TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

October 25, 2016 – Automotive retail vendor merger and acquisition activity slowed slightly in the third quarter with only nine deals and investments announced bringing the total for the year to 25, according data compiled by The Banks Report. The third quarter review provides TBR’s outlook for the fourth quarter along with a recap of all…

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Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

October 16, 2016 —  With eight acquisitions over the last 13 months along with one significant investment that closed in late September, Reynolds and Reynolds quietly has been one of the more active buyers among automotive retail vendors. On the surface, the strategy appears a bit disjointed and is even taking Reynolds outside the confines of the…

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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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Amazon’s Automotive Retail Play — Is It About the Data?

Amazon’s Automotive Retail Play — Is It About the Data?

August 28, 2016 — Amazon.com surprised the automotive industry last week rolling out Amazon Vehicles, an extension of its Amazon automobiles portal. The question is, how does Amazon’s strategy affect automotive retail? The answer for now is, it doesn’t. But it will depending on what Amazon’s next move is. The initiative is the first step of a…

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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

Geitner Replaces Rowe at Cox Automotive

Geitner Replaces Rowe at Cox Automotive

August 11, 2016 — Cox Automotive announced this week that Brian Geitner will replace Jared Rowe as president of its Media Solutions Group which includes Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com. Although Rowe was not fired (he is leaving for a position outside of automotive) the move is clear indication that integration following last year’s… 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