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For Middle-Market Private Equity
& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders
Private Equity Investing
In Franchise Companies
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James J. Goodman, President
Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --
Thursday, October 27, 2011
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support Them
From restaurants to auto repair to business services, franchising companies are more and more in the spotlight as highly desirable targets for private equity investors.
Simply put, successful franchising companies -- whether the entire headquarters system or a large territorial operator -- offer both well-advertised brand names and predictable revenue streams.
This is why many franchise acquisitions typically carry high multiples. In fact, Nation’s Restaurant News has noted that fast-food franchisors often bring multiples of six to eight times EBITDA, compared to only four to five times for non-franchise fast food companies.
Yet investors have to work for the rewards -- the due diligence required in franchise company deals can be greater than you’d expect. The relationships between franchisor and franchisees can range from supportive to demanding, streamlined to tangled, in any combination. Finding the true value of a deal can involve complex dissection of all the layers making up the ownership structure.
To bring investors a comprehensive look at the basics, the trends, and the tactics
of investing in franchising companies, The Capital Roundtable is pleased to
announce an all-NEW conference on Thursday, October 27, in New York.
It’s the place to discover why there have been so many recent successes, and
how you can participate.
So whether you're seeking a premier investment opportunity for 2012, or a proven growth strategy for your current portfolio companies, plan now to join us for --
Private Equity Investing
In Franchise Companies --
How to Identify, Analyze,
& Profit from Their Hidden Values
Plus when you sign up now for this conference, you can take advantage of our Early Bird Discount -- a generous savings of $400!
Franchisors tend to trade at a meaningful premium to a typical non-franchise company, in large part because they have ultimate control of the brand and the concept. Franchisees, on the other hand, usually trade at a meaningful discount. As you’d expect, each side of the coin has its own challenges and considerations.
With a franchisor, due diligence is in large part about determining the relationship with its franchisees -- the operating structures, the training procedures, the recruitment issues, and most telling, the litigation history -- the instances of franchisors who have never had a franchisee lawsuit are few and far between.
A franchisor has to be good not just at executing its concept, but at marketing to franchisees and helping them become successful. In essence, it must excel at three different businesses -- operations, sales, and training.
What’s more, it must have the right mix between company-owned and franchisee locations. For example, typically in the QSR (quick service restaurant) category, franchisors own between 10% and 30% of the chain -- enough to set an operations example for their franchisees and be one of the largest operators. There are some franchisor models, however, where 95% or more of the locations are franchisees -- so the franchisor doesn’t necessarily need to be a good operator to succeed, just a good marketer.
Franchisees must pay close attention to their trading areas -- whether or not they have possibilities to expand geographically. To any restrictions in what they must buy from the franchisor and what they can purchase locally. And especially to how harmonious the relationship is with the franchisor -- a situation most often exacerbated when projections are made to franchisees that never come to pass.
(However, the existence of an independent council of franchisees, separate from the
franchisor’s own “official” franchisee council, is not necessarily a sign of discontent.
Many franchisees prefer to have a group of their own, so dual councils are common.)
On the franchisor side, recent private equity activity has included Gemini Investors helping take the highly successful Buffalo Wild Wings concept public, and investment in the fast-growing Jan-Pro commercial cleaning system. With their franchise fees rolling in every month, these companies can be great cash flow generators.
There has also been substantial activity with PE firms buying large franchisees with 25 to 50 Burger King, Taco Bell, or other QSR units -- companies that typically have good cash flow, and an average of 10 to 15 million EBITDA selling between 4.5x and 5.5x.
To serve as chair of this all-NEW conference on Thursday, October 27, in New
York, we’re delighted to welcome James J. Goodman, President of Gemini
Investors in Wellesley, Massachusetts -- who’s completed many recent
successful franchise deals.
Jim has been an investor in private middle-market companies for the last 22 years.
Since 1993, when he founded Gemini’s predecessor firm, he has raised five private
equity funds and completed investments in more than 90 different companies. During
his investment career, he has been a director or board observer for over 35 portfolio
companies. A speaker at numerous industry conferences and events, Jim received
his AB, JD, and MBA degrees from Harvard University and is a member of the State
Bar of California.
The Latest Industry Information from 20 Franchise Experts
Joining Jim will be a team of 20 panelists sharing their vast experience with franchising company deals. You’ll hear from GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more -- bringing you a 360˚ look at this timely marketplace.
You’ll discover why franchising is showing up more and more on investment committees’ radars. And you’ll learn which specific segments of franchise operations are likely to provide the best opportunities in the months to come -- a group as varied as home improvement concepts, commercial and residential landscaping, and even dog walking.
And we’ll explain why regulations are less onerous than they appear at first glance. While franchising laws vary from state to state, and some are more supportive than others, this variability usually does not affect day-to-day operations like franchisee contracts and operations rules -- just litigation should it ever develop.
You’ll leave this conference with an up-to-the-moment knowledge of who’s doing franchising right, what pitfalls to avoid, and what areas most merit your attention. We’ll also cover how the playing field differs with international markets -- intermediate master franchisees with large swaths of territory who recruit and train small franchisees themselves are often the norm.
Register now to hear answers to the questions you’re sure to have --
Take Advantage Of Exceptional Networking Opportunities
Contacts and connections are a large part of your success in the franchising marketplace, and this conference will help you develop key relationships. We’ve built ample time into the agenda, including session breaks and an open lunch, where you can meet fellow attendees and featured speakers to exchange ideas and business cards.
You should attend this conference if you are a --
Remember, register with our Early Bird Discount by September 16, 2011, and you’ll
save $400 off our standard fee! Please make your reservation now so you’re not
disappointed. We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.
For more information, please feel free to contact Shaina Mardinly at 212-832-7333 ext. 0 or email@example.com.
This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual MasterClasses and other events and programs, please visit www.capitalroundtable.com.
The Capital Roundtable thanks DLA Piper US LLP and Quatrro FPO Solutions LLC for sponsoring this outstanding event. It’s due in great part to their collaboration and support that we have the resources to make this event so worthwhile for you.
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