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GPB Capital Acquires Majority Stake in Kenny Ross Automotive Group

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July 18, 2017—GPB Capital has acquired a majority stake in Kenny Ross Automotive Group, which operates 10 automotive dealerships in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

GPB Capital purchased the majority ownership as part of a recapitalization of nine of Kenny Ross Automotive Group's dealerships. Terms of the deal, which closed on June 27, 2017, were not disclosed.

"Kenny Ross Automotive Group has a meaningful history and solid reputation in Pittsburgh, and their successful dealerships serve as the ideal platform for us to grow our industry presence in Western Pennsylvania," said Manuel Frederico Vianna, managing partner with GPB Capital. "The franchised auto dealer industry was the largest retail business in the U.S. in 2016, and we are eager to begin working with the Ross family to maximize the potential of these franchises."

"Our family has been privileged to serve our friends and neighbors in Pittsburgh for more than 60 years, and we look forward to working closely with GPB Capital to achieve our long-term goals as we enter the next phase of our growth," said Jimmy Ross, chairman of Kenny Ross Automotive Group. "GPB Capital is a natural partner for us because their team shares our commitment to our customers, our business, and meeting the needs of local customers and families."

Jeff Lash, Brian Marshall, Brian Brown and Stephen Jones of GPB Capital led the transaction on behalf of the firm. The Presidio Group LLC provided M&A advisory services to Kenny Ross Automotive Group through its wholly owned investment bank, Presidio Merchant Partners LLC. Jimmy Ross has led the company his father founded in 1954 through 16 dealership acquisitions, and has accumulated more than 40 years of automotive retail experience in the Pittsburghmarket.

"We look to partner with proven portfolio companies in order to provide capital and management expertise that enable them to achieve the next level of growth and profitability," said David Gentile, founder and CEO of GPB Capital. "We focus on income-producing private equity, and Kenny Ross Automotive Group's proven management team and successful track record are great examples of the key acquisition criteria we look for in every deal that we pursue."

 

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