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TOP 5: Key themes shaping conversations between pubs and investors

TOP 5: Key themes shaping conversations between pubs and investors

After years of playing second fiddle to casual dining brands, pubs are whetting the appetite of investors. As FEJ revealed yesterday, analysts are predicting that the ‘return of the pub’ is set to play a dominant role in the M&A market over the next few years. Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO’s newly-published Restaurants and

Casual Dining Group gains a £30m capital injection from private equity partner

Casual Dining Group has bagged a cash investment of £30m to fund future growth opportunities following a refinancing of the business. The capital injection has been led by private equity firm KKR, with the support of management and all other shareholders, including funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and Pemberton Asset Management.

New owner and fresh investment for authentic pizza chain

Pizza chain Rossopomodoro could be about to take a bigger slice of the market after the group it is part of was sold to private equity firm OpCapita. Rossopomodoro belongs to Sebeto Group, a leading operator of casual dining restaurants in Italy and 11 other countries, which this week was offloaded by its previous London-based

Budding restaurant chain to accelerate roll-out plans after first four sites deliver £10m turnover

A restaurant chain with four sites is scouting for new locations after receiving additional private equity funding to accelerate its expansion plans in 2018. East Coast Concepts, which employs more than 300 staff across four sites, was backed by NorthEdge Capital 18 months ago to support its roll-out across the UK. It will use the

£2m equity investment will fuel coffee chain’s plan to roll-out 30 more stores

A growing Northern Irish coffee shop chain with 16 sites has set out ambitious plans to more than double the size of its estate after securing a £2m equity investment from BGF, one of the UK’s most active investor in small and mid-sized companies. Bob & Berts, which is known for its distinctive style, quality offering and

Investors shun big casual dining brands for smaller restaurant concepts

Smaller restaurant concepts bidding to scale from 10 to 30 sites stand more chance of attracting private equity investment than larger, more established operators targeting 100 sites, a new report claims. Large-scale M&A has been limited during 2017, with private equity notably more cautious on the sector than in recent years. And according to business

£23m windfall for restaurant group backed by private equity firm that grew Wagamama

New World Trading Company is eyeing up new sites after securing a £23m investment from NatWest. The company, which was owned by Living Ventures until its sale to private equity firm Graphite Capital last year, currently operates 16 pubs across the country but is keen to get that number up. Graphite has an impressive track

Private equity cash still available to bankroll kitchen schemes

Innovative foodservice brands that can differentiate themselves will still attract “healthy valuations” from potential private equity buyers despite challenging market conditions, a leading business advisory has claimed. Private equity cash has been a major factor in restaurant growth over the last decade, helping to fund huge chain roll-outs and resulting kitchen projects. But fears that

McDonald’s sells its operation in China for £1.7 billion

McDonald’s this morning agreed to sell 80% of its business in China and Hong Kong as part of a strategy to franchise more of its restaurants worldwide. The company has struck a deal with China’s largest conglomerate CITIC Limited, as well as CITIC Capital and The Carlyle Group, to create an entity that will become