McDonald’s China deal done – reports

A private-equity led consortium has been chosen to buy 20-year franchise rights for McDonald’s China and Hong Kong, Reuters is reporting.

The successful bidder is a consortium led by private-equity firm Carlyle Group and Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, who will pay up to US$3 billion, according to an unidentified source who spoke with Reuters.

A contract will likely be signed before Christmas.

As reported by Inside Retail Asia in September, consortiums led by private equity firms Carlyle Group and TPG Capital were shortlisted as the bidding process narrowed the field. TPG had teamed with Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group, McDonald’s current China partner.

Another private equity group, Bain Capital, had already dropped out.


McDonald’s had previously said it was looking for long-term partners rather than private equity firms, which typically cash out after a few years.

The deal covers some 2400 restaurants in China and Hong Kong. The 20 year franchise rights come with a 10-year renewal option.

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