McDonald’s Malaysia, Singapore ‘buyer found’

Twenty-year franchise rights for McDonald’s Malaysia and Singapore outlets have been conditionally sold to a Saudi Arabian group for up to US$400 million.

Reza Food Services, which owns McDonald’s restaurants in Saudi Arabia, is seeking finance from Malaysian bank CIMB to finance the transaction, insiders say.

McDonald’s is moving to bring in partners as it switches to a less capital-intensive franchise model in Asia, and has said it wants regional family-owned groups and local tycoons as long-term partners.

Insiders say the basic terms of the agreement with Reza have been finalised, with the deal expected to be completed by the end of the year.

McDonald’s, which has about 260 restaurants in Malaysia and about 120 in Singapore, is also selling its China and Hong Kong outlets, and has received final bids from at least three groups.


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