Creates powerhouse in China, bringing together two leading global QSR brands
Accelerates Tims China’s growth with addition of another customer favorite
Financially compelling transaction expected to deliver revenue, cost, and development synergies
Completion subject to customary closing conditions and documentation
SHANGHAI, China, Feb. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TH International Limited (Nasdaq: THCH), the exclusive operator of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China (“Tims China”), today announced that its Board of Directors had approved the entry into a transaction for the exclusive development of Popeyes® in mainland China and Macau. The transaction is subject to definitive documents and customary closing conditions; the Board of Directors authorized Tims China’s independent audit committee to oversee the transaction and its completion.
Like Tim Hortons, Popeyes is an iconic brand owned by Restaurant Brands International (“RBI”). Popeyes®’ 50-year history, distinctive menu, and passion for flavorful authentic food has made it one of the world’s largest chicken quick-service restaurant (QSR) groups with over 3,900 locations globally.
“Tims has been a huge success in China—with more than 600 locations on our way to 1,000 by year-end,” said Peter Yu, Chairman of Tims China. “We are building on that success and launching a second leading brand in the world’s most compelling consumer market. I have long admired RBI’s value-creation in hosting multiple brands on a single platform, and this next step in Tims China’s evolution will bring significant operational and development synergies.”
Tims China’s leadership has a proven track record of building brands in China. The team aims to extend that success by celebrating Popeyes®’ core identity and products while localizing flavors and experiences, and delivering absolute convenience to guests by leveraging a strong development system and proven digital platforms.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome Popeyes®, a beloved global brand and proven winner, to the Tims China family,” said Yongchen Lu, CEO of Tims China. “The two brands are a natural fit, with complementary product offerings and exceptional growth potential. Both brands will benefit from greater scale, a stronger financial model, and synergies, including in the supply chain and new restaurant development. We cannot wait to serve all our guests, including our over 11 million loyalty members, a spicy chicken sandwich.”
In the all-share transaction, Tims China is expected to acquire the exclusive rights to develop and sub-franchise the Popeyes® brand in mainland China and Macau. The acquisition is also expected to bring significant cash to Tims China and strengthen the company’s balance sheet.
About TH International Limited
TH International Limited (Nasdaq: THCH) (“Tims China”) is the parent company of the exclusive master franchisee of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China, including Hong Kong and Macau. TH International Limited was founded by Cartesian Capital Group and Tim Hortons Restaurants International, a subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR).
Tims China offers freshly brewed coffee, tea and other beverages, bakery & sides, and sandwiches and is an emerging coffee champion in China. The brand’s philosophy is rooted in world-class execution and data-driven decision making and centered on true local relevance, continuous innovation, genuine community, and absolute convenience. For more information, please visit https://ir.timschina.com/.
Founded in New Orleans in 1972, POPEYES® has more than 50 years of history and culinary tradition. Popeyes distinguishes itself with a unique New Orleans style menu featuring spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp, and other regional items. The chain’s passion for its Louisiana heritage and flavorful authentic food has allowed Popeyes to become one of the world’s largest chicken quick service restaurants with over 3,900 restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.
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