MTY Food to acquire The Counter, Built Custom Burgers
ONE OF MTY Food Group Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiaries has signed an agreement to acquire all of the limited liability company interests in CB Franchise Systems LLC (The Counter), Built Franchise Systems LLC (Built Custom Burgers) and certain of their affiliates.
Stanley Ma, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of MTY, said: “Since the acquisition of Kahala Brands in July, 2016, MTY has been seeking potential additions to its strong portfolio of brands. The Counter and Built fit that perfectly, offering trendy hamburgers and other craveable foods to uncompromising customers, focusing on superior quality and spot-on execution, creating memorable experiences for its guests.” Transaction and rationale The Counter and Built networks currently combine for 41 franchised locations and three corporate-owned locations. Of those 44 restaurants, 34 are located in the United States, one is located in Canada and nine are located overseas. In the last 12 months, the combined networks generated over $81-million (U.S.) in system sales.
The acquisition of The Counter and Built represents another major milestone for MTY as it solidifies its presence in the United States and confirms MTY’s appetite for good-quality acquisition opportunities.
Following the closing of the transaction, the head office of The Counter and Built will be moved from its current location in Culver City, Calif., to MTY’s office in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Conditions and regulatory approvals
The agreement is binding but remains subject to multiple closing conditions customary for a transaction of this nature. Financing
Total consideration for the transaction will be financed using MTY’s cash on hand and existing credit facilities. Closing of the transaction The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in December, 2017. However, there is no assurance the transaction will be completed on such timeline or at all.
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Murat Armutlu, Stanley Ding Kwok Ma, Dickie Lok Tor Orr, Claude St-Pierre, David Keith Wong
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