Mergers And Acquisitions In Franchising Strategies For 2014 And Beyond


The M&A market is very strong for franchisor and large multi-unit franchisees of scale today – good news for those looking for a sale or growth capital. What key factors drive investor demand? How should investors be thinking about their exit plans? What due diligence issues do they face?

In this paper, we look at these concerns and suggest strategies and steps for franchising mergers and acquisitions.


The M&A market continues to be robust for franchising. Over the past three years, there have been more than 200 acquisitions involving franchising. Key acquisitions since 2013 include private equity firm Apollo Global Management’s acquisition of CEC Enter tainment, which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants, for $1.3 billion. Other notable transactions: TZP Group recent acquisition of Snap Fitness for $200 million, Centre Par tners acquisition of Captain D’s for $175 million, TSG Consumer’s acquisition of Planet Fitness and Roark Capital’s acquisition of Anytime Fitness. Other franchisor transactions can be found under “Franchisor Equity News” at

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