Asbury Automotive Group, Inc’s $1 Billion Acquisition Of Park Place Dealerships

Jones Day is advising Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Park Place Dealerships, one of the country’s largest and most prominent luxury dealer groups, for $1 billion in an all-cash transaction, excluding vehicle inventory.

This transaction will increase Asbury’s geographic mix to 36% of revenue derived from the Texas market, and it will transform our overall portfolio to approximately 50% of revenue derived from luxury brands. The luxury segment has historically delivered strong and stable margins that are significantly above those achieved by mid-line import and domestic brands. Luxury stores tend to be more resilient in downturns, and they tend to have higher and more stable margins, fewer dealers nationwide, and a higher portion of gross profit from parts and service.

The operating assets acquired include 17 new vehicle franchises, 15 of which are located in the attractive Dallas/Fort Worth market: 3 Mercedes-Benz, 2 Lexus, 2 Jaguar, 2 Land Rover, 1 Porsche, 1 Volvo, 1 Bentley, 1 Rolls Royce, 1 McLaren, 1 Maserati, 1 Karma, and 1 Sprinter. Included in the 17 franchises is a Jaguar/Land Rover open point in Austin, Texas that is expected to open late in the first quarter of 2020.

The Jones Day team advising Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. is led by Joel May (Picture, Atlanta), James Dougherty (New York), and Ann Bomberger (New York). The press release has more information

Involved fees earner: Ann Bomberger – Jones Day; James Dougherty – Jones Day; Joel May – Jones Day;

Law Firms: Jones Day;

Clients: Asbury Automotive Group Inc;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti