CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

June 4, 2017 — CDK Global’s pending acquisition of competitor Auto/Mate is a brilliant deal that should make investors happy. With only 1,300 or so dealerships in play and a price tag that won’t dent the bottom line (although Auto/Mate will get a nice multiple) it isn’t that big of a deal on the surface.…

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Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

May 9, 2017 — Tesla’s moment of truth is nearly here. This year’s introduction of its Model 3 may be the auto industry’s most critical vehicle launch since Ford’s Model T took over America’s roads more than a century ago. Whether the fledgling company becomes the ultimate disruptor and a truly viable automaker will be determined by the…

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The Impact of Carvana’s Less Than Stellar IPO

The Impact of Carvana’s Less Than Stellar IPO

May 2, 2017 — Carvana’s less than stellar first couple of days on the New York Stock Exchange raises questions not only about its business model, but could also impact the IPO plans of other companies in the automotive retail space. The online used vehicle retailer launched its initial public offering last Friday raising $225 million on the…

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Auto Retail Vendors Missing Out on Hot M&A Party – TBR 2017 1st Quarter Report

Auto Retail Vendors Missing Out on Hot M&A Party – TBR 2017 1st Quarter Report

April 6, 2017 — (UPDATE — SEE BELOW)  Acquisition activity among automotive retail vendors has ground to a halt in the the first quarter this year, according to data compiled by The Banks Report. Other than Solera Holding’s purchase of the British-based Autodata the first week of January, there have been no investments, IPOs or acquisitions…

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TBR 2016 Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

TBR 2016 Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

March 18, 2017 — Although 2016 saw a slight downturn in the number of transactions from 2015, dealership buy-sell activity the last three years has stayed fairly consistent, according to data compiled by The Banks Report. And 2017 is shaping up to be on par with the previous three years. From 2015 to 2016, the…

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NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

February 2, 2017 —  As the National Automobile Dealers Assn. celebrated its 100 year anniversary at its annual convention in New Orleans last week, it capped an nine year period that might have been its toughest, yet finest hour. But 2017 brings a new set of daunting challenges. Playing Defense For the last nine years, the association…

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TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

January 2, 2017 — M&A activity among automotive retail vendors for the year ended quietly with only four deals completed in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the 31 acquisitions and investments in 2016 surpassed the 30 in 2015. The four deals in the fourth quarter include (more information about the following deals are included in the…

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Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Except for a couple of investments from JMI Equity, M&A activity in the automotive retail vendor space has been silent in the fourth quarter. With three weeks left to go in the year, there have been 27 investments or acquisitions among vendors to date. (For more analysis on investment and acquisitions in the automotive retail…

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