The valuation of an auto dealership can be a challenging and complicated process. The structure of most auto dealerships consists of an entity holding the actual dealership operations and a separate entity owning the real estate and building. Often the latter is a related party entity that charges the dealership rent for use of the land and building. Occasionally, the real estate and the dealership operations are contained in the same entity.
We are all used to the local dealership in our town: Bill Jones Honda, Steve Smith Chevrolet. But what about the larger auto groups that have multiple franchises organized in the same entity? How are they valued and what special valuation considerations apply to them?
Q3 Climate for Blue Sky Multiples, Transaction Activity, and Other Trends
In the last few weeks, Haig Partners and Kerrigan Advisors have released their Third Quarter Blue Sky Reports and J.D. Power just released its U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index. We find these reports to be timely and informative of not only where the auto dealer industry is today, but where it is headed. Through observing all of these different sources, we can achieve a well-rounded understanding of the climate surrounding the auto dealership industry. In this post, we look at a few of the trends and key takeaways discussed in these reports.
In this post, we review Haig’s Q2 report on trends in auto retail and their impact on dealership values. We’ll also look at how Blue Sky multiples have rebounded after declines in Q1. While most brands saw a partial recovery, a return to pre-COVID multiples was largely reserved for brands with the highest multiples in their category (luxury, mid-line import, and domestic).