BK buyout may set off string of similar deals

09/6/2010 | Reuters

The planned acquisition of Burger King by 3G Capital could be the start of a new series of restaurant-chain buyouts by cash-rich private equity investment firms. The downturn has depressed share prices for many chains, making them attractive targets. In addition, restaurants generate significant amounts of cash and chains that have a high number of franchisees come with lower capital requirements, making them ripe for buyout offers, say some industry analysts.

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