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Lithia Acquires 18th Store This Year

October 6, 2016 — Lithia Motors announced this morning the acquisition of Audi Auto Gallery in Woodland Hills, CA, from co-founders Harrison Gray and Tony Schwartz. It is Lithia’s 18th dealership acquired this year. The additional $120 million in annual revenue created by the acquisition brings Lithia’s total to approximately $1 billion in acquired revenue this… Continue Reading

Fewer Dealers in the Forecast for Cadillac

Fewer Dealers in the Forecast for Cadillac

Various media reports last week confirm Cadillac is offering buyouts to 400 of its smallest dealerships. The news isn’t a surprise as we speculated numerous times since September 2014 that Cadillac Chief Johan de Nysschen would try to reduce the number of 925 Cadillac dealers down to 400 to 500 stores. The buyouts follow Cadillac’s…

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Lithia Acquires Carbone Auto Dealership Group

Lithia Acquires Carbone Auto Dealership Group

September 12, 2016 — Lithia Motors has acquired the 13-store Carbone Automotive Group located in New York and Vermont. It’s the second largest acquisition by number of rooftops this year, following the Holman purchase of the 15-dealership Kuni Automotive Group. Since January 2013, Lithia has acquired 67 stores, including  17 this year. The publicly traded dealer group,… Continue Reading

NY-Based P/E Firm Executes Roll Up Strategy

NY-Based P/E Firm Executes Roll Up Strategy

September 8, 2016 — CIP Capital, a New York-based private equity company new to the automotive retail space, is putting together a unique strategy acquiring four companies and combining them to create Affinitiv Inc. a new technology marketing firm. While other companies have executed roll up strategies in the past (Cox Automotive, DealerTrack, Dealersocket and HGGC are a few…

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TBR Notes – Week of September 6

September 6, 2016 — Below is a new section for premium subscribers to The Banks Report. We would call it “Cliff Notes,” but that is copyrighted and I prefer not to tempt the lawyers. So we have opted for the title, “TBR Notes.” It will be our perspective of the bigger news stories and what they may mean…

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IndiGO Acquires BMW Store in CA — UPDATED

September 1, 2016 — Todd Blue’s IndiGO Auto Group announced yesterday it has acquired BMW of Palm Springs in California. It is the group’s 12th luxury franchise. The acquisition closes out was has been a furious final two weeks in August in which the industry saw nine transactions involving 21 dealerships (25 franchises). The Banks Report will… Continue Reading