Recently, I have had multiple conversations with a number of very intelligent people about ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and the impact the automotive aftermarket industry. Each of these conversations have been interesting, and while opinions have varied, one thing is certain – the role of technology in the automotive aftermarket is only increasing. Some are very concerned about the impact of ADAS on the automotive aftermarket, and others appear ambivalent about the technology. The more conversations I have, the more I realize that there is much uncertainty on ADAS impact on the automotive aftermarket.
Last week I was in Chicago for NACE Automechanika. NACE is one of the largest trade shows dedicated to the collision, mechanical and automotive service industries in North America. It is a great show to connect with leaders in the industry, and as is normally the case, my day was filled to the brim with[…]
PRESS RELEASE Supplement Announces New Retained Agreement with APEX Automotive Paint Exchange Irvine, CA – August 14, 2017 – Supplement, a strategic and financial advisory firm, announced a new retained engagement with the APEX Automotive Paint Exchange (“APEX”). APEX is a business performance group (i.e. “20 Group”) comprised exclusively of independent multi-location automotive paint distributors.[…]
Acquisitions get a bad rap. Acquisitions are described as risky. Acquiring companies are portrayed as evil raiders and titans. Tales of high stake chest thumping negotiations between power brokers fill our conversations. Stories of lay-offs, firings, law suits and forced relocations ensue. But even with all of the negative, I know that acquisitions are good for business.
With two well-funded private equity backed companies, in addition to the existing large strategic players in the industry, the number and pace of transactions will increase. So too will the competitive dynamics of the industry. Paint distribution is a much smaller in industry than collision repair and will likely consolidate at a pace measured in months, rather than years.
Last week was a busy week for acquisitions in the aftermarket. The Boyd Group acquired the largest collision repairer in Canada, Uni-Select (parent company of FinishMaster) expanded into the UK with the acquisition of The Parts Alliance, and Carl Icahn announced the acquisition of Precision Auto, adding 250 service, lube and carwash locations to his[…]
A common retort to the question of EBITDA multiples is often “multiple of what”. Sometimes people interpret that to infer “multiple of sales, multiple of net, multiple of EBITDA, etc.” But what the question really driving at is “How was EBITDA calculated?” or “What is and is not included in these EBITDA multiples?” Here are a few items that are often missing from EBITDA multiples.
The challenge with EBITDA multiples is they are general in nature, and almost always contain a myriad of assumptions. Furthermore, they can be easily manipulated to suit the party using the multiple. I think Warren Buffett says it best, “People who use EBITDA are either trying to…