Tonkin Dealer Group to be Sold

Tonkin Dealer Group to be Sold

UPDATED: December 13, 2016 — The Banks Report has learned that the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships is selling to the Gee Automotive Companies in Spokane, WA, confirming rumors the last several months that a sale was in process. An announcement is expected sometime in the next few days. Meanwhile, the deal is expected to close sometime… Continue Reading

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Except for a couple of investments from JMI Equity, M&A activity in the automotive retail vendor space has been silent in the fourth quarter. With three weeks left to go in the year, there have been 27 investments or acquisitions among vendors to date. (For more analysis on investment and acquisitions in the automotive retail…

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Penske Acquires CarSense; Stock Price Riding High

Penske Acquires CarSense; Stock Price Riding High

December 1, 2016 — The Penske Automotive Group (PAG) announced today it has acquired specialty automotive retailer CarSense from owner and founder Francis I. McGowen. CarSense has five locations in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets specializeing in reconditioning and retailing high-quality, late-model used vehicles at no-haggle prices. Penske says the acquisition should add an estimated $350… Continue Reading

Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

November 28, 2016 — Is a potential battle looming between automakers and tech firms with the government over security issues with over-the-air updates made possible by connected car technology? Billions of dollars are at stake for automakers, technology firms and even dealers, but comments from various government officials over the last several months indicate OTAs… Continue Reading

Painter’s New Initiative

Painter’s New Initiative

November 15, 2016 — UPDATED: Word is getting out that Scott Painter is soon to be back in the auto industry. His newest initiative is being called, “Fair.” The project has come up in a few conversations that we’ve had the last several months — mainly just cocktail reception gossip. Then, a couple of weeks ago over… Continue Reading

TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

Dealership buy-sell activity rebounded in September and October following a slow second quarter and should remain brisk for the foreseeable future. With 17 fewer transactions through the end of the third quarter, the 2016 pace is slightly off what was a record year in 2015, according to data compiled for TBR’s 2016 Third Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Report. (Subscribers…

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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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