SEASON 1 | EPISODE 7: An Unconventional Year-End in Automotive M&A || Transactions with Dave Cantin

“If there’s ever been a time to grow, the time is now.”

Today’s episode of Transactions starts with some holiday cheer and jumps quickly to the frenzy of M&A activity happening at the close of the year.

“It’s the unknown,” Dave says, that’s driving the rush to close. We all know factors are favorable in 2021 — from laws and taxes, to interest rates and dealership profits — but nobody knows exactly how things will change in 2022.

Dave and Derek go on to discuss how historic consumer demand continues to snowball into high dealership valuations and increased M&A activity. Plus, Dave explains his predictions that 2022 will be even busier than 2021, especially from the end of Q1 through Q3.

Episode Highlights:   

  • Dave gives us a round-up of several major acquisitions that closed during 10 days in early December.
  • Dave and Derek discuss — How high can valuations continue to grow? How long can companies wait before buying or selling? What is the risk of waiting too long?
  • We get a look at the processes companies use after acquiring multiple dealerships, to streamline the transition to their business model.

Derek D is an actor, comedian, and host with 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Before becoming a host on the DNT podcast, Derek was well known in the automotive industry for hosting the award-winning car news show Fast Lane Daily.

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