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PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/24/2017
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Retail Commercial Truck Dealership Acquisitions.  In April 2016, we acquired the remaining ownership interests of PTG, bringing our total ownership interest from 96% to 100%. Also in April 2016, we acquired five retail commercial truck dealerships, four of which we retained, that represent Freightliner and Western Star in the greater Toronto, Canada market area. In December 2016, we acquired two additional retail commercial truck dealerships that also represent Freightliner in the Niagara Falls, Canada market area. The dealerships acquired in Canada in 2016 represented approximately $170.0 million in annualized revenue.


Japan Investment. In January 2016, we acquired a 49% interest in the Nicole Group, a luxury dealership group with operations in the greater Tokyo area. The Nicole Group operates four BMW and two MINI dealerships, a Rolls-Royce dealership, a Ferrari dealership, and is the exclusive importer and distributor of ALPINA and also operates two ALPINA dealerships. This investment is accounted for under the equity method.


Investment in PTL. In July 2016, we acquired an additional 14.4% ownership interest in PTL, a leading provider of transportation services and supply chain management, from GE Capital for approximately $498.5 million in cash. Prior to this acquisition, we held a 9.0% ownership interest in PTL. PTL is currently owned 41.1% by Penske Corporation, 23.4% by us, 20.0% by Mitsui, and 15.5% by GE Capital. We account for our investment in PTL under the equity method. 


Acquisition of CarSense. In January 2017, we acquired CarSense, a stand-alone specialty retailer of used vehicles in the United States dedicated to reconditioning and retailing high quality, late model used vehicles at no haggle prices through a friendly, comfortable and transparent buying experience. This acquisition is expected to generate approximately $350.0 million in annualized revenue.  CarSense has five locations operating in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market areas, including southern New Jersey.


Acquisition of CarShop. In February 2017, we acquired CarShop, one of the U.K.’s leading retailers of used vehicles. CarShop retails high quality used vehicles at fixed retail prices as part of a transparent customer buying experience. The acquisition is expected to generate approximately $340.0 million in annualized revenue.  CarShop has five large-scale retail locations operating in Cardiff, Swindon, Northampton, Norwich and Doncaster, as well as a vehicle preparation center in Leighton Buzzard.


Issuance of 5.50% Senior Subordinated Notes.  In May 2016,  we issued $500.0 million of 5.50% senior subordinated notes due 2026. We used the proceeds of the 5.50% notes to repay amounts outstanding under our U.S. credit agreement and floor plan credit agreements, leaving us with additional flexibility to continue our acquisition strategy.


Shareholder Dividends and Stock Repurchases. We increased our quarterly stock dividend each quarter in 2016. Our latest declared dividend is $0.30 per share payable March 1, 2017, which represents a dividend yield of 2.2% using our January 31, 2017 closing stock price. We repurchased 4,512,325 shares of our common stock in 2016 for $167.9 million, which, together with the quarterly dividends, represents a return to shareholders of approximately $263.0 million. 


Named “Best Dealerships To Work For”. Thirteen of our dealerships in the U.S. were named by Automotive News as among the 100 “Best Dealerships to Work For” in 2016. In addition, our U.K. dealerships, collectively known as the Sytner Group, were ranked as one of the “Best Big Companies to Work For” in the U.K. by the London Sunday Times. We believe these awards reflect our ongoing commitment to our valuable dealership employees, which enhances customer satisfaction and may result in improved sales over time.




Retail Automotive Dealership. In 2016, U.S. light vehicle sales grew 0.3% to 17.5 million units, with passenger car sales declining 8.9% while sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles increased 7.4%.  We believe the current market for new light vehicle sales in the U.S. will remain near current levels for 2017, as low levels of unemployment, low interest rates, strong credit availability, the age of vehicles on the road, shortened product development timelines and vehicle innovation, strong consumer leasing, and lower consumer fuel costs are expected to continue to positively impact vehicle sales, although actual sales may differ materially. In addition to the new vehicle market, we expect to see strength across