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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Two Marketing Tech Firms to Announce Merger

July 17, 2019 — New York-based private equity firm CIP Capital is continuing the roll-up strategy it started in 2016 when it acquired four marketing firms — OneCommand, Peak Performance, TimeHighway and DPS (Dealer Product Services) — combining them into a new entity called Affinitiv. CIP Capital is acquiring Clearwater, FL-based AutoLoop and will merge… Continue Reading

Cox Automotive, CDK Settle Antitrust & Data Lawsuit

July 16, 2019 — Late last week, CDK Global and Cox Automotive and its subsidiaries informed the federal court in Illinois they have settled their lawsuits resulting from a long-standing dispute over access to data and how that data is used. The settlement does not impact other parties involved in the multi-district litigation (MDL) that… Continue Reading

Chip Perry Retires as CEO of TrueCar

June 3, 2019 — After three and half years at the helm of TrueCar, Chip Perry is stepping down as CEO and president, the company announced today. TrueCar has not named a replacement for Perry, who will continue to consult with the company. Perry, one of the pioneers in the automotive Internet space, founded AutoTrader… Continue Reading

Firm Tied to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Owner Buying Dealerships in California

May 3, 2019 — British dealer group Pendragon PLC (LON: PDG) announced yesterday it is selling two California Jaguar Land Rover dealerships as part of its plan to exit the U.S. market. Pendragon is selling its Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Newport Beach to U.S. Auto Trust for $40.3 million (£31 million). U.S. Auto Trust… Continue Reading

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 Sales Process Ongoing, Extends Board Nomination Deadline

March 25, 2019 — Although sources confirmed to us two weeks ago an acquisition of Cars.com was close, we’re still waiting. But signs are a deal should be announced in the next several days. According to a press release this morning, the process is ongoing and involves “multiple parties.” The biggest indication, though, is that… Continue Reading

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