Why Are Activist Investors Targeting CDK?

Why Are Activist Investors Targeting CDK?

January 11, 2015 — CDK Global suddenly is attracting the attention of Wall Street investors and analysts following two prominent hedge funds taking activist positions in the company since its IPO and spinoff from ADP in early October. The early returns have been strong — a stock price that began trading in the mid-twenties hit…

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DealerTrack Announces incadea Acquisition

December 18, 2014 — DealerTrack today announced it has acquired the international DMS firm incadea for $190.3 million (about $63 million more than incadea’s market cap) using cash on hand and cash from existing credit facilities. The company was once owned by Reynolds and Reynolds from 2003 to 2007. It’s an important deal — and…

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DealerTrack to go Global?

DealerTrack to go Global?

December 5, 2015 — DealerTrack apparently likes to make surprise announcements in December. Last year, it announced the acquisition of Dealer.com in what turned out to be a $987 million deal. Yesterday, the Long Island-based dealer technology firm confirmed it is in preliminary discussions to make another acquisition and will announce its decision by or on January 1,…

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Texas Teachers Invest in Dealerships

November 24, 2014 — Teachers in Texas apparently like the financial prospects of franchised car dealerships. One of the country’s largest pension funds, the Teachers Retirement System of Texas is investing in Capital Automotive, a firm that provides sale-leaseback capital to car dealers, through an investment fund established by Capital’s parent Brookfield Property Partners. Brookfield…

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Cox’s Latest Acquisition — And Another Investment

Cox’s Latest Acquisition — And Another Investment

November 23, 2014 — Cox Automotive  continues to be active in the acquisition space buying the assets of small used car data firm last week, following its $325 million purchase of Xtime two weeks ago. It.has spent approximately $3 billion on both U.S. and international (China and Brazil) acquisitions since 2010. Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based firm…

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Cox Automotive Acquires Xtime

It continues to be a sizzling year for acquisitions in the automotive retail space. The Banks Report has learned the latest company to be acquired is Xtime, a firm that provides technology solutions to dealership service departments. Cox Automotive is announcing this afternoon that it has acquired the Redwood City, CA-based firm for $325 million…

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Contact at Once Acquired

Contact at Once Acquired

November 5, 2014 — UPDATED WITH NEW REVENUE INFORMATION — Dealership website chat service firm Contact at Once! has been acquired by LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) for approximately $65 million. Contact at Once! provides text and chat services for dealership websites in the automotive retail space. It acquired the chat solution of OutSell earlier this year.… Continue Reading

Autobytel’s Uncertain Future

Autobytel’s Uncertain Future

October 29, 2014 — Autobytel’s next earnings call with analysts, slated for November 5th, could get interesting. A scathing letter last week from activist investor Ancora Advisors LLC reveals intense dissatisfaction with the current management team and likely will force a sale of Autobytel. The question is, who would buy it? The last month has…

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Cox Automotive Invests in AutoMD

October 9, 2014 — Cox Automotive’s investment in AutoMD is continued indication that interest in the dealership service repair sector is growing and represents huge potential for vendors over the next 10 years. Cox Automotive and Federal-Mogul Motorparts announced last night they have made a minority investment in AutoMD, Inc., previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network,…

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