Experian Automotive Acquires Data Firm String Automotive

Experian Automotive Acquires Data Firm String Automotive

May 23, 2017 — We’re still waiting the official announcement, but sources have confirmed Experian Automotive will announce in the near future that it has acquired String Automotive, a 12 year-old data analytics firm based in Newton, MA. The acquisition cements a relationship that began in 2014 when Experian Automotive’s Auto Market DNA℠ demographic and behavioral information’s… Continue Reading

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

May 14, 2017 — Acquisition activity among auto retail vendors is slowly rebounding following a first quarter that brought only one deal. In recent weeks, Dominion Web Solutions, Drivin, Automatic and World Dealer were acquired while Carvana launched an initial public offering (IPO). Next up is Cars.com which will begin trading on the New York…

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Auto Retail Vendors Missing Out on Hot M&A Party – TBR 2017 1st Quarter Report

Auto Retail Vendors Missing Out on Hot M&A Party – TBR 2017 1st Quarter Report

April 6, 2017 — (UPDATE — SEE BELOW)  Acquisition activity among automotive retail vendors has ground to a halt in the the first quarter this year, according to data compiled by The Banks Report. Other than Solera Holding’s purchase of the British-based Autodata the first week of January, there have been no investments, IPOs or acquisitions…

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Solera Acquires British-based Autodata

Solera Acquires British-based Autodata

January 6, 2017 — Solera Holdings announced yesterday it has acquired the British-based Autodata from Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments for  £340 million ($418 million). Autodata, which was founded in 1975, publishes technical service and repair information to the automotive aftermarket. It licenses data from 136 manufacturers covering 32,000 different models globally. Its owners, Bowmark… Continue Reading

TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

January 2, 2017 — M&A activity among automotive retail vendors for the year ended quietly with only four deals completed in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the 31 acquisitions and investments in 2016 surpassed the 30 in 2015. The four deals in the fourth quarter include (more information about the following deals are included in the…

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Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Except for a couple of investments from JMI Equity, M&A activity in the automotive retail vendor space has been silent in the fourth quarter. With three weeks left to go in the year, there have been 27 investments or acquisitions among vendors to date. (For more analysis on investment and acquisitions in the automotive retail…

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TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

October 25, 2016 – Automotive retail vendor merger and acquisition activity slowed slightly in the third quarter with only nine deals and investments announced bringing the total for the year to 25, according data compiled by The Banks Report. The third quarter review provides TBR’s outlook for the fourth quarter along with a recap of all…

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Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

October 16, 2016 —  With eight acquisitions over the last 13 months along with one significant investment that closed in late September, Reynolds and Reynolds quietly has been one of the more active buyers among automotive retail vendors. On the surface, the strategy appears a bit disjointed and is even taking Reynolds outside the confines of the…

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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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