J.D. Power on the Market  – Who are the Potential Buyers?

J.D. Power on the Market – Who are the Potential Buyers?

November 2, 2015 — It’s been 10 years since the McGraw-Hill Companies acquired J.D. Power and Associates for nearly $400 million. Now, according to media reports late last week, McGraw-Hill is exploring strategic alternatives for the market research firm and could command as much as $1 billion for a sale. J.D. Power generates about $265 million in…

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Private Equity Firm to Buy Large Midwest Group

October 15, 2015 — Fremont Private Holdings is acquiring Morrie Wagener’s 11 dealership-group in Minnesota. Partnering with Fremont  is Karl Schmidt, who has run Morrie’s Automotive Group since 2009 as its CEO. Fremont, which is the investment firm established by the family that owns construction company Bechtel Corp., has been rumored for about two years to… Continue Reading

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Data Access Battle Goes Nuclear

October 12, 2015 — A little more than a week ago, the simmering battle between DMS firms and other automotive retail vendors over data access and integration went nuclear. To be fair, the issue has plagued the automotive retail space for more than 20 years as certain DMS firms have sought to restrict or control third party…

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TBR Weekly Top 10 – Sept. 18

TBR Weekly Top 10 – Sept. 18

September 18, 2015 — Why you need corporate security; Changes in car buying; Preparing for normalization; Why you’ll never buy a driverless vehicle; OEMs slack approach to cyber security; Co-op money – what’s it good for? Hyundai’s future dealership. The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what we believe are the week’s must-read stories… Continue Reading

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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Monster Deals Pending in Automotive Retail

Monster Deals Pending in Automotive Retail

August 22, 2015 — By the end of the year, it is conceivable the automotive retail industry may see at least three publicly traded vendors go private in deals ranging from $4.5 billion to $9-$10 billion. Dealertrack, CDK Global and Solera Holdings, all multi-billion dollar vendors, are either close to or are exploring sales to private…

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Private Equity & Automotive Retail – More Hype than Reality?

July 11, 2015 — Headlines in the trade press in January hyped the increasing involvement private equity would play in automotive retail — specifically in the acquisition of dealerships. On the heels of Warren Buffett’s announcement of that Berkshire Hathaway was buying the 81-store Van Tuyl automotive group (a deal that ended up being for… 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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Cox’s Acquisition of Dealertrack a Brilliant Move

Cox’s Acquisition of Dealertrack a Brilliant Move

July 2, 2015 — In this report The Banks Report analyzes the financials of Cox’s pending acquisition of Dealertrack; why the deal makes sense; and its effect on the industry and other companies. Background Cox Automotive’s pending acquisition of Dealertrack is big on several levels. Not only is the $4 billion deal the biggest acquisition financially… Continue Reading