About Jay Leasing Inc
Group 1 Automotive is the third largest of a group of new and used car retailers (behind #1
Group 1 Automotive's operations include five core business segments: New Vehicles (around 55% of sales), Used Vehicles (25%), Parts & Service (10%), Used Vehicles wholesale (5%), and Finance & Insurance (5%). In the UK the auto dealer operates through its subsidiary Group 1 Automotive UK Ltd.
The auto dealer rings up about 80% of its sales in the US; the remainder comes from the UK (15%) and Brazil (5%). More than half of Group 1's dealerships are located in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. In the UK, Group 1 Automotive has about 40 franchises, 30 dealerships and nearly 10 collision centers; and in Brazil, nearly 25 franchises, 20 dealerships, and one collision center.
The company's US operations are located primarily major metropolitan areas. It is present 20 towns and cities in the UK, and has a presence in Brazil in key metropolitan areas in the states of Sao Paulo, Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul.
Group 1's recent strong revenue growth continued in fiscal 2016, albeit at a slower pace than previously, increasing 2% to $10.9 billion. Growth in the UK new car market relating to acquisitions and overall market strength was partially offset by new car declines in the US and Brazil. Weakness in the US was concentrated in Group 1's significant Houston market as the oil city's workers have reduced their spending as the industry-wide squeeze continued. Used car sales rose 5% due to good performance in the US and UK. The Parts & Services business also grew.
Net income ticked up 56% to $147 million due mostly to higher net sales.
Cash from operations climbed 172% to $384.9 million due to higher net income, and an increase in accounts payable and inventories.
Group 1 is looking to capitalize on growth opportunities in the UK (where it already has an established presence) and in Brazil, a relatively new market for the company. It acquired 12 dealerships and opened two additional dealerships in the UK in fiscal 2016. The company's strategy also includes growing its higher margin parts and services business, growing its share of the new and used vehicle market, taking advantage of its size to boost efficiency, and continuing to make strategic acquisitions. In recent years Group 1 has seen import and luxury brands account for an increased share of its business.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2019, Group 1 expanded its presence in the New Mexico market with the acquisition of two BMW/MINI dealerships in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The deal also includes BMW Motorrad franchises in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, making Group 1 the exclusive seller of BMW Motorcycles in New Mexico.
In 2016, Group 1 acquired London-based Spire Automotive Group's twelve dealerships, including four Audi dealerships and three BMW/MINI dealerships, which will continue to use the Spire brand name. The acquired dealerships are expected to bring in approximately $575 million per year. The acquisition could also further Group 1's relationships with BMW and the Volkswagen Group in the UK.
1661 WHITTLESEY RD
Columbus, GA 31904-3645
Phone: 1 (706) 324-1234
Employer Type: Privately Owned
Employees (This Location): 2
Employees (All Locations): 5