'18 may bring dealership buy-sell bonanza

Written by:
Jamie LaReau
Automotive News
January 29, 2018

Early indicators signal a bustling buy-sell market this year as individual dealers and groups contemplate selling to exit an increasingly complex and uncertain retail world — or buying more stores to gain scale to better compete in that evolving retail landscape.

“Since the end of December, we have been getting nonstop calls — buyers and sellers, but mostly sellers,” said buy-sell adviser Sheldon Sandler, partner in Bel Air Partners in Hopewell, N.J. “Private equity interest has died down, so they’re not the buyers. It’s the larger dealer groups, public and private.”

Erin Kerrigan, managing director of buy-sell advisory Kerrigan Advisors in Irvine, Calif., predicts the public groups will be “much more active” in 2018. “Some of them will be making big bets on major groups and maybe even beyond our borders.”

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Kerrigan Advisors is the premier sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers nationwide. The firm advises the industry's leading dealership groups, enhancing value through the lifecycle of growing, operating and, when the time is right, selling their businesses. Kerrigan Advisors has represented some of auto retail's largest transactions and advised more of the largest dealership groups in the US than any other buy/sell firm in the industry. Led by a team of veteran industry experts with backgrounds in investment banking, private equity, accounting, finance and real estate, the firm does not take listings, rather they develop a customized approach for each client to achieve their personal and financial goals. In addition to Kerrigan Advisors' sell-side advisory and capital raising services, the firm also provides a suite of consulting services including growth strategy, market valuation assessments, capital allocation, transactional due diligence, open point proposals, operational improvement and real estate due diligence.

Kerrigan Advisors monitors conditions in the buy/sell market and publishes an in-depth analysis each quarter in The Blue Sky Report®, which includes Kerrigan Advisors' signature blue sky charts, multiples, and analysis for each franchise in the luxury and non-luxury segments.—To download a preview of the report, click here.—The firm also releases monthly The Kerrigan Index™ composed of the seven publicly traded auto retail companies with operations focused on the US market. The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index is designed to track dealership valuation trends, while also providing key insights into factors influencing auto retail.—To access The Kerrigan Index™, click here.—To read the—2023 Kerrigan OEM Survey, click here.—Kerrigan Advisors also is the co-author of NADA's Guide to Buying and Selling a Dealership.

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