Kerrigan Advisors Represents Car Pros Automotive Group in Sale

Written by:
Melanie Webber
mWEBB Communications
August 22, 2018

Carson KIA, the Nation's highest-volume KIA Dealership, sold to Trophy Automotive Dealer Group

Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the U.S., represented and advised Car Pros Automotive Group in their recent sale of Carson KIA, the highest volume KIA dealership in the U.S. since 2016. The buyer is the Southern California-based Trophy Automotive Dealer Group (TADG). Opened in 2017, the dealership's new state-of-the-art facility spans 72,000 square feet, and is a flagship in KIA's national distribution network. This marks the 5th dealership that TADG has purchased in Southern California in recent years.

"This was a very big decision for our family. While we have no intention of leaving the car business, we felt that selling our large KIA store in Carson made sense, both for our family and for the strategic direction of the Group" said Matthew Phillips, CEO of Car Pros Automotive Group and son of the founder and chairman, Ken Phillips. In addition to the Carson store, Car Pros Automotive Group comprises six dealerships in Northwest Washington and Southern California. "I'd like to thank Kerrigan Advisors for smoothly guiding us through this process, with such a high level of professionalism - they truly understand everything a seller goes through and offered sensitivity, a keen understanding of the current (and future) automotive landscape and support every step of the way."

Kerrigan Advisors has represented on the sale of 72 dealerships since July 2015, making it the most active sell-side advisor in the auto retail industry.

"Ken and his family are the top KIA retailers in the United States and have been a huge part of that brand's success on the West Coast - which is also one of the most demanding and cutting-edge automotive markets in the world" said Ryan Kerrigan, Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors. "From the start, in handling this transaction, we focused on that innovative spirit. This is a crown jewel for the KIA brand, and we were proud to be able to offer Carson KIA the representation it deserved."

The Phillips family has retailed more than 100,000 KIAs in the U.S., more than anyone else, ever - an achievement that reflects their generational connection to the brand, and to the West Coast automotive market. "I opened my first dealership in Des Moines, Washington in 1984, based on the ideals of honesty and integrity" said Founder Ken Phillips. "As I look back, for the past 35 years, we've held true to those standards in everything we've done. I am proud to say that our recent transaction was handled in the same fashion. Kerrigan Advisors really helped to provide the expertise we needed to transition our Group toward the next phase of Car Pros automotive retail."

"We were honored to represent the Phillips family on this big transaction" said Erin Kerrigan, Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors. "This is a landmark dealership in the KIA network, and we have enjoyed working with the Phillips family to develop their game plan for the next leg of their group's growth. We congratulate Trophy Automotive Dealer Group on adding Carson KIA to their portfolio of Southern California dealerships."Gus Paras and Bert Rasmussen of Scali Rasmussen served as legal counsel to Car Pros Automotive Group. Aaron Jacoby of Arent Fox served as legal counsel to Trophy Automotive Dealer Group.

About Kerrigan Advisors

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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