Burger King Worldwide Continues Its Aggressive Global Expansion Plans with a
New Franchise Agreement in Colombia
BURGER KING® Brand Presence in Colombia Will Grow Five Fold Within The Next
MIAMI & BOGOTA, Colombia -- October 23, 2012
Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) today announced an exclusive restaurant
development agreement with Fondo Escala Capital and Promotora to further
develop the BURGER KING^® brand in Colombia by more than 100 new points of
sale within the next five years. As part of the transaction, Fondo Escala
Capital and Promotora have agreed to acquire a majority stake in Kinco,
S.A.S., currently a franchisee of Burger King Worldwide.
"Colombia’s economy is thriving and we believe this is a valuable market in
our strategic mission to expand our footprint in the Latin America and
Caribbean region,” stated Jose Tomas, president, Latin America and Caribbean,
Burger King Worldwide. “There is a tremendous opportunity to grow the BURGER
KING^® brand in Colombia and this deal is an important step in realizing that
President of Promotora Francisco Mira said, “This is a great opportunity for
our fund to invest in ahigh growth potential business that represents a
worldwide successful brand such as BURGER KING^® with its superior quality
Burger King Worldwide entered Colombia in 2008 and the BURGER KING^® brand
currently enjoys a strong consumer following throughout Latin America and the
Caribbean with a presence in 29 countries across the region and approximately
1,250 restaurants in the region.
ABOUT BURGER KING WORLDWIDE
Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food
hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER
KING® system operates in over 12,600 locations serving over 11 million guests
daily in 86 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 94 percent of
BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees,
many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades.
To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company's website
at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT FONDO ESCALA
Fondo Escala Capital is a Colombian private equity fund managed by Promotora.
The fund partners with skilled management teams to capitalize successful
businesses with high growth potential and product differentiation. With this
deal Fondo Escala Capital completes the investment in its fifth portfolio
company. The funds come from pension funds, insurance companies, development
banks and institutional investors, and are trusted to Valores Bancolombia.
Promotora is a company founded in 1987 based in Medellin, Colombia, dedicated
to organize, mobilize and manage resources investment to facilitate the
creation and growth of SMEs in Colombia through its units of Investment
Banking and Fund Management. Promotora currently manages a venture capital
fund investing in early stage companies and a growth private equity fund
investing in SMEs. The funds managed by Promotora have a value of around U.S.
Burger King Worldwide
Miguel Piedra, 305-378-7277
Vice President, Global Communications and Culture
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