Eagers Automotive Limited is the leading automotive retail group in Australia and New Zealand, with a long and proud history of more than 100 years.
Our name was changed to Eagers Automotive Limited from A.P. Eagers Limited in 2020 following our acquisition of the listed Automotive Holdings Group Limited (AHG). This new name better reflects our position in the automotive industry and recent growth, whilst also maintaining a connection to our foundation.
We are a pure automotive retail group representing a diversified portfolio of automotive brands across Australia and New Zealand.
Our core business consists of the ownership and operation of motor vehicle dealerships. We provide full facilities including the sale of new and used vehicles, service, parts and the facilitation of allied consumer finance.
Our operations are typically provided through strategically clustered dealerships, many of which are situated on properties owned by us in high profile, main road locations, with the balance leased by us.
Our main operations are located in Brisbane, regional Queensland, Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, the Newcastle/Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Tasmania and Auckland.
Dividends and EPS Growth
We have paid a dividend to our shareholders every year since we listed on the Australian stock exchange in 1957.
We have a track record of delivering Earnings Per Share (EPS) growth from acquisitions.
Our origins trace back to 1913 when Edward Eager and his son, Frederic, founded their family automotive business, E.G. Eager & Son Ltd, which continues today as one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries.
After establishing the first motor vehicle assembly plant in Queensland in 1922, we secured the distributorship of General Motors products in Queensland and northern New South Wales in 1930 and listed as a public company in 1957 under the name Eagers Holdings Limited.
A merger in 1992 with the listed A.P. Group Limited saw the addition of a number of new franchises and our name change to A.P. Eagers Limited. Further new franchises and geographic diversification followed.
Our acquisition of AHG in 2019 cemented our position as the leading automotive retail group in Australia and New Zealand.
Our sales revenue from continuing operations, which excludes operations during the period either divested or held for sale, has increased from $500 million in 2000 to $8.7 billion in 2020.
Our operations expanded into the Northern Territory with the acquisition of Bridge Toyota in 2005.
2008 saw our expansion into New South Wales with the acquisition of Bill Buckle Auto Group in Sydney’s northern beaches region. Northern Beaches Land Rover and Jaguar were added to the Bill Buckle group in 2013.
In 2010, we acquired the publicly listed Adtrans Group Limited, being South Australia’s premier car retailer and the operator of truck and bus dealerships in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This was our direct entry into South Australia and Victoria.
Caloundra City Autos Group was acquired in Queensland’s growing Sunshine Coast region in 2010.
Eblen Motors was acquired in 2011, Main North and Unley Nissan and Renault were added in 2013, and Reynella Subaru was acquired in 2014, complementing our existing operations in South Australia.
A new business, Precision Automotive Technology, was established in 2013 to source and distribute our own range of car care products.
In 2014, our Queensland operations continued to expand through the acquisition of Ian Boettcher Motors in Ipswich and the Craig Black Group in south-west and central Queensland.
2016 saw further growth with the acquisition of Motors Group Tasmania and the Victorian businesses Silver Star Motors, Mercedes–Benz Ringwood and Waverley Toyota.
Our presence in regional Queensland grew substantially in 2016 with the acquisition of the Crampton Automotive and Tony Ireland Groups, taking us into new geographic territories in Toowoomba, Townsville and Hervey Bay.
In 2018 we completed the acquisition of Toowoomba Motor Group (Mitsubishi and Kia), Metro Nissan (Brisbane) and Southern Vales Nissan (Adelaide).
We acquired a strategic holding in AHG in 2012 which provided indirect exposure to the West Australian market. This investment grew to full ownership of AHG in 2019, bringing significant operations in Perth, Sydney, Newcastle/Hunter Valley, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland.
We are currently in the design phase for our automotive retailing and mobility hub which will be set on over 90,000 m2 of land in Brisbane Airport’s new $300 million Brisbane Auto Mall, with the aim of providing a world-class automotive retailing experience for our customers of the future.