HOUSTON, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: GPI) (“Group 1” or the “Company”), an international, Fortune 300 automotive retailer with 201 dealerships located in the U.S. and U.K., today announced the acquisition of Charles Maund Toyota in Austin, Texas. The dealership, which will be renamed Toyota of North Austin, is ranked in the top 20 nationally in Toyota new vehicle volume, and adds to the Company’s strong portfolio of 13 franchises in the fast-growing Central Texas market area consisting of Austin and San Antonio. This dealership is expected to generate $435 million in annual revenues and represents the 16th Toyota store in the Company’s U.S. portfolio.
“We are pleased to welcome the team at Toyota of North Austin to the Group 1 family. The Austin market is leading the way as a home for numerous large companies which have been relocating to Texas in recent years. The Austin metro market has grown by more than 30 percent and added over 500,000 residents to become the nation’s fastest growing large metro area from 2010 to 2020,” said Earl J. Hesterberg, Group 1’s President and CEO.
Hesterberg added, “The combination of the Toyota brand and the Austin market represents a positive growth opportunity for Group 1. Additionally, our current financial position allows us to continue to return capital to shareholders, as evidenced by our year-to-date repurchase of 390,201 shares at an average price of $177.53, for a total of $69.3 million, which represents over 2 percent of our beginning of the year outstanding share count.”
ABOUT GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
Group 1 owns and operates 201 automotive dealerships, 267 franchises, and 46 collision centers in the United States and the United Kingdom that offer 34 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships, the Company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts.
Group 1 discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations at www.group1corp.com, www.group1auto.com, www.group1collision.com, www.acceleride.com, www.facebook.com/group1auto, and www.twitter.com/group1auto.
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