Thoma Bravo Adds Two New Firms to the Growing J.D. Power Empire

Thoma Bravo Adds Two New Firms to the Growing J.D. Power Empire

August 7, 2020 — Since May 2019, Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has engaged in an acquisition spree in the automotive space compiling a group of five companies providing data and software services to automakers and dealers. In the last 15 months, Thoma Bravo has acquired Autodata Solutions (ChromeData), J.D. Power and Associates, Trilogy Automotive,…

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Legal and Legislative Update on the Ongoing War for DMS Data Access

Legal and Legislative Update on the Ongoing War for DMS Data Access

August 5, 2020 — A recent judicial ruling may be the most promising sign yet that third-party technology vendors will soon be free of alleged expensive and restrictive data access policies enacted by CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds. On July 24, a judge in Arizona’s District Court ruled against a motion filed by Reynolds…

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Cox Automotive to Furlough More Than 12,500

May 7, 2020 — In an internal email this morning, Cox Automotive President and CEO Sandy Schwartz announced the company is implementing a series of cost-cutting moves that include furloughing more than 12,500 employees beginning May 17 due to the financial impact created by COVID-19. The furloughs will impact about 36% of Cox Automotive’s entire… Continue Reading

Ansira Completes Acquisition of CDK’s Digital Marketing Business

Ansira Completes Acquisition of CDK’s Digital Marketing Business

April 22, 2020 — Ansira Partners this morning announced it has finalized the purchase of CDK Global Digital Marketing Business and is renaming it Sincro. including all advertising solutions and website services. The deal positions Ansira to expand its automotive business, specifically with General Motors, one of CDK’s top OEM clients. Ansira has had a… Continue Reading

2020 Auto Retail Vendor M&A Outlook — Fast & Furious Start With Surprises

2020 Auto Retail Vendor M&A Outlook — Fast & Furious Start With Surprises

February 3, 2020 — A month into the new year and there have been seven investments and acquisitions announced with at least one more expected in the next several days in the auto retail vendor space. The January activity continues the pace set in 2019 in which more than 70 acquisitions and investments were transacted.…

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DealerSocket Co-Founders Ord & Perry Contest Auto/Mate Acquisition

UPDATE – January 22, 2020: A temporary restraining order has been issued delaying the transaction till at least February 11. January 15, 2020 — Following Jonathan Ord’s December lawsuit against DealerSocket (reported last week by The Banks Report), co-founder Brad Perry filed his own lawsuit this week against investment firm Vista Equity Partners, its DealerSocket…

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DealerSocket’s Pending Purchase of Auto/Mate Gives Window into Vista Equity’s Automotive Strategy

DealerSocket’s Pending Purchase of Auto/Mate Gives Window into Vista Equity’s Automotive Strategy

January 8, 2020 — Vista Equity Partners-backed DealerSocket announced this week it has agreed to acquire dealer management software vendor Auto/Mate. The deal (which as of yet, does not have a timeline) provides insight into Vista’s automotive plans, but there are questions still to be answered. Vista Equity is one of the bigger investors in…

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