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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.
06.19.2014

Faris Lee Completes Sale of LA Fitness-Occupied Properties

03.14.2014

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.
03.07.2014

Merchant Cash & Capital’s Technological Leap

02.18.2014

Finance Company Adds New Products to Meet Needs

02.17.2014

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.
02.07.2014

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.
12.19.2013

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.
12.17.2013

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.
12.05.2013

That Secret Loan: The 504

11.27.2013

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.
11.26.2013

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.
11.18.2013

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.
11.15.2013

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.
10.07.2013

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.
09.25.2013

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.
09.18.2013

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.
09.11.2013

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.
08.19.2013

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.
08.14.2013

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.
07.24.2013

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.
07.17.2013

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.
06.20.2013

RBS Citizens leads $98 million financing for Yum! franchisee

06.07.2013

Bruster's Real Ice Cream Heads Inside

05.23.2013

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.
04.26.2013

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
04.26.2013

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.
04.18.2013

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.
04.11.2013

Find a franchise and financing in one stop

04.03.2013

Red Mango Starts Franchise Incentive Program

03.13.2013

La Madeleine Starts Franchising

03.05.2013

Bennigan's Comeback Gets A Big Boost

02.20.2013

Smoothie King Expands Its Franchisee Search

02.11.2013

There Aren't Enough Franchise Deals

02.11.2013

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.
01.24.2013

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?
01.10.2013

How Subway's Growth Keeps Accelerating

01.08.2013

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.
01.03.2013

Brentwood Sells Pizza Hut Franchisee

01.02.2013

Déjà vu: Lending getting competitive—again

We've been this way before. Lending is heating up and good credits are dictating terms.
12.21.2012

Wells Fargo Still Top SBA Lender

12.19.2012

Papa Murphy's Gets A Financing Boost

12.13.2012

Personality Counts: Credit Decisions Begin with First Impressions

12.11.2012

Mr. Handyman Tries Incentives To Lure Franchisees

12.05.2012

Hertz Completes Its Dollar Thrifty Deal

11.20.2012

Pine Tree Equity Buys Fast-Fix

11.08.2012

Fatburger Owner Settles Lawsuit With Its Lender

11.08.2012
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