INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Fuccillo Automotive Group has sold its Fuccillo Nissan of Clearwater to Morgan Auto Group, according to Kerrigan Advisors, which represented and advised Fuccillo.
This is the fifth Florida dealership sold by Kerrigan on behalf of Fuccillo since December 2019. The transaction is the 121st dealership sale that Kerrigan has led since 2015 and its ninth in the past 28 months.
Morgan Auto Group, meantime, has 46 stores throughout the Tampa, Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers, Brandon, New Port Richey and Orlando markets of Florida.
“This was a match that just made sense. Our goal was to make sure that Nissan of Clearwater continued to serve the community with the highest of standards, and Morgan Auto Group’s deep roots in Florida, and superlative record, should ensure just that,” Fuccillo Automotive Group president Billy Fuccillo Jr. said in a news release. “Once again, Kerrigan Advisors demonstrated their strategic expertise and comprehensive knowledge of our market with another seamless transaction.”
Kerrigan Advisors vice president Gabe Robleto said in the release: “From our prior work with the Fuccillo group, we knew the importance of the relationship between the Fuccillos and the Florida communities they serve, as well as the significance of their legacy in the state. We are proud to have had the opportunity to preserve that legacy as we shepherded the group through another successful transaction in today’s dynamic auto retail buy/sell market.”
Kerrigan Advisors managing director Ryan Kerrigan said: “The Florida auto retail market is incredible, and certainly among the best in the United States. As evidenced by this transaction, all franchises in Florida can generate significant profits, strong buyer demand and, ultimately, high valuations.
“It has been our pleasure to work with the Fuccillo family over the last several years to monetize their decades of hard work. Working with dealer families, and helping them make generational planning and legacy decisions, is one of the most fulfilling parts of our work at Kerrigan Advisors. We have been honored to do this for the Fuccillo family.”
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.