chief Executive to steer the mothership back on an even course.
No mystery, it’s called Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company.

This is the sovereign wealth fund of the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain. They have very deep pockets and ability to get finance for Mclaren.

It’s a bit like how PSG, without support of Qatar are financially a “small club” yet can now run massive “debts” buying up / paying the likes of Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, etc, etc.

Northernboy

12,642 posts

229 months

Friday 12th November
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Swift93 said:
OMG, put this thread out of its misery. BTW, I love my McLaren and am okay with paying for the extended warranty. Hobbies are expensive.
I’m not, they are refusing to honour mine, so it seems like pretty poor value for £5,500.