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Franchise Growth Expected to Accelerate

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

Faris Lee Completes Sale of LA Fitness-Occupied Properties

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Aaron's Hires Goldman Sachs

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.

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Merchant Cash & Capital’s Technological Leap

Merchant Cash & Capital’s Technological Leap

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Finance Company Adds New Products to Meet Needs

Finance Company Adds New Products to Meet Needs

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Aaron's Gets A Buyout Bid

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.

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Big Taco Bell Franchisee Gets Bigger

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.

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Investor Group Buys DQ Franchisee

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.

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Want A Sales Boost? Put Up Christmas Lights

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.

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That Secret Loan: The 504

That Secret Loan: The 504

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The Problem With Earnings Claims

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.

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Infinity Franchise Capital Is Sold

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.

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Franchises Growing Faster Than Economy

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.

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Shutdown Halts SBA Lending

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.

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GE Capital Funds Wendy's Remodels

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.

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Franchises Keep Outpacing Labor Markets

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.

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Small Business Lending Surges

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.

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Re/Max Wants To Go Public

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.

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ADP: Franchise Job Growth Slows

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.

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How to Avoid Social Media Disasters

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.

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News, notes and commentary on franchise financing, including SBA lending, both the SBA 7(a) program and the SBA 504 program, franchise finance programs, development incentives, big deals and startup lending.

  Mary Jo Larson is the publisher of Franchise Times Magazine and its sister publication, the Restaurant Finance Monitor. She is a frequent speaker at meetings and conferences, and at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference. You can find her on Twitter at @mlarson1011.
  Reporter Jonathan Maze covers restaurants and finance for Franchise Times. He also writes for our sister publication, The Restaurant Finance Monitor, and writes a daily blog on the restaurant industry at www.restfinance.com. You can also catch him on Twitter at @jonathanmaze.

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