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Franchise Industry Mergers & Acquisitions

New deals are being negotiated and inked every day. Don't miss the news on any deal, whether it's a strategic franchise company merger or an acquisition by a high-rolling private equity firm. Get the scoop on who's buying and who's selling, gain critical insight into trends, and hone in on the opportunities as franchising continues to shake out and adjust to the new economic reality.

Aaron's, Inc. Acquires Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC, A Leading Virtual Lease-To-Own Company »

April 15, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Provides Important Expansion into Virtual Rent-to-Own Market
Accelerates Revenue and Earnings Growth by Providing Complementary Strategic Channel and Enhancing Aaron's Customer Payment Capabilities
John Robinson, CEO of Progressive, to Join Aaron's as EVP of Aaron's and CEO of Progressive
Transaction Will Be Double-Digit Accretive to Cash EPS in 2014 and Significantly More Accretive in 2015

ATLANTA and DRAPER, Utah - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has acquired Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), a merchandise lease-to-own company from Summit Partners, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $700 million...

Medifast Announces Medix Expansion In Latin America »

March 31, 2014 at 9:42AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
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Latin American Strategic Partner, Medix, Grows with the Acquisition of 13 Prominent Weight Management Clinics in Mexico City
March 25, 2014 // // OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, announced today that Medix, a Medifast strategic partner and leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor in Latin America, acquired 13 Slim Centers in Mexico City.
Slim Centers, a prominent weight management chain in Mexico City, has a 30-year heritage in the weight loss industry. This acquisition by Medix expands the distribution of Medifast weight management products in Mexico City...

Newk's Eatery Brand Receives Investment Capital To Grow The Brand »

March 26, 2014 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Newk's Express Cafe

Sentinel Capital Partners Assumes Ownership Interest
JACKSON, Miss. - March 26, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Newk's Holding Company today announced that Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, has made a significant capital investment in the Newk's Eatery fast-casual restaurant brand and assumed ownership interest in the company. Newk's Holding Company, with 67 franchised and company-owned restaurants across 13 states, is scheduled to open 15 locations this year and reach 200 total restaurants by 2019, a goal that will further bolster the company's position among Technomic's 50 top fast-casual chain restaurants nationwide.
"Newk's Eatery is growing into a top-performing middle market franchise restaurant brand," said James Coady, a Sentinel partner...

Red Robin Announces Acquisition Of Four Franchised Restaurants In New York State »

March 25, 2014 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., has acquired four existing Red Robin® franchised restaurants in the Upstate and Mid-Hudson areas of New York, from Swan Concepts Inc.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
"We are pleased to have been able to acquire the four established franchised Red Robin restaurants in New York State in the area we anticipate to have continued growth," said Steve Carley, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. chief executive officer. "With the acquisition, Red Robin now owns and operates 12 restaurants in New York State with an additional restaurant under construction in West Babylon, N...

U-Swirl, Inc. Acquires Beverage And "Gummies" Company »

March 11, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: U-SWIRL

Consumer Products Company to Service Existing Franchisees and Retailers
HENDERSON, NV - (Marketwired - Mar 11, 2014) - U-Swirl, Inc. (OTCQB: SWRL) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Moxie Consumer Products, LLC, which was created for the purpose of selling beverages, toppings, and other consumer products, has acquired the business assets of Moxie USA, LLC. The acquisition of all intellectual property and worldwide license rights includes the rights associated with national, regional, and local distributors that are currently purchasing beverage and candy products for sale across more than 15 States. U-Swirl purchased the Moxie USA, LLC assets for an earn-out of up to a total of 250,000 shares of SWRL common stock over a two-year period, based upon Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) generated by the acquired assets...

ERA Real Estate Announces The Affiliation Of Shorewood Realtors In Los Angeles County »

March 10, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: ERA

Firm to Retain Storied Brand Name and Operate Under ERA Powered® Program
MADISON, N.J. - March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader, today announced that LBH National Corp., owned by Roger Herman, has acquired Shorewood Realtors, a market leader in Los Angeles County's South Bay region. The firm will continue to serve Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Palos Verdes, El Segundo and Redondo Beach. Herman is also the owner of ERA Herman Group Real Estate, which operates in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colo.; Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Fla.; and Las Vegas.
With nine offices and 250 agents, Shorewood Realtors accounted for $1.7 billion in sales volume in 2013. The company was ranked among the top 100 companies nationwide in the 2013 REAL Trends 500 report, which was based on 2012 sales data...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Acquires 13 Repair Centers In Charlotte, NC »

March 10, 2014 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

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March 10, 2014 // // MINNEAPOLIS, MN – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company and one of the country's top multi shop repair operators, announced the purchase of all 13 Wilburn Auto Body repair centers in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With today's transaction, ABRA's portfolio now includes 145 company-owned locations and 48 independently-owned franchises for a total of 193 collision repair centers in 17 states.
"We are bringing two companies together that have demonstrated innovation and leadership in the collision repair industry for decades," said Duane Rouse, ABRA's president and chief executive officer...

