McGovern Automotive Group buys Stellantis dealership, its fifth acquisition of 2022


The flurry of acquisitions this yr follows McGovern Automotive previous Oct buying a unusual Ferrari-Maserati dealership, shopping for Ferrari-Maserati Long Island in Plainview, N.Y., from Expertise Vehicle Group.

With all its progress, McGovern claimed his team is on observe to make $1.8 billion in once-a-year profits for 2022 and to promote much more than 27,000 new and utilized cars blended this calendar year.
McGovern, 52, explained that immediately after graduating college or university, he labored for an accounting firm that specialized in car dealership perform. He stated he ultimately went to operate for a dealership shopper that was bought to Group 1 Automotive Inc. in 2000. With Group 1, McGovern mentioned he labored as the Northeast region CFO. He still left Team 1 and in 2007 co-established Prime Motor with David Rosenberg and David Abrams of Abrams Funds.

McGovern said he remaining Primary Motor in early 2016, before Prime in 2017 merged with GPB Funds Holdings’ Capstone Automotive Team to develop Prime Automotive Team.

On his personal, McGovern reported he bought his to start with shop in September 2016, a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram shop in Newton, Mass., with some economical assistance from his sister.

“It was a satisfaction to shuffle across the street and get rolling on my individual with a good, terrific management workforce,” McGovern said. “So we swiftly purchased 4 dealerships in quarter 4 of 2016: a different Hyundai retail store, a Honda keep, and I was equipped to invest in our Toyota retail store in December of 2016. And that combination of stores has fueled my expansion in conditions of severe profitability proper from the get-go.”

In mid-2018, McGovern said he additional his very first luxury dealerships, acquiring Audi and BMW in Shrewsbury, Mass., and in June 2020 he extra his 1st Porsche dealership, also on Extended Island.

“It was March of 2020, and I set it under agreement,” he recalled. “I was sending out the $500,000 deposit and my CFO said, ‘What? Are you outrageous? There’s a pandemic heading on.’ And I was like, I’m not outrageous. And I believe on the other aspect of this, it is going to be really, definitely very good.”

The Lundgren retailer allows McGovern have some efficiencies in western Massachusetts, he claimed, and follows the strategic acquisition this 12 months of Dillon Chevrolet to enable with the group’s new municipal division. McGovern reported he aims to offer municipal motor vehicles these types of as police and maintenance automobiles “to cities and towns all about Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and as nicely as possibly the state law enforcement in Massachusetts.”

With the Bill Dube Hyundai acquisition, Scott Dube joined McGovern Automotive as vice president of government and field relations. Dube, who also will continue on to provide on the board of administrators for the Countrywide Car Sellers Association, explained he retained a minority interest in the dealership, but he did not disclose it.

Dube told Automotive Information that he did not want to provide his shop, but observed that “timing’s every little thing.”

“Interest prices are fast expanding, gas selling prices are speedily escalating, inflation is fast escalating,” he stated, including that people adjustments put strain on the spouse and children enterprise.

He mentioned it also was a good time for his spouse and children to minimize threat publicity supplied that “there continues to be uncertainty about inventory.”

He explained that though minimal stock for new motor vehicles has served dealers’ profitability, it really is unclear how extended that will past.

But McGovern sees at the very least a number of excellent a long time forward for car retailers.

“We’re heading to continue to be fairly aggressive,” he said of deals that “make sense. I consider there is certainly a stable one particular to two decades at the very least of really very good automotive periods. So I believe it helps make perception to be bullish nonetheless.”

Woody Woodward and Brian Brown of DCG Acquisitions, a Dave Cantin Team business, handled the McGovern-Lundgren transaction.


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