Motor Depot announces bumper profits for 2021 in year that included takeover by Stellantis-owned firm

  • owner Motor Depot announces increased profit and revenue figures for 2021
  • Directors say they consider the results to be ‘good’ and are expecting further growth
  • Year saw the firm sell a 60 per cent stake to Stellantis-owned Aramis Group

Time 10:10 am, July 4, 2022

Used car firm Motor Depot has announced bumper profits for 2021 in a busy year that included a change of ownership.

The Yorkshire-based outfit sold a majority share to to the Stellantis-owned Aramis Group in March of last year, although few details were announced at the time.

New accounts, published via Companies House, have shed more light on the deal however, with the French firm buying a 60 per cent stake.

A ‘cross-option agreement’ is also in place with the remaining minority shareholders, meaning Aramis will eventually own 100 per cent of the company.

The deal saw Aramis co-founders Nicolas Chartier and Guillaume Paoli appointed as directors of Motor Depot.

As a result of the takeover, the reporting period of the accounts was extended by a month to be in line with its new parent company and cover the 13 months to September 30, 2021.

The period saw Motor Depot increase its turnover by 16.6 per cent to £263.6m compared with £226m in 2020.

Of that revenue, £251.6m was generated through sales, while commissions made £8.2m. Meanwhile, £3.8m was brought in through services.

The company’s pre-tax profit also rose from £5.65m in 2020 to £5.95m in 2021.

The figures were assisted by £888,169 in furlough cash, which came from the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The figure is down on the £1.8m claimed by the firm in 2020.

A statement signed off by directors in the accounts said: ‘Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the period, and the associated government lockdowns, the company delivered a robust performance, showing strong growth year on year.

‘The results demonstrate the resilience and strength of the business, and the senior leadership team’s ability to make agile and sensible trading decisions.

‘The company continues to trade profitably in a very competitive motor trade. The directors consider the results for the year to be good and they expect trade to continue to grow.’

Hull-based Motor Depot Ltd was founded in 2001 by Phil Wilkinson, who has retained a stake in the company following the takeover.

The firm is the holding company of and and has 12 customer centres, the newest of which opened in Lincoln last year.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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