Due to typhoon Pedring and Quiel, my internet connection wasn’t as reliable as it should be these past few days. And when it finally came back to life, I was more than relieved checking the news, checking my stocks, facebook, ym and email of course.
And while reading thru yahoo news yesterday, one news caught my eye. Jollibee buys Burger King Franchise in the Philippines. Uhmm, I’ve got to read this I thought to myself and got to blog about it. It was written by Doris Dumlao via Philippine Daily Inquirer and here’s the story.
Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Philippine fastfood giant Jollibee Foods Corp. has cemented its leading position in the highly competitive quick-service restaurant industry by taking over the Philippine operations of American chain Burger King.
The deal allows JFC to gain a foothold into the premium segment of the hamburger category in the fast-food business as the group was expecting the premium price segment of the market “to grow appreciably in the years ahead as the Filipino consumers’ standard of living rises from the growing economy.”In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Friday, Jollibee announced that it has signed an agreement acquiring a 54-percent stake in BK Titans Inc., owner of PERF Restaurants that, in turn, is the sole franchisee of the Burger King brand in the Philippines. The deal was priced at 65.5 million pesos (US$1.49 million).
[ad#content300]Burger King has 23 restaurants in the country, mostly located in Metro Manila. It generates annual revenues of P800 million and has recently turned profitable despite its much smaller store network compared to Jollibee’s.
The American fastfood chain, which is based in Miami, Florida, has similar products to Jollibee such as hamburger, fried chicken and fries in its core menu. However, Burger King’s products are priced about 30 percent higher than comparable Jollibee products in the Philippines.
The entry into higher-end fast food products will allow Jollibee to harness the growing mass affluence of Filipino consumers and capture a niche market that is less sensitive to economic cycles. At the same time, its entry is seen allowing Burger King to scale up operations in the country.With the entry of Jollibee into BK Titans, the fast-food giant will still have as minority partners the groups of businessmen Manuel V. Pangilinan (13 percent) and Alberto Lina (33 per cent).
Founded in 1954, Burger King is the second-biggest fastfood hamburger chain in the world operating more than 12,300 locations and serving 11 million guests daily in 78 countries. Most of its restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. In Asia, the business is managed by Singapore-based BK Asiapac Pte. Ltd.
Upon reading the story, I was all blaming Pedring. Why? Coz I should have bought Jollibee (JFC) last Thursday where it posted its lowest in the last 6 months (P81.95/share), hehe. But anyway, it’s not yet too late. I’ll just have to be quick come Monday morning.
If you haven’t been following Jollibee, it was almost the same month last year when Jollibee acquired 70% of Mang Inasal for P3 Billion see story here -> .
Jollibee has been always the favorite of some of my mentors including the little girl from the seminar I attended last Friday. More of this story in my succeeding posts.
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