McDonald’s to Boost Stake in China Operation, Acquiring Carlyle’s 28% Share

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McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is set to acquire Carlyle Group’s 28% ownership stake in the strategic partnership overseeing its business in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Previously held by Carlyle, this minority ownership stake will now be absorbed by McDonald’s, increasing its stake from 20% to 48%. The controlling ownership stake of 52% will continue to be held by the China International Trust Investment Corporation (CITIC) Consortium, specifically through its private equity affiliate Trustar Capital.

This strategic transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close in Q1 2024, positions McDonald’s as a minority partner with an increased stake, emphasizing the company’s commitment to its second-largest market. The move aims to leverage growing demand patterns and capitalize on the long-term potential of this rapidly expanding market.

The announcement of the acquisition resulted in a 1.2% increase in McDonald’s shares during trading hours on November 20.

McDonald’s has sustained growth through product innovation and global expansion, earning billion-dollar brand status. The successful execution of strategies like Accelerating the Arches has driven growth, with global comparable sales reaching 8.8% in the third quarter of 2023. The company’s emphasis on digital initiatives, campaigns, and loyalty programs is expected to further drive sales and average checks in the future.

This move reflects McDonald’s confidence in the potential of the Chinese market and its ongoing efforts to strengthen its position in key regions globally.

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