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ZT Corporate buys 4 Greenway Automotive stores

ZT Corporate buys 4 Greenway Automotive stores

Wealth management firm ZT Corporate, which owns dealership group ZT Automotive, bought four Alabama stores from Greenway Automotive.

ZT Automotive has expanded to 13 dealerships and officially entered the Alabama market today following a successful acquisition from Florida-based Greenway Automotive group. The acquisition, led by ZT Corporate, includes reputable brands such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT. The dealerships are expected to generate over $195 million in annual revenues.

“ZT Automotive’s growth aligns with our strategic vision to expand our presence across the Southeast and diligently build a portfolio in areas where we’re poised for success,” said Taseer Badar, Chairman and CEO of ZT Corporate and CEO of ZT Automotive. “Our commitment to delivering top-notch service and optimizing operational efficiency has consistently driven revenue growth and enhanced profitability throughout our automotive business. We’re honored to establish new partnerships with esteemed brands like Honda and Nissan, all while maintaining our growth trajectory alongside trusted names such as Toyota and Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT.”

“This acquisition emphasizes our commitment to creating value for our customers, investors and talented team,” said Sheheryar Shah, Chief Investment Officer of ZT Corporate. “We plan to continue acquiring top-quartile and cash-flowing dealerships where we can leverage our operating strength to enhance business operations and profitability. Our automotive portfolio continues to deliver strong returns, and we are confident that the Alabama acquisition will yield similar results.”

The dealerships, three in Florence and one in Tuscumbia, will rebrand to Singing River Toyota, Singing River Honda, Singing River Nissan, and Singing River Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT. This naming choice pays homage to the region’s rich musical and recording studio legacy. A cornerstone of ZT Corporate’s strategy for effectively assimilating acquisitions is the retention of local leadership talent. ZT Automotive successfully operates nine other dealerships in Texas, Florida and Georgia.

“ZT Automotive remains focused on serving our communities, enhancing our operations and building a world-class team that is positioned to lead the way in the automotive industry,” said Zeeshan Shaikh, President and Operating Partner of ZT Automotive. “We are excited to enter the Alabama market with this acquisition and are placing the highest priority on excellent customer service. We are thrilled to welcome the stores’ talented employees to the ZT Automotive family.”

Parties representing the transaction included:

  • Alan Haig of Haig Partners acted as the Seller’s M&A Advisor
  • BMO acted as the lender

About ZT Automotive

ZT Automotive, formerly ZT Motors, was founded in 2015 and has become one of the fastest-growing verticals within ZT Corporate’s portfolio. ZT Automotive operates automotive dealerships in Texas, Florida, Georgia and Alabama for Toyota, BMW, Chevrolet, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GMC, Buick, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT, Honda and Nissan. ZT Automotive was recognized as one of the top 150 auto groups in the nation in 2023.

About ZT Corporate

Established in 1997, ZT Corporate is a Houston-based private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. The firm focuses on healthcare and auto dealerships as core investment verticals. ZT Corporate’s investment team collaborates with its operators to support the day-to-day operations of the firm’s portfolio investments. This close collaboration drives value creation by developing stronger operator-investor relationships, cross-functional expertise, and a deeper understanding of the target industries. Since its founding, ZT Corporate has successfully completed more than 60+ investments, including platform companies and follow-on opportunities with multiple liquidity events for its investors.

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