CDK Adds Software Expert to Board

CDK Adds Software Expert to Board

June 22, 2016 — Normally the announcement of a new board appointment isn’t big news, but yesterday’s news that CDK Global’s board has elected Lithium CEO Robert “Rob” Tarkoff to its board is another sign of the company’s ongoing overhaul. CDK has come under pressure from investors to speed up its transformation plan which includes a massive restructuring… Continue Reading

autoTRADER.ca to be Sold

autoTRADER.ca to be Sold

June 17, 2016 — Those Canadian tech companies suddenly are hot. A sale of Trader Corp., the parent of autoTRADER.ca, could be announced in the next few weeks, sources close to the deal confirm to TBR.  Potential buyers, including large private equity firms along with strategic buyers based in the U.S., are nearing the final… Continue Reading

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Slow Dealer Buy-Sell Pace Continues First Two Weeks of June

June 14, 2016 — (UPDATED June 16) Of the nine dealership acquisitions through the first two weeks of June, four occurred in the Denver market. In two separate transactions last week, the Larry H. Miller Group acquired three stores from Doug Moreland — Cherry Creek Dodge in Denver, Fiat of Denver and Colorado Chrysler Jeep of Aurora… Continue Reading

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Cox Automotive Continues Restructuring

June 10, 2016 — Cox Automotive is still working to properly align its pieces following the $4.1 billion acquisition of DealerTrack last fall. As of NADA, it appeared that the restructuring was complete, but today, executives are announcing internally a series of moves realigning some its most visible pieces. The big move Cox is making…

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CDK Investors Keep Pressure on the Tech Leader

CDK Investors Keep Pressure on the Tech Leader

June 9, 2016 — (UPDATED June 18) — CDK Global activist investor Elliott Management followed up its letter from May 4 with a second letter yesterday urging the tech firm to move faster in implementing its capital return plan while being more transparent with shareholders. Five hours later, CDK announced it is accelerating its $1…

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Data Access Issues Not Unique to Automotive Retail

June 8, 2016 — I hear often from third party vendors that the “heavy-handed” data access or integration practices of Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global is a dynamic unique to the automotive industry. That’s not exactly the truth. An intriguing article in American Banker magazine this week highlights the struggles the banking industry is having… Continue Reading

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Internet Brands Acquires Auto Credit Express

June 3, 2016 — Internet Brands, owned by private equity firm KKR, acquired Auto Credit Express earlier this week. With the acquisition, Internet Brands creates an expanded presence into the subprime vehicle loan market. Auto Credit Express, founded in 1999, matches subprime customers with financing lenders and dealers. It also provides training for dealers selling to subprime… Continue Reading

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Ford Direct Names New CEO

May 16, 2016 — FordDirect announced today that industry veteran Mike Jurecki will be its new CEO effective June 6. Jurecki previously served as CEO of RouteOne for 14 years where he led the formation of the joint venture of the financial services firm. He replaces Stacey Coopes who left FordDirect in early December (Big… Continue Reading

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NY Court Rules GM’s Sales Formula Not Legal

May 10, 2016 –In an intriguing decision last week, the New York’s Court of Appeals determined in a 5 – 1 decision that General Motors’ use of its Retail Sales Index to evaluate its dealers’ sales performance violates state law. The ruling could force manufacturers to change how they measure their dealers’ retail performance. GM used the RSI In 2011 in… Continue Reading