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NY Auto Forum 2024: Alan Haig | President & Founder, Haig Partners LLC

The New York Auto Forum, hosted by J.D. Power, NADA, and the New York International Show, is an event for automotive industry leaders to discuss the sector’s future. This year’s event features notable speakers, including Alan Haig, who discussed M&A, market conditions, and growth strategies in the industry.

Key Takeaways

1. The automotive industry is currently experiencing a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with a notable number of dealership trades indicating a vibrant market. According to Haig, the market has experienced one of its best years for dealership trades. This trend suggests a healthy and dynamic market where dealerships are highly valued and sought after, providing opportunities for both sellers and buyers.

2. Market conditions, such as supply chain dynamics and consumer demand, impact dealership values and profitability. Recent trends have shown shifts in these dynamics. For example, the post-pandemic period has seen high profitability for dealerships. However, there are indications of a shift, with profits declining as market conditions change.

3. Opportunities for strategic growth and expansion are increasingly evident as partnerships and investments, especially with private equity firms, become more prevalent in the automotive dealership sector. This strategy enables dealership groups to expand without bearing the entire financial risk, indicating a trend toward larger and more capital-intensive dealership operations.

"During the recession, nobody bought or sold a store because they knew they would return. And then when profits peaked, people had a lot of cash to spend, a lot of confidence, and wanted to grow" - Alan Haig.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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