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Cox Enterprises acquires 25 per cent stake in AutoTrader Group

Cox Enterprises has acquired Providence Equity's 25 per cent equity interest in AutoTrader Group.

Cox now holds a 98 per cent stake in AutoTrader Group, with the remainder being held by current and former employees.  
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 
"With more than 32 million monthly visitors to our industry-leading sites and, AutoTrader Group continues to grow as a trusted and valued online automotive resource for customers across the nation. Our portfolio of media advertising and software products serves more than 27,000 dealer relationships, and we are confident we will continue to lead the way in connecting automotive dealers with the car-buying public," says Cox Enterprises' president and chief executive John Dyer. "We have greatly appreciated Providence's strong contributions to the company's exceptional performance as a partner in this growth."
Providence Equity acquired a 25 per cent stake in AutoTrader in 2010 to help accelerate the company's growth. Since that time, AutoTrader acquired Haystak Digital Marketing, HomeNet Automotive, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and VinSolutions. The collective companies now constitute AutoTrader Group.
"We are extremely gratified to have partnered with Cox and the AutoTrader team," says Providence's managing director Michael Dominguez. "Through strategic acquisitions and the introduction of dealer software solutions, they have advanced the original vision of the company and created a game changer.  AutoTrader has redefined the online auto marketplace and the entire auto shopping experience for the better."

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