YUM: What Concept Could Yum Acquire Next?

By Ryan D. Lavender Published on March 9, 2021 at 4:55 PM

On January 6, 2020, Yum Brands announced its plan to acquire The Habit Burger Grill, which as of full-year 2019 was the 17th-largest burger concept in the U.S. (in terms of domestic systemwide sales, at $450+ million), and in the top 100 overall. The Habit Burger Grill is meaningfully smaller than Yum’s core brands of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. As such, the acquisition of Habit (which closed on March 18, 2020) suggests that: (1) Yum Brands may be generally acquisitive in the future (incidentally, in keeping with current general industry trends), and (2) it isn’t hesitant to make an acquisition that it believes will create shareholder value in the long term, even if the size of that acquisition isn’t all that large relative to its core brands today.

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Restaurants: Roark Capital Raising $5 Billion; What Could it Acquire Next?

By Ryan D. Lavender Published on January 31, 2021 at 3:10 PM

In a document dated January 28th filed with the SEC, privately-held Roark Capital indicates that it plans to raise $5 billion for its latest fund, Roark Capital Partners VI (T) LP. Roark already owns 20+ restaurant concepts, and that excludes its strategic investment in The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE; Neutral, $44.97). What restaurant concept or concepts might Roark acquire next?

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DNKN Dropping Coverage as Acquisition Closes

By Mark Kalinowski Published on December 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM

With this report, we drop coverage of Dunkin’ Brands Group (former ticker symbol DNKN) as its acquisition by privately-held Inspire Brands closed earlier today. Our former rating, EPS estimates, same-store sales forecasts, and other projections/ opinions should no longer be relied upon. (We drop all of our prior EPS estimates and target price with this report.)

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