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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.

COIT Cleaning And Restoration Services Acquires Santa Rosa Franchise And Expands Local Services »

July 21, 2014 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: COIT

SAN FRANCISCO - July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - COIT Cleaning and Restoration Services, a leading supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services headquartered in San Francisco, has announced its acquisition of the company's 40-year-old franchise in Santa Rosa, California. The local business, which offered residential and commercial cleaning services, will see an expansion of its restoration services with the acquisition.
"The McDonald family has owned and operated a successful COIT Santa Rosa franchise since the 70s," said Bob Kearn, President and CEO of COIT. "They grew their business by adding all the cleaning services in our entire line, and now we look forward to expanding them further by offering 24/7 disaster restoration services to our Santa Rosa customers and the community...

Realogy Announces Agreement To Acquire ZipRealty For Approximately $166 Million »

July 16, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

Strategic Addition of Brokerage Operations and Innovative Technology Platform Expected to Drive Incremental Revenue for Company-Owned, Franchise and Title Business Segments; Each Company to Host Investor Call Today to Discuss Transaction
MADISON, N.J. and EMERYVILLE, Calif. - July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) and ZipRealty, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIPR) today announced that Realogy has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $166 million. With this transaction, Realogy is acquiring ZipRealty's residential brokerage operations with 23 offices across the United States and its leading-edge, integrated real estate technology platform, including its recently released private-label solution for brokers...

Red Robin Completes Acquisition Of 32 Franchised Restaurants In The United States And Canada »

July 15, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Greenwood Village, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jul. 15, 2014 - 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 it has completed the acquisition of 32 Red Robin® franchised restaurants in the United States and Canada, for approximately $40 million from Mach Robin, LLC and Mach Robin, LLC’s Canadian affiliate. Mach Robin, LLC is a subsidiary of 5B Investments, Inc.
"This acquisition is a significant step in support of our expansion strategy. We are pleased to have completed this acquisition and to welcome over 2,000 team members to engage our guests in these new corporate locations," said Steve Carley, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc...

Drafthouse Films Acquires Groundbreaking Cannes Multi-Award Winner The Tribe »

July 02, 2014 at 10:21AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Critically Acclaimed First Feature from Ukrainian Filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy will be Released Theatrically In 2015
July 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, TX - Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the 2014 Cannes' International Critics' Week award winner The Tribe. Blowing away critics and audiences alike, the radically ambitious film has been called "an unprecedented cinematic accomplishment" by Indiewire, while The Guardian heralds it "the great discovery of this year's festival."
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film's narrative unfolds purely through sign language without a need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level...

Diversified Restaurant Holdings Closes Acquisition Of Three Florida Buffalo Wild Wings® Restaurants »

July 02, 2014 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

Establishes Market Leadership Position in Western Florida
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - July 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) ("DRH" or the "Company"), the creator, developer and operator of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern® ("Bagger Dave's") and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings® ("BWW"), announced today that it completed the previously announced acquisition of three Florida BWW restaurants for approximately $3.2 million.
Michael Ansley, President and CEO of DRH, commented, "Owning an entire market provides DRH with a unique opportunity to gain local market scale, while providing greater geographic diversity to our restaurant portfolio...

Powell's Sweet Shoppe To Merge With Lolli And Pops, Inc. »

July 02, 2014 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Powell's Sweet Shoppe

July 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lolli and Pops and Powell's Sweet Shoppe today announced their plans for Powell's Sweet Shoppe to merge with Lolli and Pops. Lolli and Pops currently has 7 stores under its namesake brand, and 12 stores under the Candyopolis brand. This merger will bring an additional 16 locations under the Lolli and Pops umbrella.
Powell's Sweet Shoppe to Merge with Lolli and Pops, Inc. San Francisco, CA, July 01, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Lolli and Pops and Powell's Sweet Shoppe today announced their plans for Powell's Sweet Shoppe to merge with Lolli and Pops. Lolli and Pops currently has 7 stores under its namesake brand, and 12 stores under the Candyopolis brand. This merger will bring an additional 16 locations under the Lolli and Pops umbrella...

Dippin’ Dots Franchising, LLC Acquires Gourmet Popcorn Franchisor Doc Popcorn »

July 02, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Dippin Dots

Move expands Dippin' Dots food platform, creates cross-branding opportunities and nearly doubles franchisee base.
PADUCAH, Ky. - July 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dippin' Dots Franchising, LLC, the franchising arm of the iconic flash frozen ice cream maker Dippin' Dots, today announced that it has acquired snack franchisor Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn. Based in Boulder, Colo., Doc Popcorn's franchise footprint includes nearly 100 franchise partners in 30 states, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
"This acquisition represents a significant addition to our portfolio of leading snack food franchises," commented Scott Fischer, Dippin' Dots president. "From the start, our goal has been to achieve controlled, coordinated and sustainable growth for Dippin' Dots through long-term moves including the strategic acquisition of quality brands like Doc Popcorn...

