Buy, Spin, Repeat?

What franchisees should remember about Dunkin’s prior history as a private-equity-owned brand For many, 2020 will be a year to forget. But for the restaurant conglomerate Inspire Brands, it will be a year to remember. Having spent billions to acquire Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins, Inspire has a tall – or Grande – order to fill:…

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As Private Equity Cashes Out, What’s Next for DNKN?

  After six year of ownership, the trio of private equity (PE) firms that purchased Dunkin’ Brands for $2.4 billion, has effectively cashed out their remaining 30 percent stake. Bain Capital, Carlyle and TH Lee took a $500 million stock buyback in July 2012; the trio had already cashed out their investment through stock sales…

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Two Bain Capital Partners Get an Early Holiday Gift from Dunkin’ Brands

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports that Dunkin’ Brands(DNKN) is brewing a cup of holiday cheer for a pair of private equity investors at Boston’s Bain Capital. Bain managing directors Andrew Balson and Mark Nunnelly are among a selkect group of executives, former executives and directors who are free to sell shares they personally hold in the company as of Wednesday – about two months ahead of scheduled end of a lock-up period on such sales.

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Dunkin’ Brands Could Make Public Debut This Year

Jenn Abelson of the Boston Globe reports that the Canton owner of Dunkin’ Donuts is weighing a roughly $500 million initial public offering in the second half of the year. The talks are still in the early stages and a bank has not yet been selected to lead the IPO, said the officials, who declined…

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Dunkin’ Brands Considering $500 Million IPO

Dunkin’ Brands is considering raising around $500 million in an initial public offering (IPO), Reuters reports. The IPO by Dunkin’ Brands, which owns Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, may be launched in the second half of 2011.

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Ambac Regulator Wins Support From Dunkin Brands on Plan

Jody Shenn of BusinessWeek reports that Ambac Financial Group Inc.’s regulator won support from Dunkin Brands Inc., Sonic Corp. and Hertz Corp. as he seeks to overcome objections from some of the insurer’s clients to his plan to rehabilitate the second-largest bond guarantor

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Policing Private Equity

The private equity business is one of a handful of segments of the financial markets that isn’t emerging as a major focus for reform among Washington policymakers. True, there has been some discussion about taxing the industry’s profits at a higher rate, which is moving forward in the House in a proposal by Senator Carl Levin and Senator Max Baucus. But compared with the historic bank regulation that the Senate passed on Thursday, private equity funds and their managers have escaped the populist storm relatively unscathed, even if they will spend much of the next five years trying to refinance hundreds of billions of dollars of debt in a more difficult environment.

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CKE Restaurants to Be Acquired by Apollo Affiliate

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that CKE Restaurants Inc., operator of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains, said it will sell itself to an affiliate of Apollo Management LP for $12.55 a share in cash, or about $694 million.

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