Owner of Tim Hortons looks at buying China health food restaurant chain Wagas – Toronto Star

Oakville-based Restaurant Brands International, owner of Tim Hortons, along with Yum China Holdings Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corp. are looking at bidding on Chinese healthy food and bakery chain Wagas.

By Bloomberg

Tue., Nov. 9, 20211 min. read

Oakville-based Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Tim Hortons and Burger King, is among three fast-food holding company giants looking at bidding on Chinese health food and bakery chain Wagas, according to people familiar with the matter.

Yum China Holdings Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corp. are also kicking the tires, along with interest from private equity firms, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The owners of the business, whose sales are expected to reach close to 1.2 billion yuan ($188 million) this year, are seeking a valuation of $800 million to $1 billion or more, based on previous transactions in the industry as well as initial interest, the people said.

A buyer for the business could emerge as soon as this year, with the goal of completing the transaction next year, the people said. Considerations are still ongoing and no final decision has been made, the people said.

Jollibee, Yum China and Wagas declined to comment, while representatives for Toronto-based Restaurant Brands didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Shares of Jollibee rose as much as 3.8% in Manila, the biggest intraday gain in about two weeks.

Founded in 1999 as a cafe in Shanghai, Wagas has since expanded across China, counting more than 160 stores, according to its website. It sells light meals including power salads, pasta, sandwiches, juices and coffee.

Last month, Bloomberg reported Wagas was exploring a sale amid initial interest from potential investors.