Citic Capital to remain majority shareholder in fast-food chain’s local operation
US private equity investor Carlyle Group is set to earn a large windfall from its sale of a minority stake in the Chinese operations of McDonald’s, marking a rare dealmaking success in the region amid mounting geopolitical tensions.The fast-food restaurant group said it would buy Carlyle’s 28 per cent stake in its Chinese operations, which also span Hong Kong and Macau, in order to rebuild exposure to what has become the restaurant group’s fastest-growing region.
Carlyle is selling its stake for an equity value of $1.8bn, valuing the overall operation at about $6.4bn, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Carlyle has calculated that the deal will make investors more than six times their money, before fees, one of the people said.
Carlyle and McDonald’s declined to comment on the valuation.