I don’t normally disclose our “bottom line” in terms of our position (long or short) in companies that I write about. However, Papa John’s is sufficiently liquid in terms of trading volume and adequately controversial in terms of the investment community’s dialogue. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.
Cristin O’Hara appreciates a good story. The fact that restaurant operators often have an interesting story to tell is one of the reasons that drew her into restaurant finance in the first place. O’Hara currently serves as the managing director and head of the Restaurant Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Papa John Schnatter’s loose lips now put him in the same camp as former race luminaries Jimmy The Greek and Donald Sterling. The only thing I’ll say here about Schnatter’s faux pas: It’s not good for selling pizzas.
The recent press release by Restaurant Brands International (NYSE-QSR) relating to initiatives at Tim Hortons, its now admitted troubled subsidiary that contributes about half of its corporate EBITDA, tells us a lot about the prospects for the company over the next few years. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.
Dine Brands Global, previously known as DineEquity, operator and franchisor (franchisor mostly) of the IHOP and Applebee’s brands, has had its share of challenges in recent years. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.
As senior vice president of acquisitions at National Retail Properties (NNN-NYSE), Josh Lewis is helping the net lease REIT acquire on average between $650 million and $850 million in restaurant and retail properties each year. But it was not long ago Lewis was sitting on the other side of the table helping restaurant operators structure sale-leaseback transactions.
Starbucks (SBUX), the house that Schultz built, is a success story that has inspired many. It is also a Top 10 holding in the Restaurant Finance Monitor and deserves comment.
Starbucks has led both technologically and culturally through its 175,000 “green aprons.” However, on June 26, its founder, Howard Schultz, will move on to bigger, and hopefully better things.
Bill Lenehan is CEO of that new REIT entity—Four Corners Property Trust (NYSE-FCPT) – and he is helping other restaurant chains and individual franchise operators by acquiring their properties and then leasing them back via long-term net leases.
36% of the stock float was sold short, so the numbers came through “adequately”, and the stock didn’t go down, so the short-term traders panicked, covered their positions and drove the stock higher. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.
QSR reported their first quarter results on April 25th, including eagerly awaited commentary regarding the important relationship with their Tim Horton franchisees. Visit www.rogerlipton.com to view free restaurant company descriptions and other articles.
Sandra McCraren will be the first to admit that when she started her career in restaurant financing nearly 30 years ago, she definitely had luck on her side. She went to work for a bank that was in the very early stages of helping form what is now the national lending program for McDonald’s franchisees.
Up until ten years ago, almost all the chief financial officers in the restaurant industry were male. At the recent Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, 36 of the 243 CFOs attending, or 15%, were female. One of them, Lina O’Connor, CFO of Tender Greens, in Culver City, Calif., remarked, “Fifteen percent is better than zero and the needle is moving, however slowly.”
Glen Kunofsky is a veteran of the sale-leaseback industry and one of the pioneers who helped establish a bigger buyer pool for net-leased restaurant properties among private investors nearly two decades ago.
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