Canada approves Burger King’s bid for Tim Hortons: Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s government on Thursday approved Burger King Worldwide’s (BKW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) C$12.64 billion ($11.10 billion) takeover of coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc (THI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which will create a new company based north of the border.

Burger King had agreed to buy the iconic Canadian company in August in a transaction that would create the world’s third-largest fast-food restaurant group, but the cash-and-stock deal was subject to approval by regulators.

“The result of this transaction is this new global company … which will now be based in Canada,” Industry Minister James Moore said in a statement.

“Our government is pleased to see companies like Burger King investing in Canada’s economy and looking to benefit from our low taxes and open markets.”

Moore said that after a review of the deal, Burger King had agreed to a number of commitments, including setting up the headquarters in Oakville, Ontario, and listing the company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Tim Hortons will be managed as a distinct brand, and at least half of the members of the brand’s board will be Canadians.

Burger King has also agreed to expand Tim Hortons by opening new restaurants at a significantly greater pace than currently planned both in the United States and globally.

Canada’s Competition Bureau gave its stamp of approval to the deal in October.