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CDK Finishes Fiscal Year Strong

July 18, 2016 — Brian MacDonald’s turn around plan for CDK Global appears to be off to a good start, according to preliminary results for its fourth quarter fiscal year earnings (ending June 30, 2016). MacDonald, who was appointed president and CEO of CDK earlier this year, stepped up the company’s transformation plan that was… Continue Reading

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

CDK Adds Software Expert to Board

CDK Adds Software Expert to Board

June 22, 2016 — Normally the announcement of a new board appointment isn’t big news, but yesterday’s news that CDK Global’s board has elected Lithium CEO Robert “Rob” Tarkoff to its board is another sign of the company’s ongoing overhaul. CDK has come under pressure from investors to speed up its transformation plan which includes a massive restructuring… Continue Reading

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Cox Automotive Continues Restructuring

June 10, 2016 — Cox Automotive is still working to properly align its pieces following the $4.1 billion acquisition of DealerTrack last fall. As of NADA, it appeared that the restructuring was complete, but today, executives are announcing internally a series of moves realigning some its most visible pieces. The big move Cox is making…

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CDK Investors Keep Pressure on the Tech Leader

CDK Investors Keep Pressure on the Tech Leader

June 9, 2016 — (UPDATED June 18) — CDK Global activist investor Elliott Management followed up its letter from May 4 with a second letter yesterday urging the tech firm to move faster in implementing its capital return plan while being more transparent with shareholders. Five hours later, CDK announced it is accelerating its $1…

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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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