TBR 2019 3rd Quarter Vendor M&A Report

New Era Taking Shape in Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity November 1, 2019 — Pivotal. That’s probably the best word to describe vendor mergers and acquisitions and investments among automotive retail vendors in 2019. Aggressive roll-up plays, new directions, and evolving industries forming now will reshape the industry over the next five years. In TBR’s… Continue Reading


On December 2nd and 3rd, The Banks Report will hold its third annual AUTOVATE conference in Austin, TX at the Kimpton Van Zandt Hotel. We’ve designed the summit to be a boutique, one-of-a-kind event to help dealer executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and automakers cut through the typical conference hype. We take a unique approach in that… Continue Reading

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

PureCars Sold to Private Equity and Original Investor

May 6, 2019 — Following a three and a half-year stint with Raycom Media, PureCars has been sold to private equity firm Diversis Capital and Stage 1 Ventures, its original investor. Raycom Media acquired the automotive marketing technology firm in October 2015 for more than $125 million. But as part of its January sale to… Continue Reading

Tesla Again Revamps Its Retail Strategy

March 11, 2019 — Tesla’s strategy of closing its retail network apparently is a work in progress. After shutting down 10% of its retail locations the last couple of weeks, Tesla announced on its blog last night that it has stopped the process and will evaluate another 20% of its sales locations in coming months.… Continue Reading

Prime Motor Group Acquires Northeast Dealer Group

Prime Motor Group Acquires Northeast Dealer Group

February 20, 2019 — The Prime Automotive Group added six dealerships last week when it acquired the Marubeni America Corporation’s Auto Gallery in Norwood, MA. The fast-growing Prime, backed by GPB Capital, now has 68 dealerships with revenues approaching $3.5 billion. The transaction is the third large dealership buy-sell of the year and continues the… Continue Reading