July-August Dealership Buy-Sells Sizzling Pace

July-August Dealership Buy-Sells Sizzling Pace

September 9, 2015 — A torrid July and August in the dealership buy-sell market saw 81 rooftops change hands bringing the 2015 total to 322 through the first eight months of the year — just two shy of all of 2014’s total. Averaging about 40.25 buy-sells a month this year, the industry is on pace to…

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AutoNation Acquires 16 Stores

AutoNation Acquires 16 Stores

August 18, 2015 — AutoNation announced this morning its biggest acquisition by revenue since 2001. The nation’s largest dealer group is acquiring 16 dealerships — 13 from Carl Gregory Enterprises and three stores owned by the Valley Motors Auto Group. Combined, the stores generated more than $600 million in revenue in 2014 on nearly 20,000 new and used…

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Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

July 31, 2015 — The first six months of 2015 have not been kind to TrueCar. The stock price, which was just under $23 on December 31, is now trading below $7. The question is, can the company rebound? The challenges seem to be piling up — multiple lawsuits; a significant second quarter earnings miss;…

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TrueCar Settles — Wins — Legal Dispute with Sonic Automotive

July 29, 2015 — One lawsuit down, several more to go. In what is some much needed good news for online car buying platform TrueCar,  it announces it has reached a settlement with Sonic Automotive in a trademark dispute dating back to August 2013. The Banks Report first reported the dispute in September 2013 (TrueCar… Continue Reading

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Asbury Sells BMW Store to Holman

July 13, 2015 — The Holman Automotive Group acquired Princeton BMW MINI in New Jersey today from the Asbury Automotive Group.  It is Holman’s second acquisition in the last several weeks as it acquired Audi of Willow Grove outside of Philadelphia in June. Holman operates approximately 22 franchises located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. The… Continue Reading

2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

July 5, 2015 — Through June, dealership buy-sells continues to be vibrant and is on a record pace fueled by a strong May and June coupled with Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group in March. Meanwhile, automakers continue to leverage the Right of First Refusal to scuttle deals.  The industry hit the mid-point…

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Chinese Retailer Goes International

June 30, 2015 — Lei Shing Hong recently acquired 15 Mercedes Benz dealerships in Germany following its purchase of two Mercedes stores in Australia outbidding other groups including one from the U.S. looking to establish a presence there. The world’s largest Mercedes Benz dealer is Lei Shing Hong Ltd, a Chinese company with approximately 180 Mercedes dealerships… Continue Reading

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Public Group Buy-Sell Activity Slow in 2015

May 8, 2015 — The public dealer groups are off to a slow start in 2015 on the acquisition front. Asbury Automotive Group announced its first purchase of the year last night, acquiring Capitol City Nissan in the Atlanta area. The transaction is only the ninth this year completed by the six public groups according to data…

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Dealership Buy-Sells Remain Steady, But Few Big Deals

May 7, 2015 — With all the chatter of private equity and names like Warren Buffett getting into the automotive retail space, there have been few large deals completed. Only two transactions for more than eight stores and only six that have been for five or more have been signed since January 2013, according to data compiled… Continue Reading