Jim Koons Automotive Companies selling to Georgia’s Asbury Automotive in $1.2B deal

Written by:
Alan Kline
September 8, 2023

Jim Koons Automotive Companies, the D.C. region’s largest auto dealership chain and one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the U.S., is being acquired by Asbury Automotive Group Inc. in Duluth, Georgia, for roughly $1.2 billion in what the buyer is billing as of one the largest retail automotive acquisitions in U.S. history.

Koons operates 20 dealerships in the Washington-Baltimore region, 29 franchises and six collision centers and posted revenue last year of around $3.2 billion. It was one of just 13 privately owned dealer groups in the country last year to top $3 billion in revenue and it is among the nation’s top sellers of Toyota, Stellantis, Ford, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors vehicles, ranking among the top 10 in revenue per dealership.

Kerrigan Advisors represented Koons in the transaction. Stephen Dietrich and Brooke Sizer of Holland & Knight served as Koons’ legal counsel and Baker Tilly provided accounting services. Jones Day and Hill Ward Henderson served as legal counsel to Asbury and FORVIS served as Asbury’s advisory firm.


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