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Public Valuations Outperform Franchise Valuations


Public Valuations Outperform Franchise Valuations

  • Public franchisor EV/EBITDA multiples edged higher relative to private franchisee EBITDA multiples during 2H:18 and the public multiple premium is at the top of our historic range (since 2010).
  • Notably, the QSR public valuation multiple premium widened to an all-time high vs. FSR (+67% premium)

  • In a stark contrast with the ascent of public stock valuations and their "asset light" model, 2H:18 franchisee EBITDA valuation multiples declined from 1H:18 and are expected to remain under pressure in 1H:19 due to unit level margin challenges driven by modest sales prospects, high level of industry discounting & rising labor costs.
  • Also, valuations are pressured by higher interest rates (although they have pulled back in January) and greater unit supply.
  • Finally, we hear that some lenders are turning more cautious although overall access to capital remains strong.

  • Consistent with public stock valuation trends, the casual segment experienced the steepest franchisee multiple decline (-4.7%) with every chain posting lower multiples as decelerating comp performance (+3.4% 3Q vs. +1.9% 4Q outlook) coupled with more aggressive discounting (39% value mix 1H:18 vs. 48% 2H:18) is expected to continue to weigh on casual store level margins. 


Source: RR's Finance & Valuation Report (outline)


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