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Private Equity & Automotive Retail – More Hype than Reality?

July 11, 2015 — Headlines in the trade press in January hyped the increasing involvement private equity would play in automotive retail — specifically in the acquisition of dealerships. On the heels of Warren Buffett’s announcement of that Berkshire Hathaway was buying the 81-store Van Tuyl automotive group (a deal that ended up being for… Continue Reading

Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

July 7, 2015 — An investor in Dealertrack filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon seeking to stop Cox Enterprise’s $4 billion acquisition of the Long Island, NY-based technology firm contending the deal prohibits investors from participating in Dealertrack’s projected growth while providing executives with golden parachutes. The suit claims the agreement is the “culmination of a…

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2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

July 5, 2015 — Through June, dealership buy-sells continues to be vibrant and is on a record pace fueled by a strong May and June coupled with Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group in March. Meanwhile, automakers continue to leverage the Right of First Refusal to scuttle deals.  The industry hit the mid-point…

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Cox’s Acquisition of Dealertrack a Brilliant Move

Cox’s Acquisition of Dealertrack a Brilliant Move

July 2, 2015 — In this report The Banks Report analyzes the financials of Cox’s pending acquisition of Dealertrack; why the deal makes sense; and its effect on the industry and other companies. Background Cox Automotive’s pending acquisition of Dealertrack is big on several levels. Not only is the $4 billion deal the biggest acquisition financially…

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CDK — A company in Transition

July 2, 2015 — It’s stock price has more than doubled since October, yet CDK is transforming its company. Executives recently announced a series of moves that will have a long term effect on the company’s future. The moves include an ambitious financial plan to return value to shareholders; a new board member who could end…

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