WHY WE LIKE THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY
American consumers spent more eating and drinking at restaurants than on buying groceries for the first time since the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting this monthly data in 1992. According to the Census Bureau’s monthly survey on retail activity in the United States, $50.384 billion was spent at “food services and drinking places” in March 2015, compared to $50.089 billion at grocery stores. The American Census Bureau defines “food services and drinking places” as “establishments that prepare meals, snacks, and beverages to customer order for immediate on-premises and off-premises consumption.” Sales in this category have been steadily increasing for the last five years, with occasional dips from month to month. In March 2015, restaurant sales finally overtook sales at grocery stores for the first time. The Food Service Industry is expected to post sales of $709 Billion in year-end 2015.
We use a combination of equity and debt financing to close on the target transactions while we look to leverage our investor's capital to increase our acquisition buying power. Our acquisition model focuses on mitigating the risk on the "front-end" including: identifying target acquisitions that have been in business for a minimum of five years (no start-ups), a track record of stable cash flow, a good location with heavy foot/vehicle traffic, an established name in its local market, a minimum lease term of at least five years +, and they must have an attractive valuation in the 2 to 4 x earnings range. Our target acquisition structure is 50% cash down with the remaining amount paid to the seller in the form of stock and/or a seller note.
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