TD Bank to Acquire Cowen

TD Bank to Acquire Cowen

August 2, 2022 — Canada’s TD Bank Group (Toronto Dominion) confirmed this morning the month-long speculation that it will acquire U.S.-based investment bank Cowen Inc. The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, is for $39 a share — a 62% premium more than what it was trading for in… Continue Reading

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Cars.com to Acquire Vehicle Valuation & Appraisal Company

February 8, 2022 — Cars.com announced this morning it is acquiring the assets of Accu-Trade, Galves Market Data, and MADE Logistics from founder Robert Hollenshead. Terms of the transaction, which should close within the next month, include an initial cash payment of $65 million with another expected $63 million earnout payment based on certain financial… Continue Reading

9th Circuit Appeals Court Denies CDK & Reynolds and Reynolds Preliminary Injunction Request in Arizona Dealer Law Dispute

9th Circuit Appeals Court Denies CDK & Reynolds and Reynolds Preliminary Injunction Request in Arizona Dealer Law Dispute

October 25, 2021 — This morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Arizona’s District Court’s decision denying Reynolds and Reynolds’ and CDK Global’s motion requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of Arizona’s Dealer Data Security Law, signed into law in 2019. The legislation gives dealerships greater control over the… Continue Reading

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Automotive Retail Tech & Investor Conference Returns to Austin in December 2021

Follow the money — or more specifically, the investment capital. I became convinced during my 10 years as a reporter and editor at WardsAuto that the investment community fuels much of the vendor growth and strategy in automotive retail. But it is an under-reported and underserved — and often, misunderstood — component of the industry.… Continue Reading

Rodo Lands Big Investors as Investment in Auto Digital Retailing Remains Hot

Rodo Lands Big Investors as Investment in Auto Digital Retailing Remains Hot

(Photo Source: Shutterstock, Photographer: Jaguar PS) July 28, 2021 — Hollywood actor and noted comedian Kevin Hart sees the upside in automotive digital retailing and has decided to ride along with a group of investors putting $18 million into Rodo, a mobile app that lets customers lease, purchase, or sell a vehicle online. Hart’s investment… Continue Reading

Layoffs at DealerSocket, Omnitracs Further Evidence Vista Equity is Preparing an IPO for Solera

Layoffs at DealerSocket, Omnitracs Further Evidence Vista Equity is Preparing an IPO for Solera

July 21, 2021 — Following a scuttled SPAC attempt earlier this year for portfolio company Solera Holdings, Vista Equity Partners now is planning for an initial public offering later this year or early next year. The original strategy called for partnering with special purpose acquisition company Apollo Growth Strategic Capital, which had raised $817 million…

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J.D. Power’s Purchase of Darwin Shows a Sector Moving Into Acquisition Phase

July 7, 2021 — After more than $200 million being invested in automotive digital retailing firms the last few years, two large strategic transactions in June signaled the sector has entered the acquisition/consolidation phase. A third deal, set to be announced this morning, pushes the total amount spent on purchases of firms offering digital retailing…

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