Asbury agrees to buy Jim Koons group for $1.2 billion in ‘transformative’ acquisition

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Asbury agrees to buy Jim Koons group for $1.2 billion in ‘transformative’ acquisition

Asbury Automotive Group Inc. on Friday said it has agreed to spend $1.2 billion to purchase Jim Koons Automotive Cos. in a deal that would be one of the largest in auto retail history.

The transaction agreement announcement, which will consolidate a top 25 dealership group into the publicly traded Asbury, comes just three days after Asbury said it was in talks to buy the group.

It also comes two years after a boom of megadeals in the auto retail space, including Asbury’s acquisition of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships.

“This acquisition is transformative for our company, enabling Asbury to further expand into one of the country’s top economies in one of its fastest growing regions, with some of the U.S.’ best performing dealerships,” Asbury CEO David Hult said in a statement.

Acquiring Koons would add 20 franchised dealerships, six collision centers and one used-car store to Asbury’s portfolio. The Koons group reported $3.2 billion in revenue in 2022.

Asbury will fund the purchase, expected to close in the fourth quarter or early in the first quarter, using cash, credit and existing liquidity, according to the statement.

The approximate $1.2 billion price tag includes $740 million for the dealerships’ blue sky and about $417 million for the real estate and leasehold improvements. Blue sky is the intangible value of a dealership, including goodwill.

Asbury also will acquire new vehicles, used vehicles, service loaner vehicles, fixed assets, parts and supplies for a purchase price to be determined at closing.

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