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Franchise Growth Expected to Accelerate

The franchise sector is expected to grow at its fastest rate in five years, according to a pair of reports released today by the franchise information firm Frandata and IHS Global Insight. The primary reason: an improved lending environment.

Faris Lee Completes Sale of LA Fitness-Occupied Properties


Aaron's Hires Goldman Sachs

Rent-to-own franchise Aaron's has hired Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a financial advisor. The company is under pressure from a shareholder, Vintage Capital Management, that wants to buy the company for $30.50 a share.

Merchant Cash & Capital’s Technological Leap


Finance Company Adds New Products to Meet Needs


Aaron's Gets A Buyout Bid

Aaron's, the furniture and electronics leasing retailer based in Atlanta, has received a buyout offer from Orlando-based Vintage Capital Management—which owns another rent-to-own chain in the Southeast. It is also a large shareholder in the company.

Big Taco Bell Franchisee Gets Bigger

The big Taco Bell franchisee Tacala is getting even bigger. The company's owner, Altamont Capital Partners, said this week that it has bought the 80-unit Taco Bell franchisee Austaco.

Investor Group Buys DQ Franchisee

Eagle Merchant Partners, the Atlanta-based mid-market private equity firm, has bought Texas-based Vasari LLC, the second largest franchisee in the Dairy Queen system.

Want A Sales Boost? Put Up Christmas Lights

It pays to be festive. Golden Corral asked some franchisees to put lights on their restaurants at Christmastime, and the result was enlightening: a 5-percent boost in sales.

That Secret Loan: The 504


The Problem With Earnings Claims

When a franchise includes an earnings claim on its FDD, the information can give franchisees an idea of how much money their business can make. The problem? The numbers shouldn't be used as projections in a loan application.

Infinity Franchise Capital Is Sold

Pacific Premier Bancorp, the Irvine, California-based bank, is making a major move into franchise lending with the acquisition of Infinity Franchise Capital. Pacific will pay $16 million in cash and stock for Infinity.

Franchises Growing Faster Than Economy

The franchise business model added just more than 25,000 jobs in October, according to the latest ADP National Franchise Report. That's about 20 percent of the total private job creation that month.

Shutdown Halts SBA Lending

SBA lending has ground to a halt, thanks to the week-long government shutdown. That's keeping an estimated $96 million in loans from being approved every day, including more than $10 million in franchise loans.

GE Capital Funds Wendy's Remodels

GE Capital, Franchise Finance said this morning that it has provided Wendy's with a $100 million financing program to fund the chain's remodel program. The loans will go to qualified franchisees that update their restaurants.

Franchises Keep Outpacing Labor Markets

Companies that franchise keep adding jobs at a rate faster than that of the broader labor markets. The latest ADP National Franchise Report found that franchises, led by restaurants and auto parts dealers, added 16,160 jobs last month.

Small Business Lending Surges

Small business lending from big banks reached a high of 17.6 percent in August, according to the latest small business lending index from the online lending site Biz2Credit.com. The figure confirms that the lending market continues to improve.

Re/Max Wants To Go Public

Re/Max, the Colorado-based real estate franchise, has filed documents with the SEC saying that it wants to go public—as official an indication as one can get that the housing market is coming back.

ADP: Franchise Job Growth Slows

The number of U.S. franchise jobs slowed in July, mostly due to a big slowdown in the increase in restaurant jobs that typically lead the sector.

How to Avoid Social Media Disasters

Amid yet another story of an employee of a franchise restaurant chain posting disgusting pictures on the Internet, here are some tips for brands and operators on how to avoid such disasters. If they can.

Restaurants Continue To Lead Franchise Hiring

Franchises added nearly 28,000 jobs in June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. Most of them were in restaurants.

Buoyed by Lending, the Franchise Sector Surges

Two reports out today shows that the franchise business model is doing OK. In one, the human resources firm ADP said that franchise jobs grew by more than 19,000 in May. Meanwhile, the SBA lending newsletter the Coleman Report said that SBA loans to jumped by 60 percent.

RBS Citizens leads $98 million financing for Yum! franchisee


Bruster's Real Ice Cream Heads Inside


Want Successful Franchisees? Charge Higher Franchise Fees

Lower franchise fees don't translate into successful franchisees, but lower royalties might. That was one big takeaway from an interesting study by FranData presented at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference.

Should Franchisors Do Lending Programs?

More franchise systems have been using lending programs in recent years to help their operators get financing. But it's not for everybody, according to our recent Franchise Finance & Growth Conference

A Little Perspective on SBA Lending

SBA lending is better than it was during the depths of the recession, but it still remains a long way off from where it was during the financial heyday of the mid-2000s.

Franchise Lending Increasing Again

Franchise lending increased nearly 3 percent in March, according to the Franchise Lending Index from the International Franchise Association and the online lending site BoeFly.

Find a franchise and financing in one stop


Red Mango Starts Franchise Incentive Program


La Madeleine Starts Franchising


Bennigan's Comeback Gets A Big Boost


Smoothie King Expands Its Franchisee Search


There Aren't Enough Franchise Deals


Apple American Branches Out

Apple American Group has done just fine by focusing on one concept, Applebee's. It's done so well that it could well be the largest restaurant franchise in the country. So why is Greg Flynn now getting into Taco Bell? "It's simple math," said Flynn, CEO of the San Francisco-based Apple American Group. "If you add 10 units from a base of 10, that's good growth. If you add 10 from a basis of 480, it's not." The upshot: if Flynn's company was to maintain a strong growth rate, it needed to get into something else. So two years ago, the company started taking a comprehensive look at the restaurant industry and ultimately concluded that Taco Bell was a good bet, thanks largely to its lack of direct competition in the ultracompetitive restaurant market.

Give 'em comfort: Franchisor outlines his concept for the banks

Bin There Dump That got the rare opportunity to give the best information about their concept in front of a group of bankers. How'd that happen?

How Subway's Growth Keeps Accelerating


More Modest Improvement For The Franchise Sector

Franchising may finally be feeling its post-recessionary boost. One of the more overlooked signs of the severity of the recent recession was its impact on the franchise business sector. Traditionally, franchising grows with recessions as the unemployed seek business opportunities and are fueled by readily available credit thanks to a government that keeps interest rates low, fueling lending. That didn't happen this time: the number of franchise locations fell three straight years from 2009 through 2011, including a 3.5-percent decline in 2009.

Brentwood Sells Pizza Hut Franchisee


Déjà vu: Lending getting competitive—again

We've been this way before. Lending is heating up and good credits are dictating terms.

Wells Fargo Still Top SBA Lender


Papa Murphy's Gets A Financing Boost


Personality Counts: Credit Decisions Begin with First Impressions


Mr. Handyman Tries Incentives To Lure Franchisees


Hertz Completes Its Dollar Thrifty Deal


Pine Tree Equity Buys Fast-Fix


Fatburger Owner Settles Lawsuit With Its Lender

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