Asbury Automotive will absorb a top 25 dealership group.
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. on Monday said its $1.2 billion acquisition of privately held Jim Koons Automotive Cos. is complete. The deal, the largest transaction tracked by Automotive News this year based on the number of dealerships acquired, includes 20 dealerships and six collision centers in the mid-Atlantic.
This acquisition positions Asbury to surpass Group 1 Automotive Inc. in annual new-vehicle sales and move it from the fifth-largest dealership group based in the U.S. to the fourth-largest behind No. 3 Penske Automotive Group Inc., No. 2 AutoNation Inc. and No. 1 Lithia Motors Inc.
Kerrigan Advisors, a sell-side firm in Incline Village, Nev., represented Jim Koons Automotive in the deal.
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