Carrols Restaurant Group Inc agreed to buy 278 Burger King restaurants in a cash-and-stock deal that will make the company the biggest Burger King franchisee in the world.

Currently the largest U.S. Burger King franchisee, Carrols will pay $15.8 million in cash and give a 28.9 percent stake in itself to Burger King, the two companies said in a statement.

Carrols, which has been operating Burger King franchises in the United States since 1976, will remodel about 450 restaurants over the next three-and-a-half years as part of the deal.

News of the deal sent Carrols shares up as much as 14 percent to $14.25 — their highest in more than four years.

The deal is conditioned on the spin-off of Carrols’ Fiesta restaurant business, and the company’s ability to refinance its credit facility, among other things.

Originally posted by Cris Zimermann on March 27, 2012 in Franchise Site.


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