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Why Private Equity Likes Automotive Retail

While much of the media’s attention is on solutions and companies poised to take advantage of the pending “Connected Car” era, the investment community has made some big plays in automotive retail technology. Within the last 42 months, according to data compiled by The Banks Report nearly $50 billion in capital has changed hands through IPOs, mergers, investments… Continue Reading

TBR’s 2016 Mid-Year Automotive Retail M&A Report

TBR’s 2016 Mid-Year Automotive Retail M&A Report

July 18, 2016 — TBR’s mid-year report on automotive retail vendor M&A activity recaps the 14 acquisitions that occurred the first six months of the year. The report also provides TBR’s outlook for the rest of the year on who the buyers and sellers are, and what deals may be in play. RECAP With 14 acquisitions this year,…

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Salesforce and Automotive Retail — Is There a Play?

Salesforce and Automotive Retail — Is There a Play?

July 7, 2016 — The automotive retail technology world is dominated by three players today — Cox Automotive, CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds. On the CRM side, the major players are DealerSocket and ELead1One. Meanwhile, Salesforce is hovering around the industry. The question is, will this power structure continue over the next two to…

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ReachLocal to be Acquired by Gannett

June 27, 2016 — Web services firm ReachLocal announced this evening that it is being acquired by Gannett for approximately $4.60 a share in an enterprise deal totaling $156 million. ReachLocal provides website and digital marketing services to nearly 16,000 local businesses including car dealerships. Gannett, which recently failed in its bid to acquire competitor Tribune Publishing,… Continue Reading

autoTRADER.ca to be Sold

autoTRADER.ca to be Sold

June 17, 2016 — Those Canadian tech companies suddenly are hot. A sale of Trader Corp., the parent of autoTRADER.ca, could be announced in the next few weeks, sources close to the deal confirm to TBR.  Potential buyers, including large private equity firms along with strategic buyers based in the U.S., are nearing the final… Continue Reading

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Internet Brands Acquires Auto Credit Express

June 3, 2016 — Internet Brands, owned by private equity firm KKR, acquired Auto Credit Express earlier this week. With the acquisition, Internet Brands creates an expanded presence into the subprime vehicle loan market. Auto Credit Express, founded in 1999, matches subprime customers with financing lenders and dealers. It also provides training for dealers selling to subprime… Continue Reading

CDK Global’s Future — Is a Sale in the Cards?

CDK Global’s Future — Is a Sale in the Cards?

May 30, 2016 — UPDATED — A swift kick in the butt from an activist investor followed by a company-wide restructuring has CDK Global’s stock price climbing while possibly signaling the technology firm could be sold within the next several months. This report analyzes the opportunities and challenges presented by the new restructuring and what it…

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1st Quarter Recap & Future Outlook for Auto Retail Vendor Acquisitions

1st Quarter Recap & Future Outlook for Auto Retail Vendor Acquisitions

April 5, 2016 — Despite a relatively quiet first quarter, the hot merger and acquisition pace among automotive retail vendors the last couple of years should continue well into 2016. From January 2014 to December 2015, the industry saw 47 IPOs, acquisitions and investments totaling an estimated $37 billion in capital changing hands. (Read TBR’s recap…

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