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Groupe Bertrand and Qualium Investissement entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Quick Group

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Groupe BERTRAND is a French, entrepreneurial, family-owned group and one of the leading player in the restaurant sector in France. The Group is the majority shareholder of BURGER KING® France, a BURGER KING® master franchise joint venture partner. Pro forma for the transaction, the group will become the second largest quick service restaurant (QSR) company in France.

In France, Quick restaurants will be progressively converted to BURGER KING® restaurants while the Quick brand will be maintained in Belgium, Luxemburg and outside of Europe.

This operation is subject to regulatory and unions approval and to the arrangement of its bond documentation. The transaction is estimated to close by the end of the year.

Olivier Bertrand, President and founder of Groupe BERTRAND, commented, “I am extremely excited about this opportunity, which will speed up the development process of BURGER KING® in France and lead to higher growth rates. We believe that the talent blending of these two brands will draw the new features of the fast food industry in France in the coming years. We trust in Cedric Dugardin, the team and the sub-franchisees to participate in this ambitious project.”

“QUALIUM Investissement has been supporting QUICK brand’s roll-out since 2007. The discussions we have had with Groupe BERTRAND have allowed to establish a solid business project with strong development forecast, in order to create a new key player in the restaurant industry”, said Jean Eichenlaub, President of QUALIUM Investissement.

About Quick Groupe

Quick Group is a European QSR group operating mainly in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. With a total headcount of 19.000 people, the Group operated 495 restaurants as of December 31, 2014. In 2014, Quick Group generated system-wide sales of 1.029 billion.
For further information, please visit 
www.quick.fr 

About Groupe BERTRAND

Groupe Bertrand is a family group led by founder Olivier Bertrand that develops and operates restaurants, hotels and beverage distribution companies, generating 2015 system-wide sales of 600 million. Within the restaurant sector, Groupe Bertrand operates luxury dining, traditional dining, quick service restaurants and concession stands. The firm is the majority shareholder of BURGER KING® France, a BURGER KING®master franchise joint venture partner. Notable brands owned by Groupe Bertrand include BURGER KING®, Au Bureau, Café Leffe, Angelina, La Brasserie Lipp, Le Saint-James Paris and The Relais Christine. Groupe Bertrand was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

For additional information, please visit www.groupebertrand.com About QUALIUM Investissement

QUALIUM Investissement is a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts operating in the non-public sector market. Authorised by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF), it manages capital for third-party investors in France and other countries. Founded in 1998, QUALIUM Investissement manages 1.2 billion in funds provided by its sponsor, the Caisse des Dépôts, and over 40 third- party French and foreign subscribers. Since its creation, it has invested in some 60 companies across a large spectrum of industries (manufacturing, agro-food, specialty retailing, engineering, etc.).

For more information, check: www.qualium-investissement.com About BURGER KING® France

BURGER KING® France is a BURGER KING®master franchise joint venture partner that develops and operates BURGER KING® restaurants in France. The company is primarily owned by Groupe Bertrand, a French entrepreneurial family group. Restaurant Brands International Inc., the owner of the BURGER KING® brand, retains a minority stake in BURGER KING® France. BURGER KING® France will count 50 restaurants by the end of 2015 in France. The company was formed in 2013 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

For additional information, please visit www.bk.com 

Press Contacts
Press contact for BURGER KING® France - HOPSCOTCH PARIS agency

Mathieu Morel – mmorel@hopscotch.fr – +33 (6) 08 70 63 61

Press contact For Quick – Brunswick agency

Agnès Catineau - quick@brunswickgroup.com - +33 (0)1 53 96 83 83

Press contact for Groupe BERTRAND - HOPSCOTCH PARIS agency

Mathieu Morel – mmorel@hopscotch.fr – +33 (6) 08 70 63 61

Press contact for Qualium – Shan agency

Arnaud Monnin - +33 (1) 44 50 51 77 / +33 (6) 24 76 83 40

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