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Group 1 Automotive, Inc.: Group 1 Gets Significantly Bigger in the Northeast With the Acquisition of 30 Prime Dealerships

Consumer Cyclical
Current Price
Fair Value
Economic Moat

Group 1 owns and operates 48 collision centers and 188 automotive dealerships across 242 franchises in the U.S., U.K., and Brazil offering 32 brands of automobiles altogether. U.S. locations are mostly in metropolitan areas in 15 states in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and in California. Revenue in 2020 totaled $10.9 billion. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Houston. The company is scheduled to buy 30 stores in New England from Prime, which was about the 20th largest U.S. auto dealer group and these 30 stores had $1.8 billion of 2020 revenue.

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Analyst Profile

David Whiston

Sector Strategist
David Whiston, CFA, CPA, CFE, is an industrials strategist for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers the automotive industry, including dealerships, parts manufacturers, and automakers. He has covered the automotive industry since joining Morningstar in 2007.Before Morningstar, Whiston spent four years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York real estate audit practice and one year in its Chicago office working on real estate acquisition due diligence.Whiston holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Richmond. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance, economics, and organizational behavior from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. In 2012, he ranked first in the specialty retailers and services industry in The Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” analysts survey. He ranked first in the same industry in 2011.