SOURCE: Group 1 Automotive Inc.

Group 1 Automotive Inc.

October 19, 2009 09:05 ET

Group 1 Automotive Sells Two Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Dealerships in Texas

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) -  Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: GPI), a Fortune 500 automotive retailer, today announced that it sold its Maxwell Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealerships in Taylor, and Austin, Texas. The two stores generated $62.1 million in trailing-12-month revenues.

The company continues to own six Chrysler-branded dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma and California.

Group 1 also noted that the above-mentioned transaction will not materially affect its previously-announced $120 million cost reduction plan.

About Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Group 1 owns and operates 96 automotive dealerships, 128 franchises, and 23 collision service centers in the United States and the United Kingdom that offer 31 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships, the company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related financing, vehicle service and insurance contracts; provides maintenance and repair services; and sells replacement parts.

Group 1 Automotive can be reached on the Internet at www.group1auto.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," which are statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, the forward-looking statements often include statements regarding our goals, plans, projections and guidance regarding our financial position, results of operations, market position, pending and potential future acquisitions and business strategy, and often contain words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks" or "will." Any such forward-looking statements are not assurances of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, (a) general economic and business conditions, (b) the level of manufacturer incentives, (c) the future regulatory environment, (d) our ability to obtain an inventory of desirable new and used vehicles, (e) our relationship with our automobile manufacturers and the willingness of manufacturers to approve future acquisitions, (f) our cost of financing and the availability of credit for consumers, (g) our ability to complete acquisitions and dispositions and the risks associated therewith, (h) foreign exchange controls and currency fluctuations, and (i) our ability to retain key personnel. These factors, as well as additional factors that could affect our forward-looking statements, are described in our Form 10-K under the headings "Business -- Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." We urge you to carefully consider this information. We undertake no duty to update our forward-looking statements, including our earnings outlook.

Contact Information

  • AT GROUP 1:
    President and CEO
    Earl J. Hesterberg
    (713) 647-5700

    Senior Vice President and CFO
    John C. Rickel
    (713) 647-5700

    Manager, Investor Relations
    Kim Paper Canning
    (713) 647-5700

    AT Fleishman-Hillard:
    Investors
    John Roper
    (713) 513-9505

    AT Pierpont Communications:
    Media
    Clint L. Woods
    (713) 627-2223