AutoNation to Acquire 16 Stores Representing Over $600 Million in Annual Revenue

- Acquisition of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen franchises in the Southeast United States

- Acquisition of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Volkswagen franchises in the Baltimore, Maryland market

Aug 18, 2015, 08:00 ET from AutoNation, Inc.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that it has signed agreements to acquire 13 stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee from Carl Gregory Enterprises and 3 stores in the Baltimore, Maryland market from Valley Motors Auto Group representing over $600 million in combined annual revenue. 

The franchises to be acquired in the Southeast include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen. In 2014, the Carl Gregory stores retailed approximately 16,750 new and used vehicles. The franchises to be acquired from Valley Motors Auto Group include Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Volkswagen. The Valley Motors Auto Group stores retailed approximately 2,900 new and used vehicles in 2014. Once these transactions are completed, AutoNation's total franchise count will be 327 franchises, an increase of 34 franchises. The transactions are subject to customary terms and conditions, including manufacturer approval, and are expected to close later this year.

Mike Jackson, AutoNation's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to add 13 stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee and 3 stores in the Baltimore, MD / Washington, D.C. market and bring AutoNation's store count to 253 from Coast to Coast." 

Mr. Jackson added, "We continue to seek acquisitions to leverage our scale, expand the AutoNation brand and provide a peerless experience to more customers."

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership. We deliver a peerless automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes. Currently owning and operating 293 new vehicle franchises, which sell 35 new vehicle brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer. As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index.

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