The Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Chile-based Gastronomía & Negocios S.A, a franchisor of quick-service restaurants. The sellers were the Duch and Fuenzalida families, both of which will retain a 25 percent stake in the company. No financial terms were disclosed.
Santiago, Chile – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced the acquisition of 75 percent of Gastronomía & Negocios S.A., Chile’s largest franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSR) with strong proprietary brands such as Doggis, Juan Maestro, Mamut and Tommy Beans, from the Duch and Fuenzalida families, who retain a 25 percent stake in the company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Marco Peschiera, Managing Director and Head of the Carlyle Peru Fund team (CPF), commented, “We are excited to acquire a company with robust and established brands, strong consumer loyalty, excellent franchisee relationships, and at the same time to partner with a prestigious group of entrepreneurs and outstanding management team, who have contributed to the consolidation of G&N’s leadership position in Chile. We are also confident in the growth prospects of G&N.” Sebastian Barriga, Vice President on the CPF team, who coordinates Carlyle’s efforts in this investment, said, “We are honored to become part of this staple of Chilean food culture, as well as to partner with G&N’s network of franchisees who are instrumental in this success.”
G&N is a company with 30+ years of history, more than 320 stores throughout Chile, restaurant-wide revenues of more than US$150 million and with more than 3,000 direct employees. The company is a pioneer in the development and consolidation of the franchise model in Chile, currently operating with 70+ franchisees. G&N was established in 1983 by Duch brothers Ricardo, Juan Sebastián and Cristian, along with Oscar Fuenzalida.
Equity for the investment came from the Carlyle Peru Fund.
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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $169 billion of assets under management across 125 funds and 177 fund of funds vehicles as of September 30, 2016. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 35 offices across six continents.