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News   December 6, 2013   by Auto Service World

LKQ Corporation Acquires Keystone Automotive


LKQ Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. (“Keystone”), a leading distributor and marketer of specialty aftermarket equipment and accessories in North America, for $450 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory approvals.

Established in 1971, Keystone has over 1,500 employees with 25 locations serving more than 20,000 specialty retailers and equipment installers throughout North America, offering a broad product line of over 300,000 SKUs from over 800 suppliers. Keystone markets products to serve the following six category segments: truck and off-road; speed and performance; recreational vehicle; towing; wheels, tires and performance handling; and miscellaneous accessories.

“LKQ will become a leading player in the specialty aftermarket equipment and accessories business with this acquisition,” stated Robert Wagman, president and chief executive Officer of LKQ Corporation. “In addition, our addressable market opportunity in North America will be significantly expanded. The entire specialty aftermarket equipment and accessories industry is a highly fragmented$31 billion market, and Keystone’s current product categories represent about $5 billion of the industry.”

LKQ expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in 2014. Keystone’s revenue for 2014 is expected to be approximately $700 million with an EBITDA margin of approximately 10%. These projected results exclude restructuring and acquisition related expenses.

The Company intends to finance the acquisition with borrowings on its revolving credit facility and asset securitization program. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had approximately $1.2 billion available from these sources.


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