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Restaurant Valuation Multiples: Global Trends

As Private Equity activity continues to flourish in the foodservice sector, restaurant valuation multiples have followed suit — rising even when deal volumes drop. Premiums for high-quality targets are on the rise, with valuations reaching their highest multiple (11.1x) since 2007 in 2016. There are plenty of opportunities for restaurant operators searching for capital — particularly those in higher growth…read more →Read more...

July 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

The past six months haven’t exactly been smooth sailing in the US, at least politically-speaking. Since President Trump took office in January 2017, the nation’s capital hasn’t witnessed any major economic policy changes, like tax reform or healthcare. Yet economic conditions remain optimistic — particularly for US restaurant operators, who rely on strong jobs and wage reports. In fact, business…read more →Read more...

The Largest Restaurant Acquisitions of the Past Two Decades

In 2015, estimates pegged the value of restaurant mergers and restaurant acquisitions (M&A) in the US at roughly $120.8 billion, jumping 58% from the previous record the prior year. In 2016, the value of those deals was down some 23%, but the number of deals was up, with restaurant deals comprising 1.1% of all (13,142) M&A deals. Between 2004 and…read more →Read more...

US Restaurant Labor Data: An Overview

Few economic data points are as closely watched as measures of employment. For those in the foodservice industry, which must confront high rates of turnover and ever-evolving wages, US restaurant labor data trends are especially informative, as they can help restaurateurs adapt as the trends surface (rather than after the fact). But due to the sheer volume of monthly labor…read more →Read more...

Listen to the Creator of ‘Billions’ Discuss His Love of Restaurants

This week’s Eater Upsell (a podcast form the team behind Vox Media’s food website Eater) explores the relationship between Wall Street money and New York City restaurants through a conversation with Showtime’s Billions creator Brian Koppelman. Our love for Billions is no small secret (we’ve referenced it before, in fact) and Koppelman’s passion for food shines bright in the show….read more →Read more...

What a Thorough Restaurant Marketing Audit Should Cover

A restaurant marketing audit should be as common and as much a part of life for restaurant chains as a physical exam is for people. It’s something that should be done every 36-months as a standard routine. The restaurant industry is an incredibly complex one. Add modern marketing to the mix (which is complex, in and of itself), and that…read more →Read more...

Restaurant Due Diligence: What To Look For Before Investing

There’s been a lot of investor interest in the restaurant industry as of late, and for good reason: even when economies around the world struggle, consumers continue to dine out. And even though habits might change and trends might shift, the global restaurant industry remains a force. Still, with so much Venture Capital, Private Equity, and commercial loans flowing into…read more →Read more...

How Macroeconomic Conditions Will Impact Qatar’s Restaurant Industry

Once one of the poorest Gulf states, today, Qatar is one of the richest countries in the GCC. But it hasn’t been without its struggles, particularly recently. First, there were sagging oil prices, which have plagued the GCC in recent years. But the country most recently made headlines for its alleged support of terrorist organizations (including the Palestinian Hamas faction…read more →Read more...

Are We Relevant?: Questions to Ask During a Restaurant Brand Audit

Restaurant CEOs around the world are waking up each morning to a slew of headlines impacting not just the industry, but their own companies in particular. For many, opening the paper or checking the headlines on news sites likely brings to mind a gut-wrenching thought: In the age of restaurant delivery, fast-casual concepts, food trucks and meal kits — is…read more →Read more...