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General Motors Announces New Dealership Website Vendors – Why It’s a Big Deal

General Motors Announces New Dealership Website Vendors – Why It’s a Big Deal

September 16, 2019 — CDK Global’s 15-year run as being the exclusive vendor for General Motors’ dealership websites came to an official end last week as the automaker announced an additional three providers to its website program. The move likely will reshape the dealership website landscape over the next couple of years. The new vendors…

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Thoma Bravo Putting Together an Automotive Data Giant

Thoma Bravo Putting Together an Automotive Data Giant

July 31, 2019 — Thoma Bravo emerged yesterday as the winning bidder for J.D. Power and Associates. It’s the private equity firm’s second automotive-data play since late April when it acquired Autodata Solutions from KKR. Bravo also owns Trader Corp., the leading automotive retail digital company in Canada (it acquired the Montreal-based digital marketing firm…

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Public Dealer Stocks on a Tear

Public Dealer Stocks on a Tear

July 25, 2019 — Public dealer stocks have jumped an average of more than $5 over the last two days fueled by stronger-than-expected second-quarter earnings from AutoNation and Lithia Motors. The run began with AutoNation’s second-quarter earnings release on Tuesday in which it reported a record $1.12 earnings-per-share exceeding analysts expectations. The nation’s largest dealer…

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Not the First Choice, but Miller is the Right Choice for AutoNation

Not the First Choice, but Miller is the Right Choice for AutoNation

July 23, 2019 — Late yesterday afternoon, AutoNation announced long-time CFO and vice president Cheryl Miller as its new CEO and president. She’s replacing Carl Liebert. On the surface, the change was a shock. Liebert had only assumed the top job at the nation’s top-selling dealer group in March after a months-long search that reportedly…

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Thoma Bravo to Acquire 2nd Automotive Technology Company

May 1, 2019 — Yesterday’s announcement that PE firm Thoma Bravo is acquiring Autodata Solutions from Internet Brands could be Act Two in what may be an ambitious play in automotive. The pending transaction also portends an M&A market that is heating up after a slow first quarter that saw only 11 deals completed, down…

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Cars.com Sale Likely Close, Here’s a Rundown of Possible Buyers

Cars.com Sale Likely Close, Here’s a Rundown of Possible Buyers

March 10, 2019 — An announcement regarding who Cars.com’s new owner will be could be made as early as this week. The company is an attractive play for numerous players — both from a strategic and an investment perspective. Cars announced in January the board had voted at the end of September to retain J.P.…

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Don’t Like GM’s Plant Closures? Blame the Threat of Activist Investors

Don’t Like GM’s Plant Closures? Blame the Threat of Activist Investors

February 6, 2019 — This week, General Motors began the difficult task of laying off more than 4,000 salaried employees as part of a massive restructuring this year that includes the idling of five North American plants, eliminating vehicles and an overall workforce reduction of 14,700 employees. The moves are designed to save the automaker… Continue Reading

Flurry of M&A Deals in Auto Retail Tech Kicks Off 2019

Flurry of M&A Deals in Auto Retail Tech Kicks Off 2019

January 21, 2019 — A flurry of several mergers and acquisitions last week among auto retail vendors started 2019 off with a bang. Through the first two weeks of the year, six deals have been announced. The fast start follows a record-breaking 2018 in which 77 deals were completed. Additionally, Cars.com announced last week its board retained…

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