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We’ve put together a collection of our best resources to help you grow and market your restaurant.


Recent 2017 Restaurant Investments (And What They Mean for the Industry’s Future)

The past year has seen a flurry of high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant space, and restaurant investments. We’ve already rounded up most of the 2017 restaurant investments in previous posts but here, we pick up where we left off in September 2017, rounding up the most recent restaurant M&A news and examining how 2017 restaurant investments are indicative…read more →Read more...

Q3 2017 Restaurant Earnings: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

This week brought a series of restaurant earnings reports that generated a slew of headlines — and had a major impact on restaurant stocks. From Chipotle’s massive drop to McDonald’s spike, here’s a breakdown of what we learned from the most recent rash of Q3 2017 restaurant earnings reports. Chipotle The news wasn’t all bad — though it would be…read more →Read more...

Pizza and Healthy Foods Dominate the Fastest Growing Fast Casual Restaurants

In September 2017, Restaurant Business released its list of the top 25 Fastest Growing Fast Casual restaurant chains. The list was full of notable names, from sweetgreen to Blaze Pizza, and unveiled plenty of trends. The fast-casual segment’s growth hasn’t been as strong as in years past (more on that below), but it is still growing, with new players cropping…read more →Read more...

Restaurant EBITDA

The restaurant industry can be mighty unforgiving, thanks to thin margins and high operating expenses. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) plays a crucial role, as it is designed to help owners and operators place a firm value on their restaurant company’s earning power by focusing on cash flow. Below, we examine how restaurant EBITDA differs from operating…read more →Read more...

Restaurant Debt Ratios

The restaurant industry is a diverse one — and with so many different types of companies (large, small, franchised, company-owned, etc.), the indebtedness of chains varies widely. Investors often monitor this indebtedness to navigate the risks (and, in many cases, rewards) associated with the chains themselves. Recent bankruptcies further highlight the risks faced by equity holders when it comes to…read more →Read more...

2017 Restaurant Mergers and Acquisitions: An Update

Recent data suggests that restaurant mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are set to continue growing, both in number and in value. In fact, the number of restaurant M&A deals in the US increased by 86% between 2004 and 2016. Recently, we’re seeing specific pockets of the industry benefit from restaurant mergers and acquisitions. Premium coffee has been given a boost with…read more →Read more...

The Most Common Restaurant Commercial Due Diligence Findings

Private Equity firms have been snapping up restaurant chains at an astounding rate in recent years. It makes sense, considering the industry is cash-generative, offering a continual source of new concepts that can be scaled and eventually sold, generating lucrative returns. And while those in the financial and banking sectors often perform the due diligence on those deals, a firm…read more →Read more...

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...