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UK restaurant sector could require further mergers and acquisitions advisors

Chains could be a valuable asset as Britons begin to eat out once again

04 October 2010

The British restaurant sector could require more mergers and acquisitions advisors to facilitate the predicted rise in takeover deals.

Britons are beginning to eat out more following the financial crisis, making restaurant chains appear more attractive to both private and public buyers.

Following a death of deals in the £26 billion industry, many restaurant chains are available for a low price and are primed for expansion, further boosting their appeal.

Nicholas Batram, analyst at advisory firm KBC Peel Hunt, told Reuters: "The longer-term growth trends are quite positive for the industry as a whole, and if you have a concept and a brand that has significant presence with consumers, then it's a valuable asset. No question about that."

There are already a number of restaurant chains in the UK which are owned by private-equity firms, including Lion Capital-owned Japanese restaurant Wagamama.

Mintel Global Market Navigator estimates that the UK restaurant industry will be worth £31 billion by 2013, a growth of 17 per cent. 

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