The Impact of the CDK Hack Will Take Years to Play Out

The Impact of the CDK Hack Will Take Years to Play Out

June 27, 2024 — Late Thursday afternoon, CDK Global began rebooting the systems for a test group of dealers, following a two-pronged cyber attack more than a week ago. (UPDATED July 11 — According to a CNN report, CDK likely paid a ransom of $25 million to the hackers on June 21 — in numerous… Continue Reading

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

A modern-day automotive Godzilla, the likes of which we have not seen before, is how China expert Michael Dunne described China’s automotive juggernaut last week in a presentation at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Summit.  Chinese automakers “could be the single biggest disruptor this decade” in the auto industry, Dunne said.  The question is whether… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Dealership Buy-Sell June Recovery Points to Sizzling 2nd Half

Dealership Buy-Sell June Recovery Points to Sizzling 2nd Half

July 9, 2020 — After a short COVID-19-induced respite in April and May, the dealership buy-sell market is back in business in a big way finishing the first half on par with 2019 activity. All signs are pointing to a sizzling third quarter continuing a pace set in June that saw 22 transactions involving 31…

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Buy-Sell Activity to Plummet

Buy-Sell Activity to Plummet

March 19, 2020 — Earlier this week, the Asbury Automotive Group (ABG) filed an 8-K document with the SEC informing investors it “intends to continue to evaluate alternatives,” regarding its pending acquisition of 10 dealerships from the Park Place group in Texas. The announcement is not a surprise given what the entire country — and…

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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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New Era Taking Shape in Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity

New Era Taking Shape in Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity

November 1, 2019 — Pivotal. That’s probably the best word to describe vendor mergers and acquisitions and investments among automotive retail vendors in 2019. Aggressive roll-up plays, new directions, and evolving industries forming now will reshape the industry over the next five years. In TBR’s Third Quarter Report on Auto Retail Vendor Merger and Acquisition…

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Vendor M&A at Record Levels

Vendor M&A at Record Levels

November 13, 2018 —  A flurry of 26 deals since the beginning of September has pushed the year’s total to 64, a record for investments and acquisitions in the automotive retail vendor space. The blistering pace continued into the first week of November with data analytics firm Marchex’s purchase of Telmetrics and Infomedia’s acquisition of…

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