Brookfield to Acquire CDK Global Inc.

BROOKFIELD NEWS, April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners (NYSE: BBUC, BBU; TSX: BBUC, BBU.UN), together with institutional partners (collectively “Brookfield”) today announced an agreement to acquire CDK Global Inc. (NASDAQ: CDK) (“CDK Global” or the “Company”) for $54.87 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $8.3 billion.

With annual revenue of $1.7 billion, CDK Global is a leading provider of technology services and software solutions that help automotive dealers and manufacturers run their businesses more efficiently. The Company’s best-in-class dealer management software plays a critical role in connecting every aspect of a dealership’s operations and providing solutions to help these customers grow their businesses.

“CDK Global is a high-quality and highly cash generative technology services and software business with a leading market position and strong fundamentals,” commented Doug Bayerd, Managing Director, Brookfield Business Partners. “We are excited to grow our technology footprint with the acquisition of CDK Global, and we look forward to leveraging our operating capabilities to build on the Company’s track record of providing best-in-class customer service and innovation.”

Investment Highlights

  • Strong market leadership position. CDK Global is the North American leader in providing mission-critical enterprise resource planning solutions and software for automotive dealerships, serving over 15,000 retail locations.

  • Durable business fundamentals. The Company’s subscription-based software model, recurring contracted revenues and low ongoing capital requirements underpin its track record of high margins and strong cash flow generation.

  • Stable industry outlook. Dealerships play a critical role as an efficient distribution and service channel across the entire automotive value chain. CDK Global has strong relationships with customers that operate multiple sites, which positions the Company well to benefit from accelerating consolidation across the dealership industry.

  • Operational value creation potential. We have identified meaningful opportunities to enhance the Company’s services and productivity as a means to improve the value proposition to CDK Global’s customers and grow margins and cash flows.


Brookfield’s investment will be funded with $3.5 billion of equity, of which Brookfield Business Partners expects to invest approximately $500 million. The balance is expected to be funded from institutional partners.

Brookfield Business Partners intends to fund its portion of the investment with a new $500 million commitment from Brookfield Asset Management to subscribe for 6% perpetual preferred equity securities of Brookfield Business Partners. Upon issuance, these new preferred securities would be redeemable at par, at the option of Brookfield Asset Management, to the extent Brookfield Business Partners completes asset sales or equity issuances. Brookfield Asset Management has the ability to waive its redemption option.

Transaction Process

The transaction was approved by the CDK Global Board of Directors.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including a majority of the stockholders of CDK Global tendering their shares into the tender offer conducted in connection with the transaction and regulatory approval. Closing is expected in the third quarter of 2022.


Financing will be led by a syndicate of banks including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, BMO Capital Markets, Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is acting as legal advisor to Brookfield.

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Investor Relations

Alan Fleming
Tel: +1 (416) 645 2736

Sebastien Bouchard
Tel: +1 (416) 943-7937


The tender offer described in this document has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of CDK Global nor is it a substitute for any tender offer materials that Central Merger Sub Inc. (“Merger Sub”), a subsidiary of Brookfield Business Partners, or CDK Global will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). A solicitation and an offer to buy shares of CDK Global will be made only pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that Merger Sub intends to file with the SEC. At the time the tender offer is commenced, Merger Sub will file a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO with the SEC, and CDK Global will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. CDK GLOBAL’S STOCKHOLDERS AND OTHER INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE TENDER OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHICH SHOULD BE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE ANY DECISION IS MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE TENDER OFFER. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be sent to all stockholders of CDK Global at no expense to them. The Tender Offer Statement and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s website at Free copies of these materials and certain other offering documents will be available by directing requests for such materials to the information agent for the offer, which will be named in the Tender Offer Statement. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by CDK Global will be available under the “Investor Relations” section of CDK Global’s website at


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