CDK Global Inc. has accomplished its sale to funding agency Brookfield Business Partners, the businesses confirmed.
The dealership expertise firm, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., stated in a regulatory submitting that Brookfield’s acquisition of CDK was accomplished Wednesday, with a price ticket of roughly $8.7 billion “without giving effect to related transaction fees and expenses.”
CDK in April stated it agreed to be acquired by Brookfield Business Partners — a unit of worldwide different asset administration agency Brookfield Asset Management’s non-public fairness group — with CDK shareholders receiving $54.87 per share in money. That worth would mirror a 30 p.c premium to CDK’s closing share worth on Feb. 18, which the corporate stated was the final full day of buying and selling earlier than market hypothesis started a couple of attainable sale.
CDK’s inventory not will likely be publicly traded. The firm stated in its regulatory submitting that it notified the Nasdaq trade of the transaction and requested that buying and selling of its inventory be suspended earlier than the market opened Wednesday.
A CDK spokesman confirmed that the deal was ultimate however did not present remark from CDK leaders or make them obtainable for interviews Wednesday. A Brookfield spokesman confirmed the completion of the deal and referred Automotive News to feedback from April when the acquisition was introduced.
Brookfield in April described CDK as enticing for its market management; its recurring, subscription-based income streams; and what it known as “meaningful opportunities” to enhance CDK’s worth.
“We are excited to grow our technology footprint with the acquisition of CDK Global, and we look forward to leveraging our operating capabilities to build on the Company’s track record of providing best-in-class customer service and innovation,” Doug Bayerd, Brookfield Business Partners’ managing director, stated in an announcement on the time.
CDK’s board of administrators, together with firm CEO Brian Krzanich, resigned from their board posts when the transaction was accomplished, in line with the regulatory submitting. It was not instantly clear whether or not Krzanich and different CDK executives would proceed of their roles main the corporate, although the submitting stated “the officers of the Company immediately prior to the Effective Time will remain as officers” post-acquisition.
CDK COO Joe Tautges instructed Automotive News in April that Brookfield shares CDK’s curiosity in expertise innovation.
In an April letter to CDK’s dealership prospects shared in an earlier regulatory submitting, Krzanich and Tautges wrote that “as a private company, we will have greater agility to invest in innovation and pursue our long-term vision to connect our industry at every level and create an open and collaborative future. With Brookfield we will have the support, resources and insights to help accelerate our growth and more importantly to provide you, our customers, with even more innovative products and services to help you better serve your customers today and tomorrow.”
CDK has broadened its product portfolio past its core dealership administration system enterprise, which had 9,181 automotive buyer websites as of Dec. 31, the latest publicly obtainable determine. Its dealership software program instruments embody the Elead buyer relationship administration system, digital retailing supplier Roadster and Salty Dot Inc., an insurance coverage expertise firm that enables customers to purchase auto insurance coverage on the identical time they purchase a automobile.