American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. Discusses Wing Nutz Transaction »

March 03, 2014 at 8:00AM PST | Source: Dick's Wings & Grill

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), operator and franchisor of the award-winning Dick's Wings & Grill® restaurants, provided additional information about its recent acquisition of a 50% interest in Wing Nutz®.
As previously reported, the Company acquired a 50% ownership interest in Paradise on Wings Franchise Group, LLC, which is the franchisor of the Wing Nutz restaurants and owner of the Wing Nutz intellectual property. As the franchisor of Wing Nutz, Paradise on Wings receives royalties on all revenue generated by the Wing Nutz franchisees, and receives a franchisee fee each time an agreement is entered for the opening of a new Wing Nutz restaurant. Because Paradise on Wings incurs minimal expenses, it is very profitable, with virtually all of its revenue flowing through to net income...

USTA Southern California Section Acquires TGA Premier Youth Tennis Franchise To Grow Tennis In Schools »

February 26, 2014 at 4:11AM PST | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Unprecedented Move Creates Business Model to Increase Participation
February 26, 2014 // // Los Angeles, CA –The Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) has acquired a TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) franchise and created a unique collaboration to grow the sport. The SCTA will implement TGA’s school-based activation model in the San Fernando Valley, and is the first United States Tennis Association (USTA) section to invest in TGA’s self-sustaining business.
"Schools are the sources of new youth players for the tennis pipeline. I believe that partnering with TGA Premier Youth Tennis creates the best opportunity to consistently introduce tennis to elementary and middle school students and parents via a successful market-proven model...

Driven Brands, Inc. Acquires Merlin 200,000 Miles »

February 25, 2014 at 8:05AM PST | Source: Driven Brands

Acquisition Complements Current Brand Portfolio
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Driven Brands, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of St. Charles-based Merlin 200,000 Mile, an automotive aftermarket franchise business. Merlin operates primarily in the suburbs of Chicago and adds 49 locations in four states to the Driven Brands portfolio. The acquisition will allow Driven to expand its presence in this important market.
"At Driven, we are committed to growing our presence through acquisitions of other brands or independents which can accelerate our exposure and growth," said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, president and chief executive officer, Driven Brands. "Merlin has a compelling business model and outstanding unit economics...

Fresh Healthy Vending Enters Into Non-Binding Term Sheet To Acquire Micro-Markets Division From Corporate Refreshment Services, LLC »

February 24, 2014 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

SAN DIEGO - February 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets:VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, announced today that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet for the acquisition of an integrated micro-market platform and all existing micro-market assets and operations from Corporate Refreshment Services, LLC (CRS). The assets purchase will include all micro-market operations and assets belonging to CRS including, but not limited to, all micro-market locations, inventories, accounts receivable, software, systems and intellectual property.
Upon closing of this proposed purchase, Fresh Healthy Vending plans to rapidly increase the number of company-owned micro-markets in the San Diego area...

U-Swirl, Inc. Acquires Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt, Expanding Store Network By 6% »

February 20, 2014 at 9:13AM PST | Source: U-SWIRL

Company Announces $1.5 Million Reduction in Debt Owed to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc.
HENDERSON, NV - (Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) - U-Swirl, Inc. (OTCQB: SWRL) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, U-SWIRL International, which operates and franchises self-serve frozen yogurt cafés, has acquired the business assets of Fuzzy Peach Franchising, LLC. The acquisition of all intellectual property and worldwide franchise and license rights includes the rights associated with 17 currently operating Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt stores. The stores are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. U-Swirl purchased the Fuzzy Peach Franchising, LLC assets for $481,000 in cash paid at the time of closing, plus an earn-out that could increase the purchase price by up to another $349,000 based upon royalty income generated by Fuzzy Peach stores over the next twelve months...

Apollo Global Management Announces Completion Of Its Acquisition Of CEC Entertainment, Inc. »

February 18, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

NEW YORK - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 14, 2014 - An affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) ("Apollo") and CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: CEC) ("CEC" or the "Company") today announced the successful completion of the previously announced transaction, whereby Apollo, a leading global alternative investment manager, will acquire CEC, the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores.
"We are excited to announce the completion of this transaction," said Scott Ross, Partner at Apollo. "We look forward to working alongside CEC’s strong management team, dedicated employees and franchise partners to support the Company’s growth. Throughout the U.S. and increasingly around the world, the Chuck E...

Coldwell Banker Brand Strengthens Presence In Mid-South With Addition Of Prudential Collins-Maury In Memphis »

February 13, 2014 at 7:33AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

MADISON, N.J. - Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today announced that Prudential Collins-Maury Realtors, based in Collierville, Tenn., has converted to the Coldwell Banker® franchise system. The firm, which now does business as Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury Realtors, has approximately 100 agents in three offices serving the greater Memphis market.
Founded in 1987 and led by President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Collins, Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury had its best year ever in 2013 with annual sales volume exceeding $243 million.
"We exercise considerable diligence in our evaluation of firms to whom we award affiliation, and over a period of several months it became abundantly clear that Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury would prove an exceptional representative of our brand," said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate...

