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Group 1 Buying and Selling

February 6, 2016 — Group 1 Automotive continues to trim its presence in the Northeast divesting of three dealerships there within the last several weeks. Meanwhile, the nation’s third largest dealer group announced this week it has completed the acquisition of the 12-store Spire Automotive Group located in metro London in the United Kingdom. At the end of… Continue Reading

Pounding of Auto Retail Stocks Continues

Pounding of Auto Retail Stocks Continues

January 18, 2016 — When the stock market closed Friday, shares of the seven publicly traded automotive retail companies (including Carmax) had lost on average, 27% of their value since the market’s opening for the year two weeks earlier on January 4. Wall Street finished the week with its roughest two-week opening of any year…

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Two Luxury Dealership Buy-Sells Close Out 2015

Two Luxury Dealership Buy-Sells Close Out 2015

January 11, 2016 — Acquisitions of an Audi dealership in Austin, TX and a Mercedes Benz store in Freehold, NJ closed out 2015 in what was a record year for dealership buy-sells. Approximately 470 dealerships changed hands according to data compiled by The Banks Report which will be published in the TBR 2015 Dealership Buy-Sell Report…

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Penske Automotive Makes Investment Play in Japan

Penske Automotive Makes Investment Play in Japan

January 8, 2016 — The Penske Automotive Group announced yesterday that it has made an investment in the Japanese dealer market. It’s not an outright acquisition, but the dealer group has taken a 49% equity position in the Nicole Group, a four-store luxury group selling BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce and Ferrari brands in Tokyo and Kanagawa. The… Continue Reading

Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

January 6, 2015 — Better check your portfolios if you are holding shares in any of the publicly traded dealer groups. stock prices have plunged for each of the seven automotive dealer groups following Monday’s overall market selloff (due to concerns about China),  yesterday’s report of softer than expected December sales along with remarks made…

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Hot December for Dealership Buy-Sells

Hot December for Dealership Buy-Sells

December 17, 2015 — It was an intense first two weeks in the dealership buy-sell world as transactions involving 38 stores were either closed or announced through December 15. December is shaping up to be a huge month which could put the industry near 500 rooftops exchanging hands in 2015. It’s the biggest two week stretch since The Banks Report…

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McLarty Buys 4 Dealerships from Asbury

McLarty Buys 4 Dealerships from Asbury

December 16, 2015 — McLarty Automotive acquired four dealerships this week from the Asbury Automotive Group in Little Rock, AR. The purchase gives the McLarty group 13 dealerships — 11 that have been acquired since the end of October. The four dealerships are North Point Nissan (McLarty Nissan of Little Rock); North Little Rock Nissan (McLarty… Continue Reading

McLarty Automotive Buys Stores, has Investment from Family Offices

McLarty Automotive Buys Stores, has Investment from Family Offices

October 28, 2015 — The Banks Report has confirmed the McLarty Automotive Group has acquired seven stores selling 16 franchises of the Joe Machens dealership group in Columbia, MO, from owners Gary and Rusty Drewing. Charles Oglesby, the former chairman and CEO of the Asbury Automotive Group, has been named the CEO of the group. The… Continue Reading