MTY Food Group Inc., franchisor and operator of multiple concepts of quick service restaurants, announced today that its wholly – owned subsidiary MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc. has entered into a binding agreement to acquire most of the assets of a group of companies from the 3 co – founders, Mr. Alex Rechichi, Mr. Mark Rechichi, and Mr. Sean Black, who own and operate the Extreme Pita, Pur Blendz and Mucho Burrito concepts www.extremebrandz.com , for a total consideration of $45 million, making it the biggest acquisition in MTY’s history. It will be paid from MTY’s cash on hand and available line of credit.
At the date of closing, Extreme Brandz is expected to have over 235 Extreme Pita and over 70 Mucho Burrito restaurants in operations in Canada and in the United States, of which two are corporately – owned for each brand. The PurBlendz concept, which is operated as an add – on to the Extreme Pita restaurants, is expected to be present in approximately 70 Extreme Pita restaurants at closing. System wide sales in Extreme Brandz’ most recent completed fiscal period were over $103 million.
Extreme Brandz currently has Canadian offices in Toronto and Calgary. In addition, it has offices in Scottsdale Arizona, which currently support approximately 40 stores and oversee the operations and the development of the brands in the United States. Employees in Toronto are expected to be relocated to MTY’s existing office in Richmond Hill, while the Calgary and Scottsdale offices are expected to remain as is.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to acquire two brands that enjoy such strong brand equity and that have a significant growth potential in Canada and outside of our borders. This will complement MTY’s current portfolio not only in terms of offering to its customers, but also in terms of geographical location; the 40 stores in the United States will be MTY’s first stores on American territory. The ice is now broken.” said Stanley Ma, CEO of MTY.
The closing of the transaction is scheduled to happen on or before September 17, 2013 and remains subject to several closing conditions as well as to standard regulatory approvals. Following the transaction, Mr. Sean Black , co – founder of Extreme Brandz, will remain with the Company as Chief Development Officer.
“This is an exciting time for MTY and I am honored to have the opportunity to join the team and help develop the incredible potential of the Company. I believe this strategic acquisition by MTY will be very good for the Extreme Brandz franchisees as well as the MTY shareholders. ” said Mr. Black.
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On Behalf of the Board of Directors of MTY Food Group Inc.
Stanley Ma, Chairman, President & CEO
May 23, 2013