Chanticleer Holdings Acquires 60% Ownership Of Hooters® Franchisee, TMIX Management Australia Pty, Ltd. »

July 01, 2014 at 7:44AM PDT | Source: Hooters

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), owner and operater of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announced today that the Company has acquired 60% ownership of TMIX Management Australia Pty, Ltd., Hooters franchisee in Australia, and its Hooters restaurants in Parramatta and Penrith, both suburbs of Sydney.
The Company also recently announced it increased its ownership stake in Hooters restaurant in Campbelltown, Australia from 49% to 60% and agreed to increase its ownership stake to 60% in the two new stores under construction in Townsville and Surfers Paradise.
The terms of the agreement called for Chanticleer to assume the debt owed to Florida Mezzinine Fund, LLLP by TMIX Darling Harbour Pty, Ltd, parent company of TMIX Management, in the amount of $5 million (the "Debt")...

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Strengthens La Jolla Presence By Acquiring Middleton & Associates Real Estate »

June 30, 2014 at 10:33AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

June 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Southern California announced today it has acquired the assets of Middleton Team Inc. in La Jolla, Calif., which does business as Middleton & Associates, a boutique luxury real estate brokerage. The acquisition strengthens Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s presence in La Jolla by adding an office at 848 Prospect St., just down the road from its existing office. Peter Middleton and Middleton & Associates' 30 independent sales associates are being welcomed to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company.
"Peter Middleton and his team are iconic throughout La Jolla and San Diego County,”\" said Jamie Duran, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County, Desert Resorts and Greater San Diego...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Acquires 12 True Quality Collision Centers »

June 30, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - June 27, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today the purchase of all 12 True Quality Collision Centers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and Bloomington, Indiana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"ABRA has had an excellent reputation for more than 30 years. I have no doubt our employees will be in exceptional hands moving forward."
ABRA is one of the largest and fastest growing multi shop repair operators in the country. Today’s transaction introduces the company to the state of Ohio and is another step in expanding its national footprint. ABRA’s repair center portfolio now stands at 229 in 18 states.
Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Our growth strategy is on target and progressing as planned...

PowerBilt Golf Executive Acquires TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise In California »

June 27, 2014 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Junior Golf

Junior golf manufacturer invests in the future of golf with innovative school-based business model.
June 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Palm Desert, CA – Ross Kvinge, a 35-year veteran in the golf business and current President and CEO of Powerbilt Golf, one of the leading golf equipment manufacturers and producers of junior golf clubs, understands the importance of engaging and increasing youth participation for the future growth of the game.
To further enhance his position as a leader in junior golf, Kvinge has acquired a TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) franchise in the Coachella Valley in Palm Desert California.
"PowerBilt has been a national partner and equipment supplier with TGA for 10 years and we have been able to grow with them and see the enormous impact their model has on kids, communities, and growing the game," Kvinge said...

Carlson Announces It Will Take Full Ownership Of Carlson Wagonlit Travel »

June 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

June 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis and Amsterdam - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMC"), the 45 percent equity interest JPMC indirectly holds in Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). As a result of this acquisition, Carlson will own 100 percent of CWT. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in July 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
"We are pleased with the momentum, growth and results realized by the management team at CWT. This acquisition, along with our ongoing investment in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its family of brands, helps solidify our long term direction for the company," said Carlson President and CEO Trudy Rautio...

NRT's Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate In Florida  »

May 30, 2014 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

Strengthens Fort Myers/Naples Market Presence with Two Acquisitions
FORT MYERS, Fla. - May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage in Florida, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Island Coastal Realty in Estero, Fla., and 5th Avenue Real Estate in Naples, Fla. Coldwell Banker welcomes Island Coastal Realty's 13 sales associates and 5th Avenue Real Estate's six sales associates from their two respective offices.
"We are very pleased to welcome the professionals of Island Coastal Realty and 5th Avenue Real Estate," said Clark Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida, which is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company...

Snap-on Acquires Pro-Cut International »

May 30, 2014 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Broadens Offering of Productivity Solutions for Repair Shop Owners and Managers
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 30, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Pro-Cut International, Inc. ("Pro-Cut") for approximately $42 million in cash. Pro-Cut, with 2013 sales of approximately $24 million, designs, manufactures and distributes on-car brake lathes, related equipment and accessories used in brake servicing by automotive repair facilities.
"Pro-Cut's advanced brake servicing product line enhances and increases Snap-on's offering of productivity solutions for vehicle repair facilities, including independent shops, national service chains and OEM dealerships," said Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on chairman and chief executive officer...

