BURGER KING® Franchisee Yi-Ko Holding GmbH Acquires Company-Owned BURGER KING® Restaurants in Germany

  BURGER KING® Franchisee Yi-Ko Holding GmbH Acquires Company-Owned BURGER
  KING® Restaurants in Germany

Acquisition Part of Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s Global Refranchising Strategy
                and Includes Development Commitment in Germany

Business Wire

MIAMI & MUNICH, Germany -- May 2, 2013

Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:BKW) today announced the sale of its
wholly-owned subsidiary Burger King GmbH and its 91 company-owned BURGER
KING^® restaurants in Germany to Yi-Ko Holding GmbH, owned and operated by Mr.
Ergün Yildiz and Mr. Alexander Kolobov. As part of the transaction, Yi-Ko
Holding GmbH has agreed to develop new BURGER KING® restaurants during the
next five years and remodel an additional 57 BURGER KING^® restaurants during
the next 18 months.

“Germany is our biggest market outside of the U.S. and we believe that this
country still offers significant potential for the BURGER KING^® brand. The
experience of Ergün Yildiz, a long-standing restaurant operator in Germany
with a strong commitment to the brand for more than a decade, and his
partnership with Alexander Kolobov are huge assets to accelerate the
modernization and growth of the BURGER KING^® brand in Germany,” said José
Cil, president, EMEA, BKW.

“Alexander Kolobov has been the driving force behind the spectacular expansion
of BURGER KING® restaurants in Russia during the past three years. We are
confident that the combination of Alex’s and Ergün`s expertise in operating
restaurants and the expansion of the restaurant network will greatly improve
the presence and the perception of the BURGER KING^® brand in Germany,” added
Andreas Bork, vice president & general manager, DACH region, Burger King
Beteiligungs GmbH.

Ergün Yildiz, chief executive officer of Yi-Ko Holding GmbH stated, “We are
excited about the opportunity to become the biggest BURGER KING^® franchisee
in Germany and the major contributor to the brand’s growth in this important
market. We are committed to investing heavily in the remodeling of the
existing restaurant portfolio and to significantly expand the restaurant
network in the coming years.” Alexander Kolobov added, “There is still a lot
of room for growth in the German market. Together with my partner Ergün Yildiz
and with the BURGER KING^® team, we are committed to capturing this potential
and to significantly grow the footprint of the BURGER KING® brand in Germany.”

Further commenting on this transaction, Andreas Bork emphasized the company’s
commitment to the German market: “Germany is one of the most important markets
worldwide. Through the partnership with Yi-Ko Holding GmbH our brand is better
positioned than ever to take advantage of the numerous growth opportunities in
this country. Together with our more than 160 franchise partners in Germany,
we will continue on our path towards becoming the most profitable QSR player.”

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are often
identified by the words “may,” “might,” “believes,” “thinks,” “anticipates,”
“plans,” “expects”, “intends” or similar expressions, and include statements
regarding BKW’s expectations regarding the growth opportunities in Germany,
the ability of Yi-Ko Holding GmbH to capitalize on these opportunities and
rapidly expand the presence of the BURGER KING^® brand in this country and the
ability of BKW to become the most profitable QSR player. These forward-looking
statements may be affected by risks and uncertainties in BKW’s business and
market conditions. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary
statements and risk factor disclosure contained in filings made by BKW with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on
Form 10-K. BKW wishes to caution readers that certain important factors may
have affected and could in the future affect BKW’s actual results and could
cause BKW’s actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from
those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of BKW,
including the risk that Yi-Ko Holding GmbH will not be successful in opening
BURGER KING^® restaurants in Germany or that the opportunities to open
restaurants in these country will decline. BKW undertakes no obligation to
update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the
date hereof.

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 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million
guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99
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 YI-KO HOLDING GmbH

Yi-Ko Holding GmbH is based in Stade, Germany. Ergün Yildiz and Alexander
Kolobov are 50/50 shareholders in Yi-Ko Holding GmbH.

Contact:

For Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
Miguel Piedra, 305-378-7277
Global Communications
mediainquiries@whopper.com
or
BURGER KING® contact in Germany:
Michaela Kralovska, Ass. Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, EMEA
Emanate Press office:
TELEFON: 089 / 12 44 50
MAIL: burgerking@emanatepr.com
or
For Yi-Ko Holding GmbH:
Info@burgerking-gmbh.org
 
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