The Group has also separately acquired a related freehold property for £2.9m and has the option to acquire two additional strategic freehold properties for £24.9m. Motorline is a leading multi-franchise dealer group currently headquartered in Canterbury and operating across Kent, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Bristol, South Wales and the West Midlands.
It represents nine brands through 48 operating franchises including Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA, Nissan, Peugeot, and Maserati. In addition, it operates four Volkswagen Group Trade Parts Specialist (TPS) businesses and five used car centres.
Motorline’s consolidated revenues for the year ending 31 December 2020 were £695.2m with profit before tax of £6.1m (which included a one-off profit on the disposal of freehold property and other one-off items of in aggregate c£4.0m). Motorline’s estimated consolidated shareholder funds at completion are estimated to be c£30m.
Daksh Gupta, Group Chief Executive, commented: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Motorline which is in line with our strategy which includes growing both further scale with existing brand partners and developing scaled relationships with selected new brand partners.
Motorline is an extremely well-respected, long-standing business. The Obee family have overseen a significant expansion of the business in recent years and have invested in a market leading property portfolio. The acquisition has been funded from existing cash resources and is expected to generate attractive financial returns for our Group.
We are delighted to begin new and significant partnerships with Toyota/Lexus and Hyundai. These brands, with a combined market share in the UK of over 11%, have been a target for the Group for some time and the acquisition of Motorline provides immediate scale with each of them. I would like to thank each of them for their support for this acquisition and very much look forward to working with them over the coming years to develop a mutually successful partnership.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our existing brand partners for their continued support for the further growth and development of the Group for which we are extremely grateful. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to welcome our 1500 new Motorline colleagues to the Group. I look forward to meeting you soon and to working with you over the coming years.”