DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (the “Company”), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., today announced its board of directors approved an increase in the authorization of the share repurchase plan for the Company, which expands the remaining availability to $400 million.

“This expansion of our previous authorization reflects the commitment to our disciplined capital allocation approach,” said David Hult, Asbury’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The expanded buyback program gives us confidence in the execution of our strategy and the outlook for our business. With our strong cash flow and balance sheet, we believe we can deliver the best returns for our shareholders over the long-term.”

Year-to-date 2024, the Company had repurchased approximately 281,000 shares for approximately $59 million. The Company had $144 million of remaining availability to repurchase shares of common stock under its existing stock repurchase program and with the increase in authorization by $246 million, the Company now has a total authorization of $400 million.

Under the amended stock repurchase program, the shares of common stock of the Company may be purchased from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or in other manners as permitted by federal securities laws and other legal and contractual requirements. The extent to which the Company repurchases its shares, the number of shares and the timing of any repurchase will depend on such factors as Asbury’s stock price, general economic and market conditions, the potential impact on its capital structure, the expected return on competing uses of capital such as strategic dealership acquisitions and capital investments and other considerations. The new program does not require the Company to repurchase any specific number of shares, and may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time without further notice.

About Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. , a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA, is one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S. In late 2020, Asbury embarked on a multi-year plan to increase revenue and profitability strategically through organic operations, acquisitive growth and innovative technologies, with its guest-centric approach as Asbury’s constant North Star. As of March 31, 2024, Asbury operated 157 new vehicle dealerships, consisting of 206 franchises, representing 31 domestic and foreign brands of vehicles. Asbury also operates Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar, a leading provider of service contracts and other vehicle protection products, and 37 collision repair centers. Asbury offers an extensive range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; parts and service, which includes vehicle repair and maintenance services, replacement parts and collision repair services; and finance and insurance products, including arranging vehicle financing through third parties and aftermarket products, such as extended service contracts, guaranteed asset protection debt cancellation, and prepaid maintenance. Asbury ranks 18th in the 2023 Forbes list of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies. Asbury is recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 by Newsweek as well as one of the Best Companies to Work For in the Retailers industry by U.S. News & World Report.