Group 1 Automotive, Inc. operates in the automotive retail industry. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned and operated 149 franchises, representing 29 brands of automobiles, at 116 dealership locations and 28 collision service centers in the United States of America (U.S.); 25 franchises at 17 dealerships and 6 collision centers in the United Kingdom (U.K.); and 21 franchises at 17 dealerships and 4 collision centers in Brazil. The company, through its dealerships, sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service and insurance contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts. The company’s operations are primarily located in major metropolitan areas in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas in the U.S.; in 16 towns in the U.K.; and in major metropolitan markets in the states of Sao Paulo, Parana, and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. As of December 31, 2014, the company’s U.S. retail network consisted of two regions, such as the East (41 dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and South Carolina) and the West (75 dealerships in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas). In addition, the company had 2 international regions, 1 of which consisted of the 17 dealerships in the U.K. and the other of which consisted of the 17 dealerships in Brazil. Used Vehicle Sales, Retail and Wholesale The company sells used vehicles at each of its franchised dealerships. In 2014, the company sold or leased 109,873 used vehicles at its dealerships, and sold 54,602 used vehicles in wholesale markets. The company’s new vehicle operations provide its used vehicle operations with a large supply of trade-ins and off-lease vehicles, and are the source of used vehicles. Its dealerships supplement their used vehicle inventory with purchases at auctions, including manufacturer-sponsored auctions available to franchised dealers. Parts and Service Sales The company sells replacement parts and provides maintenance and repair services at each of its franchised dealerships, and provides collision repair services at the 38 collision centers that the company operates. The company performs both warranty and non-warranty service work at its dealerships, primarily for the vehicle brand(s) sold at a particular location. The company’s parts and service departments also perform used vehicle reconditioning and new vehicle enhancement services for which they realize a profit when a vehicle is sold to a retail customer. Finance and Insurance Sales The company offers various third-party finance, vehicle service, and insurance products. Financing: The company arranges third-party purchase and lease financing for its customers. In return, the company receives a fee from the third-party finance company upon completion of the financing. These third-party finance companies include manufacturers’ captive finance subsidiaries, selected commercial banks, and various other third-parties, including credit unions and regional auto finance companies. Extended Warranty, Vehicle Service, and Insurance Products: The company offers its customers various vehicle warranty and extended protection products in connection with purchases of new and used vehicles, including extended warranties; maintenance, or vehicle service, products and programs; guaranteed asset protection insurance, which covers the shortfall between a customer’s contract balance and insurance payoff in the event of a total vehicle loss; and lease ‘wear and tear’ insurance. Customers Toyota Motor Credit Corporation; Nissan; Honda; Ford; BMW Financial Services NA, LLC; Volkswagen Finance; Hyundai, Daimler, Chrysler Corporation, and General Motors Corporation U.S.A. dealerships represented approximately 96.7% of the company’s total new vehicle retail units sold in 2014. Business Strategy The company’s business strategy is to sell new and used cars and light trucks; arrange related vehicle financing, service and insurance contracts; provide automotive maintenance and repair services; and sell vehicle parts through an expanding network of franchised dealerships located primarily in growing regions of the U.S., the U.K., and Brazil. The company’s strategy to capture an increasing share of the parts and service work performed by franchised dealerships and improve profitability includes various elements, such as focusing on customer relationships and emphasizing preventative maintenance; selling vehicle service contracts in conjunction with vehicle sales; efficient management of parts inventory; and expansion of collision center operations. Governmental Regulations The company’s U.S. operations are subject to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation, and the rules and regulations of various state motor vehicle regulatory agencies. The company’s U.S. operations are subject to consumer protection laws known as Lemon Laws. Seasonality The company generally experiences higher volumes of vehicle sales and service in the second and third calendar quarters of each year (year ended December 2014) in the U.S., in the first and third quarters in the U.K., and during the third and fourth quarters in Brazil. This seasonality is generally attributable to consumer buying trends and the timing of manufacturer new vehicle model introductions. As a result, the company’s consolidated revenues and operating income are typically lower in the first and fourth quarters and higher in the second and third quarters. The first quarter is generally the weakest in Brazil, driven by heavy consumer vacations and activities associated with Carnival. In addition, in some regions of the U.S., vehicle purchases decline during the winter months due to inclement weather. History Group 1 Automotive, Inc., a Delaware corporation, was founded in 1995.
group 1 automotive inc (GPI:New York)
Houston, TX 77024
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