Oaktree, JHR invest $47 mln in restaurant franchisor Foodtastic

Montréal-based restaurant franchising business Foodtastic Inc has secured a $47 million investment from Restaurant Royalty Partners (RRP).

RRP is a joint venture of U.S. private investment firms Oaktree Capital Management and JHR Capital.

Founded in 2011 by President and CEO Peter Mammas, CDO Lawrence Mammas and COO and CMO Jacques Gaspo, Foodtastic is a franchisor of several restaurant concepts, including La Belle et La Boeuf, Carlos & Pepe’s, Souvlaki Bar, Nickels and Bacaro.

The company has more than 40 restaurants and annualized sales of $100 million.

Foodtastic said the partnership with Oaktree and JHR will accelerate its acquisition strategy and support organic growth, which includes a plan for opening 18 new restaurants in 2019.


Foodtastic Receives $47 Million Investment

MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Foodtastic Inc. (“Foodtastic”) is pleased to announce that it has received a $47 million investment from Restaurant Royalty Partners, a joint venture between funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”) and JHR Capital LLC (“JHR Capital”).

Peter Mammas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foodtastic, said, “Our partnership with Restaurant Royalty Partners marks an exciting next step in our company’s growth. This capital will accelerate Foodtastic’s strategy of acquiring brands with strong potential for growth.”

In addition, Foodtastic will continue its organic growth plan, which has seen 13 new restaurants open in 2018, with 18 planned for 2019.

Alex Taubman, Senior Vice President for Oaktree, said, “Peter and his team at Foodtastic have a strong track record of value creation. They have built a high quality business and we look forward to partnering to support the next stage of the company’s growth.”

Jordan Rubin, Managing Member for JHR Capital, said, “We are very excited to partner with Foodtastic. We believe the brands have great potential and are confident that management will continue to grow the company organically and find quality restaurant concepts to acquire.”

About Foodtastic

Foodtastic is a Quebec-based franchisor of multiple restaurant concepts including, La Belle et La Boeuf, Carlos & Pepe’s, Souvlaki Bar, Nickels, and Bacaro. Foodtastic is a leader in the restaurant franchising business in Quebec with over 40 restaurants and $100 million in annualised sales.

About Oaktree

Oaktree is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments, with $124 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2018. The firm emphasizes an opportunistic, value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments in credit, private equity, real assets and listed equities. The firm has over 900 employees and offices in 18 cities worldwide. For additional information, please visit Oaktree’s website at http://www.oaktreecapital.com/

About JHR Capital

JHR Capital employs an opportunistic approach to investing in public and private markets. JHR Capital is managed by Jordan Rubin. Prior to JHR Capital, Jordan was a partner and member of the investment team at Pershing Square Capital Management.

For further information: Peter Mammas, President & CEO – Foodtastic, Tel: 514.691.5050, 2365 rue Guenette, St Laurent QC, www.foodtastic.ca