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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CDK Grows Share of DMS Market as Margins Increase

CDK Grows Share of DMS Market as Margins Increase

August 12, 2016 — Perhaps the most striking data point from CDK Global’s recent earnings filing is that it is gaining share of the overall North American dealer management system market while also growing the average amount from those contracts. CDK also announced strong results for its 2016 fiscal year along with an agreement with activist investor Elliott Partners to increase the… Continue Reading

Cox Automotive Makes Big Play in Australia

Cox Automotive Makes Big Play in Australia

August 11, 2016 — Following its June acquisition of the Australian-based Dealer Solutions, Cox Automotive will acquire News Corp’s 50% stake in CarsGuide, an online automotive classifieds site, also in Australia. Once the acquisition closes sometime in the fourth quarter, Cox will combine CarsGuide with Dealer Solutions and Manheim’s Australian division which includes its buying service SellMyCar into… Continue Reading

Tegna’s Cars.com to Acquire DealerRater

Tegna’s Cars.com to Acquire DealerRater

July 26, 2016 — Tegna announced this morning that its subsidiary Cars.com has acquired dealer review company DealerRater. The acquisition, which is scheduled to close in August, will give Cars.com four million consumer-submitted reviews. The company was founded in 2002 by Chip Grueter. In late 2013, private equity firm Great Hill Partners took a majority position in… Continue Reading

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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