CarePatrol Acquires Biggest Franchise Competitor, Assisted Transition »

February 06, 2014 at 4:21AM PST | Source: CarePatrol

February 06, 2014 // // Gilbert, AZ - CarePatrol Franchise Systems, LLC is proud to announce that they have acquired their biggest franchise competitor, Assisted Transition. During the next 6 months, CarePatrol will convert an estimated 60 franchises into the CarePatrol system which will give CarePatrol approximately 150 franchises by the end of the year. CarePatrol is known as putting the "person touch" back into the assisted living placement industry.
CarePatrol CEO, Chuck Bongiovanni explains "We made this purchase because we believe that there needs to be changes in the placement industry. Our goal is to raise the standards of this industry so seniors and their families don’t have to settle for a telephone call and an email to find a quality assisted living services...

The Keg Royalties Income Fund And Keg Restaurants Ltd. Announce Completion Of The Sale Of A 51% Interest In Keg Restaurants Ltd. »

February 05, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Keg Steakhouse & Bar

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - (Marketwired - Feb. 4, 2014) - The Keg Royalties Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:KEG.UN) and Keg Restaurants Ltd. ("KRL") today announced that Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") has completed the transaction to acquire a 51% interest in KRL from David Aisenstat. Mr. Aisenstat will continue to hold the remaining 49% interest in KRL and he, along with the rest of the current KRL management team, will remain in operational control of The Keg.
The Fund is a limited purpose, open-ended trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario that, through The Keg Rights Limited Partnership (the "Partnership"), a subsidiary of the Fund, owns certain trademarks and other related intellectual property used by KRL...

Pak Mail Reacquires Southern Region Territory »

February 03, 2014 at 9:43AM PST | Source: Pak Mail

Centennial, CO – January 27, 2014 – Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc.’s International Support Center (ISC) has reacquired the area developer rights to the U.S. Southern Region market that encompasses East Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. As the world’s premier franchisor of packing, specialty shipping, and freight services, Pak Mail is excited about this recent territory acquisition.
"We are incredibly excited to acquire the Southern Region territory," Zai said. "The entire Pak Mail system will benefit as we strengthen our abilities in providing the best product and the best service at a reasonable price to enhance each customer’s experience, while solving whatever shipping needs a customer might have...

Chanticleer Holdings Completes Acquisition Of Hooters Pacific Northwest Franchise »

February 03, 2014 at 7:34AM PST | Source: Hooters

Company Also Completes Acquisition of Spoon Bar & Kitchen
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - February 03, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings or the "Company"), a minority holder in the privately held parent company of the Hooters® brand Hooters Of America, and a franchisee of international Hooters restaurants, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hooters' U.S. Pacific Northwest franchise rights and two existing restaurants in Oregon and Washington.
Chanticleer has acquired 100% of the shares of Tacoma Wings, LLC and Hooters of Oregon Partners, LLC, owners and operators of the two locations in Portland, OR and Tacoma, WA. All leasehold and current franchise rights to the Hooters locations in Oregon and Washington have been transferred to the Company and Management is evaluating locations around the Portland and Seattle areas for future restaurant openings...

Don Pablo's Returns To Texas Roots »

February 03, 2014 at 4:12AM PST | Source: Don Pablo's

Texas-born restaurant chain known for its "Big Tex, Bold Mex" flavors and attitude returns to its Texas roots with acquisition by Food Management Partners.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 - Don Pablo’s is returning to its Texas roots with the acquisition of the brand by Food Management Partners (FMP) from Atlanta-based Rita Restaurant Corporation.
A San Antonio-based restaurant management and development group, Food Management Partners is comprised of partners having more than 60 years of franchise experience, and includes operations across 21 states involving such brands as Buffalo Wild Wings and Zio’s Italian Kitchen. All management functions for Don Pablo’s will be absorbed into the San Antonio corporate office...

American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. Acquires 50% Interest In Wing Nutz »

January 27, 2014 at 6:24AM PST | Source: Dick's Wings & Grill

LAFAYETTE, La. - Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), operator and franchisor of the award-winning Dick's Wings & Grill® restaurants, announced that it has acquired a 50% interest in Wing Nutz®.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wing Nutz is a leading franchisor of family-friendly, sports-themed restaurants offering premium baked chicken wings, baked sandwiches, and other baked foods. It also offers its own proprietary line of craft beers under the name "Nut Job Beers." Wing Nutz currently has 10 restaurants in Utah and one restaurant in Idaho, with an additional restaurant about to open in Utah and one in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are an additional six restaurants in the pipeline in other western states...

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