Mon, Sep. 26, 3:09 AM
- A consortium formed by KG Group and NHN Entertainment (OTC:NHNEF) has dropped its bid for acquiring McDonald's Korea (NYSE:MCD), Money Today reports.
- Recently, CJ Group dropped out of the race as well, leaving a consortium formed by Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) and Maeil Dairies as the preferred bidder.
- Carlyle has also submitted bids for McDonald's in China and Hong Kong - a deal expected to fetch around $3B.
Fri, Sep. 2, 3:29 AM
- South Korea's Maeil Dairy Industry is considering a bid for acquiring McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) South Korean operations in partnership with the Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG).
- According to investment banking sources, a sale could be worth up to 600B won ($535M).
- Carlyle has also teamed up to bid for McDonald's outlets in China and Hong Kong in a deal worth between $2B-$3B.
Feb. 14, 2015, 10:13 AM
- Craft soda is starting to become a trend to watch closely, according to industry insiders.
- Though still accounting for only ~1% of the total U.S. soda market, major retail chains have increasingly been willing to bet on local craft brands in store aisles.
- The craft craze is old news for the beer industry where coming-of-age millennials buy craft/local beers at a 50% higher rate than brand-loyal older generations. Fading stars such as Budweiser and Bud Light are testament to the impact of the millennial paradigm.
- The craft influence in coffee hasn't been lost on Starbucks which has strategically deployed trucks on college campuses in an effort to win over students.
- Despite the progressive reputation of Starbucks, analysts think new upstarts such as Craft (subscription) and Cups (app) have a shot of gaining influence with the Indie-minded millennial crowd on "customization" and pricing.
- What to watch: An increase in M&A activity in the beverage sector is expected as major companies strategically pick off more local craft brands to incubate.
- Craft beer watch: BUD, OTCPK:SBMRY, TAP, OTCQX:HEINY, SAM, BREW, STZ, OTC:BIBLF, OTCPK:BRBMF.
- Craft coffee watch: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN, QSR, MCD.
- Craft soda watch: PEP, KO, MNST, COT, DPS, OTCQB:JSDA, REED, SODA, FIZZ.