Mergers and Acquisitions

Bosch says automotive sales rose 9% in 2014

Jan. 30, 2015 11:30 CET
Bosch said revenue at its automotive division rose 9 percent to 33.3 billion euros ($37.7 billion) last year, boosted by growth in sales of car safety, fuel-saving technology and infotainment systems. The supplier also said it is looking at acquisitions for its non-automotive businesses to reduce dependence on the car industry.... Read More »

 

Group 1 and Prestige settle Fla. buy-sell dispute

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
A dispute between Prestige Motor Car Imports and Group 1 Automotive over a buy-sell deal in Florida gone wrong is settled and the deal is back on -- for now, both sides said.... Read More »

 

Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment.... Read More »

 

TI Automotive to be acquired by Bain for $2.4 billion, report says

8:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Global fuel systems supplier TI Automotive, after months of wrangling and speculation, said today it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital LLC. The deal is valued at $2.4 billion, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Soros is ready to move on auto dealerships

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Wall Street powerhouse Soros Fund Management is ready to move on a deal to acquire auto dealerships, a representative of the fund said at a private dinner Saturday in San Francisco, according to two sources who attended the event. Soros is prepared to invest as much as $1 billion on dealerships, one of the sources said.... Read More »

 

Dana sells Venezuelan unit amid exchange rate trouble

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
As Venezuela’s automotive industry continues to falter amid exchange rate problems, powertrain supplier Dana Holding today said that it has sold its Venezuelan unit, CA Danaven.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Be bold, spend big -- and don't go overboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers, automakers and suppliers enter the new year on an investment kick.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

A new Gold Rush sweeps over California

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Like Warren Buffett and George Soros, so-called hybrid buyers -- private equity funds and super-wealthy families and combinations of the two -- are on the hunt for dealership deals. This new category of dealership buyer could turn out to be as transformational as the six public groups that rolled up a significant part of the industry almost 20 years ago.... Read More »

 

AMY WILSON

How to get a deal done

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
One of the reasons it might be a great time to sell your dealership? Some of the private equity groups scouting auto retail are so eager to put their investors' money to work, they'll overpay, says Tim York, managing partner of accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman.... Read More »

 

George Soros' Wall Street fund shops for dealership groups

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Wall Street fund Soros Fund Management wants to partner in, invest in or outright buy a large auto dealership group, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Two representatives of Soros Fund Management are at the NADA convention in San Francisco this weekend to research the industry and explore opportunities, sources say.... Read More »

 

EU regulators to rule on ZF's bid for TRW by Feb. 26

Jan. 23, 2015 15:09 CET
EU antitrust authorities will decide by Feb. 26 whether to approve German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for U.S. rival TRW Automotive.... Read More »

 

Chinese aerospace firm pursues acquisition of U.S. supplier Henniges, report says

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
AVIC, China's biggest aerospace company, is among bidders pursuing an acquisition of US auto supplier Henniges Automotive Holdings, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. AVIC could pay $1 billion for the acquisition, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

 

Paperwork error on GM loan will cost JPMorgan $1.5 billion, U.S. court rules

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
A 2008 paperwork error in a loan agreement with General Motors, before the automaker went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will cost JPMorgan Chase $1.5 billion, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

 

GM’s Treasury bailout records shouldn’t be secret, U.S. judge told

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
The Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler shifts 34% Continental stake off balance sheet

Jan. 21, 2015 10:58 CET
Schaeffler says a 34 percent stake in rival Continental has been shifted off the books in a move toward a possible stock market listing. Schaeffler borrowed heavily to buy Continental in 2008 in a deal that unraveled during the financial crisis.... Read More »

 

Obama seeks authority to negotiate major trade deals

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
In his penultimate State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed to seek congressional authority to negotiate big ticket trade deals with European and Asian nations that could have significant implications for the auto industry, but have been stalled.... Read More »

 

Four former Chrysler dealers could reopen under U.S. appeals court ruling

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
One Las Vegas dealership and three former Detroit area dealerships -- Livonia Chrysler Jeep, Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep and Village Chrysler Jeep -- could get a chance to reopen more than five years after a Chrysler Group LLC decision to close them, according to a federal appeals court ruling.... Read More »

 

TI Automotive, Bain near deal a year after failed effort, report says

9:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
TI Automotive, the auto fuel-systems maker that came close to a deal with Bain Capital Partners LLC last year, is again near an agreement to sell itself to the private equity firm, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Marchionne sees industry consolidation as a given

9:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said further mergers in the automotive industry are inevitable, and questioned the way safety regulators are exercising their powers.... Read More »

 

Toyota welcomes Buffett to car business with Hollywood burgers

7:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When billionaire investor Warren Buffett became the newest entrant in the auto-dealership business last year, Toyota rolled out the red carpet. The world’s largest carmaker welcomed Buffett within weeks after his Berkshire Hathaway agreed to acquire Van Tuyl Group, the largest privately held US auto dealer group.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

ZF CEO tells TRW staffers that jobs are safe

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings by Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG has many in metro Detroit afraid. But ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said at the Detroit auto show that those worries are for naught.... Read More »

 

Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls.... Read More »

 

Obama touts auto bailout success; Michigan worries about trade

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
President Barack Obama, on a trip to unveil elements of his State of the Union address, took a victory lap in Michigan on Wednesday to tout his support of the auto industry, but concerns about trade policies hung in the background of his tour.... Read More »

 

Visteon names two new board members

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Visteon named two new members to its board amid a flurry of merger and acquisition activity at the supplier in recent months.... Read More »

 

Lear completes acquisition of automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa

10:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Seating and electronics supplier Lear has closed on its $850 million acquisition of automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa LLC.... Read More »

 

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