Acquisition of an auto lease company in New York State

Jun. 19. 2006
Marubeni Corporation、Marubeni America Corporation

Marubeni America Corporation (“MAC”) and Marubeni Auto and Construction Machinery America, Inc. (“MACMA”) have purchased an 80% stake in Advantage Funding Management, Inc. (“AF”) for the purchase price of US$6,825,000. AF and its subsidiaries are auto leasing companies based in New York. The current owner-managers of AF continue to maintain a 20% stake in AF.

AF is a middle-sized company focusing on the Northeastern United States, and has the largest market share in New York State of commercial vehicles such as school buses, para-transits, limousines, and livery sedans. The current lease assets held by AF is approximately $80 million.

It is expected that through this acquisition, MAC and MACMA will not only be able to increase AF’s already strong leasing business with respect to commercial vehicles, but also to increase AF’s market share in the area of consumer leases by offering excellent leasing programs to the customers of the auto dealers which MACMA owns.

MACMA, with its Long Island Automotive Group, Inc. (NY) and Gallery Automotive Group, Inc. (MA), sells the cars of Volvo, Land Rover, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Volkswagen, and Mazda. The sales of new and used cars total approximately 10,000 units per year. With the acquisition of AF, MACMA will be in position to maximize its value to customers by offering better financial options than in the past.

It is expected that the already steady trend of car sales in the United States will continue with the population increase by approximately 3 million per year, and that auto lease demands will increase with the abolishment of vicarious liability in New York State. AF is expected to grow to be a leading auto leasing company in the USA, with the synergy with MACMA and supporting resources from Marubeni Group.

Advantage Funding Management Profile

Establishment: 1997
Capital: approx. $1.3 million
Chief Executive Officer: Edward P. Kaye
Business: Auto lease & finance business


Marubeni Auto and Construction Machinery America Profile

Establishment: 1989
Capital: approx. $52 million
(Marubeni Corporation:80%, Marubeni America: 20%)
Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hiramatsu
Business: Auto distribution and management of auto businesses in the USA

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