September 12, 2014 / 12:06 AM / 4 years ago

Blackstone to sell Burger King locations to franchisee -Bloomberg

Sept 11 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP plans to sell about 260 Burger King Worldwide Inc locations owned by a unit in the U.S. Midwest to Texas-based fast-food franchisee Houston Foods Inc, Bloomberg reported.

Blackstone has agreed to sell the restaurants for less than $100 million as it tries to cut exposure to an increasingly sluggish fast-food industry, the report said quoting an unidentified source. (

Blackstone’s Illinois-based Heartland Food Corp owns about 330 Burger King locations in eight Midwestern states, the report said.

Heartland, Houston Foods and Burger King were not immediately available for the comment.

Private equity firm Blackstone acquired Heartland along with hedge fund GSO Capital in 2008.

Burger King said last month it would buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc to create the third-largest quick service restaurant group with sales of about $23 billion.

The hamburger chain’s global comparable-store sales has grown under 1 percent in the last five quarters. It operates over 13, 000 locations worldwide through its independent franchisees.

Burger King’s shares closed down 1.8 percent at $30.82 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. (Reporting by Shailaja Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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