EDMONTON, March 28, 2018 /CNW/ - AutoCanada (TSX:ACQ) (or the "Company") today announced that the outstanding balance of approximately $18.4 million of the participatory loans extended to PPH Holdings Ltd. ("PPH") will be repaid in full, as of March 31, 2018. These loans will be terminated and any associated royalties and fees that are payable by PPH to the Company under the terms and conditions of the loans will also cease as of the same date.
Proceeds from the repayment will be applied to the Company's recent acquisition of the Grossinger Auto Group in Illinois. That acquisition added US$401 million (C$513 million) in revenue from dealerships representing 11 different manufacturers, including four new brands, to the AutoCanada portfolio. It included eight metro dealerships in Chicagoland as well as six luxury and premium brands in an auto mall under one roof in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois.
PPH is a company controlled by Mr. Patrick Priestner, AutoCanada's former CEO and founder. Subsequent to repayment, the Company will no longer have any investments in Mr. Priestner's dealership companies.
AutoCanada is Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership group by volume, currently operating 54 franchised dealerships, comprised of 62 franchises, in eight provinces and has over 3,500 employees. AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, BMW and MINI branded vehicles. In 2017, the Company's dealerships sold approximately 63,000 vehicles and processed approximately 870,000 service and collision repair orders in our 999 service bays generating revenue in excess of C$3 billion.
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