Press release from CNW Group
MTY enters into an agreement to acquire the assets of Thai Zone
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MTY enters into an agreement to acquire the assets of Thai Zone12:17 EDT Tuesday, August 13, 2013
TSX Trading Symbol: "MTY"
MONTREAL, Aug. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - MTY Food Group Inc. ("MTY" or the "Company") (TSX: MTY), franchisor and operator of multiple concepts of quick service restaurants, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc. has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 80% of the assets of 9199-0465 Quebec Inc. and Alimentation ThaïZone Inc. ("Thaï Zone") (www.thaizone.ca) via a new company to be formed, with balance of the 20% to remain with the existing founders of Thai Zone. Total consideration for MTY's 80% share in the business is expected to be $17.8M and will be paid from MTY's cash on hand and available credit facilities.
Established in 2007, Thaï Zone currently has a network of 24 stores plus 5 additional stores to be opened within the next few months, all stores are franchised and based in Quebec and generated average annual net sales per store of $1.23M. In addition, Thaï Zone has recently made an entry in retail grocery stores and is currently in the deployment phase. Two of the founders, Pascal Leclerc and Marie-Christine Martel, will stay on board and oversee the daily operations and the future development of the Thai Zone brand.
With a distinctive store design, strong operations and coveted sites, Thaï Zone is a strong competitor in the Thai food franchise industry in the Province of Quebec. Presently, all Thaï Zone's restaurants are street-front locations with dining room, take-out and delivery and some locations also offer drive-through service.
"We are excited to acquire such a young and dynamic brand. It will be a great addition to our portfolio and a solid contributor to our growth in the future", said Stanley Ma, CEO of MTY. "Thaï Zone has been growing at a fast pace in the past two years and the success of its existing restaurants provides a solid foundation for future expansion".
The closing of the transaction is scheduled within the next 45 days and remains subject to several closing conditions as well as to standard regulatory approvals.
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On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
MTY Food Group Inc.
Stanley Ma, Chairman, President & CEO
SOURCE: MTY FOOD GROUP INC.
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