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McDonald's Writeup in Financial Times Has No Mention of Franchisees

Just yesterday, Financial Times penned a very timely article on McDonald's. With great sources and a multiyear perspective, it recapped the last several years of ups and downs and initiatives.

The Alternatives To Spiking Restaurant Costs

Those of us in the restaurant business were initially taught to be “penny profit” managers because of the reality that a penny here or there over a large individual unit transaction bas

Restaurant Delivery Economics: What Could It Be?

We all know restaurant delivery has become the opportunity dejour, hopeful talk on delivery has recently caused security analysts to lift their entire restaurant industry perspective (see Morgan Stanley, John Glass, July 2017).

More Surprises Found at DineEquity: Limitations of the Asset Light Model with No CEO or CFO Now and De Minimus Disclosure

Wednesday's earnings call at DineEquity (DIN) revealed yet more drama. DineEquity's CFO resigned, which ordinarily is surprise enough. But his resignation came on top of the announced departure of long time CEO Julia Stewart, which was announced just last week. The stock fell about 15% in one day.

Burger King, Tim Hortons in Final Talks to Buy Popeyes: Note to Franchisees

After considerable anticipation of an acquisition over the last week, press reports now say that Restaurant Brands Inc (RBI), owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons brands, stated today that it has reached a deal to purchase Popeyes.

Restaurants: What Will Happen in 2017?

The 2017 ICR Exchange Conference in Orlando on January 9-11 2017 will be an important early peek of what will happen with restaurants in 2017. Over 40 publicly traded restaurants will present, with some dozen additional up and coming companies looking for funding.

Franchisee Due Diligence of Franchisors: Lessons from Applebee's

In the November 2016 Restaurant Finance Monitor, published by John Hamburger and Franchise Times, there is an excellent article about current issues underway in the Applebee’s system. Applebee's problem is also broadly present in parts of the restaurant franchise space.

Subway Revitalization: What Is Needed to Make It Work

Coinciding with the Olympics, Subway has unveiled a new logo and a new round of advertising touting the new advertising themes. But a lot more than that is needed to revitalize the brand.

2015 Restaurant Franchisee Profitability Reporting and Implications

I’ve noted the reluctance of virtually all restaurant franchisors to report the profitability of franchised stores. But there are a few franchisors that do.

Publicly Traded Restaurant Franchisors Live on Same-Store Sales but Franchisees Live on Store Free Cash Flow

The difficult nature of the restaurant franchise business life is about to hit again: Wendy's has rolled out a $4 combo meal of small bacon burger, 4 chicken nuggets, a drink and french fries.