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Restaurant Acquisitions: What To Think About

Watching some restaurant franchisee network acquisition efforts underway currently, a number of common issues seem to be emerging. The need to get to the price right is enormous. Buying more restaurants is as final of a decision as is picking a site, signing a franchise agreement or building a new unit. You’ve got only one change to get it right.All five of the points below have been noted in restaurant acquisition efforts underway currently.Compose cross checks on the sales and cash flow…See More
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Restaurant Financial Analysis: EBBADABADOO is a limited metric

Limitations of EBITDA as a Meaningful Financial MetricIn the restaurant finance world, the big number is the EBITDA—EBBADABADOO as some call it. EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and is really a sub-total to the income statement. It is earnings without any charges for cost of funds, taxes or capital spending.EBITDA’s use began popularized as a credit metric, used in the 1980s M&A and credit analysis world—to test for adequacy of debt coverage. EBITDA…See More
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Fast Casual Rush to the Middle

Fast Casual the Rush To The Middle Driving Non-Traditional Meal Occasions    By Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru, at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®  and John Gordon              Restaurant Customer Migration ExpandingFive years from now chain restaurant leaders will be attending the National Restaurant Show in Chicago networking, learning and laughing aloud about the money they wasted sending employees to Fast Casual Summits.…See More
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Publicly Traded Chain Restaurants: What To Look For in 2013

The restaurant space will be interesting in 2013. Sales issues, cost issues, expansion issues, franchisee issues. There are still too many restaurants in the US and x-US markets sales increases have slowed. The two industry leaders, McDonald’s (MCD) and Darden (DRI), are both somewhat in the penalty box and under pressure. Here are our thoughts on 2013 issues and opportunities.  Comps Cliff Coming: In looking at 2013, its likely restaurants will get off to a bad start. In Q4 and Q1 2013, the…See More
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Publicly Traded Chain Restaurants: What To Look For in 2013

The restaurant space will be interesting in 2013. Sales issues, cost issues, expansion issues, franchisee issues. There are still too many restaurants in the US and x-US markets sales increases have slowed. The two industry leaders, McDonald’s (MCD) and Darden (DRI), are both somewhat in the penalty box and under pressure. Here are our thoughts on 2013 issues and opportunities.  Comps Cliff Coming: In looking at 2013, its likely restaurants will get off to a bad start. In Q4 and Q1 2013, the…See More
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John A. Gordon is Principal and founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group, an association of service sector senior management professionals providing analytical, research and management consulting expertise. Gordon has a track record of success in over thirty years experience in business, spanning roles from hourly associate to Chief Financial Officer, to management consultant.

The Group focuses on providing research, analysis and business intelligence for those who need to know about chain restaurant operators. Our hallmark is fact-based insight, independent research and analysis, free of any possible conflicts of interest, so you get the unvarnished truth.

The Group does research, due diligence, expert and consulting witness projects and business improvement projects for clients who need who need creative, detailed and effective input, to make decisions.

Please see our website, at www.pacificmanagementconsultinmggroup.com, and www.seekingalpha.com/author/john-gordon/latest for chain restaurant sector real time analysis and commentary.

Complementing his management consulting experience, Gordon has a track record of success with several hospitality and restaurant companies in a variety of operational and financial management roles. A brief career summary follows:

· Management Consulting: Principal and Senior Associate with two firms. Specialized in restaurant sector engagements, primarily in new business start-up, due diligence, operations (margin improvement, revenue enhancement, menu development, cost reduction, training), financial management (budgeting, planning, IT, etc.) and human resources engagements.
· Chief Financial Officer, $700M international hospitality operator.
· Cost/Operations Analyst for $625M NYSE listed family dining chain
· General Manager and Multi-Unit Supervisor, quick service restaurant and NYSE listed family dining operation.

Gordon is an expert in financial management, operations, management systems, benchmarking and performance measurement, and is an expert in restaurant economics. He was admitted to the Standard and Poor’s Society of Industry Leaders, Gerson Lehman Consumer Products Council, and the Round Table of Experts Associations. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

He and his partners can be reached at: (619) 379-5561 (voice), email: jgordon@pacificmanagementconsultinggroup.com
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Restaurant Acquisitions: What To Think About

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:25am 0 Comments

Watching some restaurant franchisee network acquisition efforts underway currently, a number of common issues seem to be emerging. The need to get to the price right is enormous. Buying more restaurants is as final of a decision as is picking a site, signing a franchise agreement or building a new unit. You’ve got only one change to get it right.

All five of the points below have been noted in restaurant acquisition efforts underway currently.

Compose cross checks on the…

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Restaurant Financial Analysis: EBBADABADOO is a limited metric

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:48am 0 Comments

Limitations of EBITDA as a Meaningful Financial Metric

In the restaurant finance world, the big number is the EBITDA—EBBADABADOO as some call it. EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and is really a sub-total to the income statement. It is earnings without any charges for cost of funds, taxes or capital spending.

EBITDA’s use began popularized as a credit metric, used in the 1980s M&A and credit analysis world—to…

Continue

Fast Casual Rush to the Middle

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:06am 0 Comments

Fast Casual the Rush To The Middle Driving Non-Traditional Meal Occasions    

By Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru, at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®  and John Gordon

             

 Restaurant Customer Migration Expanding

Five years from now chain restaurant leaders will be attending the National Restaurant Show in Chicago networking, learning and…

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Publicly Traded Chain Restaurants: What To Look For in 2013

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 9:49am 0 Comments

The restaurant space will be interesting in 2013. Sales issues, cost issues, expansion issues, franchisee issues. There are still too many restaurants in the US and x-US markets sales increases have slowed. The two industry leaders, McDonald’s (MCD) and Darden (DRI), are both somewhat in the penalty box and under pressure. Here are our thoughts on 2013 issues and opportunities.  

Comps Cliff Coming: In looking at 2013, its likely restaurants will get off to a bad start. In Q4…

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What Restaurants Must Fix Operationally in 2013

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 12:41pm 1 Comment

 

Restaurant sector challenges of negative same store sales comparables, consumer unease, rising food commodity costs and some magnitude of increased heath care costs emanating from Obama Care appeared in 2012. The same issues will be present in 2013.

But all is not lost. There are initiatives that can offset the negatives. Here are thoughts of what restaurants, both chain operators and independents, of all stripes, simply have to fix in 2013 operationally to meet these…

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