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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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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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

Vendor M&A at Record Levels

Vendor M&A at Record Levels

November 13, 2018 —  A flurry of 26 deals since the beginning of September has pushed the year’s total to 64, a record for investments and acquisitions in the automotive retail vendor space. The blistering pace continued into the first week of November with data analytics firm Marchex’s purchase of Telmetrics and Infomedia’s acquisition of…

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Amazon’s Automotive Play May Not Be What You Think

Amazon’s Automotive Play May Not Be What You Think

September 20, 2018 — Two years ago, Amazon launched its Amazon Vehicles page setting off a flurry of industry predictions the tech giant was preparing to upend and take over the automotive retail space. Not so fast. Amazon is preparing a huge push into automotive, but it’s not going to be in the sales and…

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TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

March 6, 2018 — Despite industry perception that dealership consolidation is on the rise, buy-sell activity of U.S.-based stores declined in 2017 for the second consecutive year, based on data compiled by The Banks Report. Even with the downward trend the last two years, the buy-sell market has been vibrant since 2013 as the industry… Continue Reading

TBR 2017 Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Year End Report

TBR 2017 Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Year End Report

Februrary 9, 2018 —  Welcome to our fourth annual TBR Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Report. Our M&A reports on vendor acquisition and investment activity are published quarterly along with an annual year-end report. The reports provide insight and analysis of each acquisition, investment and IPO from the previous year including an outlook for the upcoming…

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Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

January 25, 2018 — The Banks Report research has found 21 companies that offer some type of online vehicle transaction solution. In the last four years, companies offering such solutions have exploded onto the scene attracting more than $1 billion in investment money — more than $200 million since July (Not including Fair’s $1 billion… Continue Reading