Press Release (ePRNews.com) - HOUSTON - Sep 23, 2019 - ZT Motors, a portfolio company of Houston-based Private Equity firm, ZT Corporate, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Steve Rayman Chevrolet dealership located in Atlanta, Georgia. This major acquisition will add to the company’s auto dealership portfolio that includes Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota and Mazda dealerships in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
“This is a major win for customers in Atlanta and within the automotive industry,” said Taseer Badar, Chairman and CEO of ZT Corporate. “By leveraging Keith Monnin, president of ZT Motors’, deep experience in growing dealerships with the best brands in the automotive industry, we know that he is going to preserve Steve Rayman Chevrolet’s legacy and also elevate it to new experience that will be unlike any Chevrolet dealership in the Greater Atlanta area.”
The Steve Rayman Chevrolet dealership has been Atlanta’s trusted auto resource center since 1985. They are known for providing an impeccable auto experience and offering the most competitive prices, reliable service and transparent purchase processes.
“Taseer Badar’s well-known passion for cars and Keith Monnin’s wealth of experience leading dealerships to record growth make this an exciting opportunity for the Steve Rayman Chevrolet team,” said Steve Rayman. “We are excited and honored to be part of a regional platform led by people who know and love cars.”
After rapidly growing the Fort Walton Beach dealerships, ZT Motors began seeking opportunities to acquire additional dealerships under the leadership of ZT Motors’ highly-successful automotive management team. ZT Corporate has a practice of retaining leadership talent with roots in the local community when it acquires dealerships.
“Our growth thesis is to create value for our investors, customers and store-level talent by acquiring top performer and cash-flowing dealerships where we can leverage its operating strength to expand the business. The portfolio is on pace to double its EBITDA since its initial acquisition of the Fort Walton Beach, FL dealerships and plans to continue that growth story with the Steve Rayman Chevrolet dealership,” said Sheheryar Shah, Chief Investment Officer of ZT Corporate. This acquisition fits ZT Motors’ growth strategy by adding a classic American brand to its thriving dealership portfolio and by giving the company a strong footprint in a major market, with the overall goal of adding future acquisition targets in the pipeline.
“ZT Motors’ growth story is about our incredible customer service and strategic acquisitions,” said Keith Monnin, PresidentZT Motors. “The Steve Rayman Chevrolet team understands how quality service drives growth, so I’m looking forward to working with them to enhance this business.”
The parties representing the transaction included: Taseer Badar, Chairman and CEO of ZT Corporate; Keith Monnin, President of ZT Motors; Claire Thompson, CFO of ZT Motors, and Sheheryar Shah, COO of ZT Corporate. Legal representation services for ZT Corporate were provided by Monica Hoenshell of the Calvert Law Firm; Anwar Qadeer of Qadeer and Associates; Bob Morris, Broker, Tim Lamb Group; and transaction financing were provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Crowe LLP conducted the financial due diligence of the transaction.
For more information about ZT Corporate, visit www.ztcorporate.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram at @ZTCorporate.
About ZT Corporate
ZT Corporate was established in 1997 and has grown into a full-service wealth management firm that provides specialized financial solutions to its clients through traditional, alternative and private equity investments. ZT Corporate provides investment opportunities in lower middle-market companies, with a primary focus on the healthcare industry. Success in the healthcare portfolio provided ZT Corporate with the strength to diversify its portfolio into new industries, including real estate, sports and entertainment, franchise restaurants, and most recently, the retail automotive industry.
About ZT Motors
ZT Motors was founded in 2015 and has become one of the fastest-growing verticals within ZT Corporate’s portfolio. ZT Motors operates automotive dealerships in Florida and Georgia for BMW, Chevrolet, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. ZT Motors provides the management expertise and capital to grow retail automobile dealerships in the Southeast.
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