AllOver Media Continues Aggressive Expansion »

May 30, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: AllOver Media

More Than Doubles Twin Cities Presence
Minneapolis, Minn. – May 20, 2014 – Minneapolis-based AllOver Media, Inc. announced today the acquisition of Trans Media Group (TMG), the parent company of AJ Indoor and TMG Alternative Out-of-Home Media, further expanding the market share and rapid growth of AllOver Media.
This acquisition also marks the reunion of AllOver Media CEO Tony Jacobson with AJ Indoor, the company he originally co-founded in 1987 with longtime business partner Jim Arabanos, TMG CEO/Founder, who suddenly passed away in November 2013. "I have known Jim since we were elementary kids growing up in Hibbing, MN - he built a wonderful local brand in this market and we are proud to build upon the foundation he created...

Zippy Shell USA, LLC Announces Merger With Zippy Shell International »

May 29, 2014 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

May 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. – Zippy Shell USA, LLC is pleased to announce the company has merged with Zippy Shell International, LLC. Zippy Shell International, LLC was the entity that owned the worldwide rights for the Zippy Shell system, including being the master franchisor for Zippy Shell USA, LLC.
Gareth Taylor, the former Managing Director and Founder of Zippy Shell International, LLC has accepted the position of President at Zippy Shell USA, LLC at the company’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. Rick Del Sontro, formerly President of Zippy Shell USA, LLC, will move into the position of Chief Executive Officer.
"Combining the two entities will make a much stronger entity in the long run and allow Zippy Shell to continue on its rapid expansion," Taylor said...

Terminix® Acquires Assets Of Eight Pest And Wildlife Control Companies Through May 2014 »

May 22, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Terminix

Begins 2014 on Strong Acquisition Pace; Expands Footprint in Key Growth Markets
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, today announced the recent asset acquisitions of eight pest and wildlife control companies spanning 10 states. These additions contribute strong management teams, robust service offerings and geographic diversity to the Terminix portfolio.
"We'll continue our aggressive growth strategy throughout 2014 with a focus on both domestic and international acquisitions," said Bill Derwin, president of Terminix. "For pest control operators looking to sell, Terminix provides customized integration models with the goal of offering a fair price, taking care of existing customers and doing what's right for team members...

Large Format Imaging Franchisor Speedpro Imaging Acquired By Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd, Mountain Ridge Capital And Boris Katsnelson »

May 20, 2014 at 4:19AM PDT | Source: Speedpro Imaging

May 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Scottsdale, AZ - Speedpro Imaging announced its acquisition by Fairfield-Maxwell, Mountain Ridge Capital and Boris Katsnelson. Katsnelson will serve as president of the rapidly growing wide format imaging franchisor while Founder Blair Gran will become the chairman.
Speedpro is the premier wide format imaging company nationwide with a network of over 100 locations operating across the United States. As the nation’s leader in high-quality large format imagery, Speedpro’s services include the printing of tradeshow displays/exhibits, retail signage, banners, and building and vehicle wraps. Speedpro’s singular focus on large format printing and network of G7® Master Printers, allows its studios to effectively service accounts that demand the highest quality, consistency and common visual appearance...

Newly-formed BRIX Holdings, LLC Acquires Smoothie Factory And RedBrick Pizza »

May 13, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Smoothie Factory

Parent company of Red Mango Yogurt Café & Juice Bar Expands Portfolio of Franchise Companies
May 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – BRIX Holdings, LLC, a newly-formed multi brand franchising company, today announced the addition of Smoothie Factory® and RedBrick Pizza® to its growing roster of national franchise chains with plans to expand both concepts.
BRIX Holdings is an innovative multi-concept firm and parent company of popular frozen yogurt chain Red Mango®, focusing on healthy eating concepts with the highest quality products and menus.
"Recognizing that there are numerous existing brands in the marketplace that are past the initial concept stage without the necessary ingredients to capitalize on their growth potential, BRIX Holdings was established to add the knowledge and resources needed to create that growth and business success," said John Antioco, chairman of the board for BRIX Holdings...

Interval Leisure Group To Acquire Hyatt Residential Group »

May 08, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Announces Exclusive Master License Agreement in Vacation Ownership
Acquisition includes Portfolio of Sixteen Hyatt Residence Club-Branded Vacation Ownership Properties
MIAMI & CHICAGO - May 07, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Interval Leisure Group ("ILG") (NASDAQ:IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt") (NYSE:H), a leading global hospitality company, today announced their affiliates have signed a definitive agreement for ILG to purchase Hyatt Residential Group for approximately $190 million. In addition, ILG will acquire Hyatt's interest in a joint venture that owns and is developing a 131-unit vacation ownership property in Maui, and will reimburse Hyatt an additional approximately $35 million, representing Hyatt's contributions to the joint venture through the transaction's anticipated closing date...



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