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McDonald's is looking for strategic partners to advance growth in Asia

McDonald's is looking for strategic partners to advance grows in Asia

A McDonald's restaurant in China: McDonald's Dengshikou, Beijing

April 5, 2016
McDonald’s Corporation recently announced its intent to identify strategic partners who will add value and unlock growth potential in key markets throughout Asia to advance the company’s future growth plans.

The company is seeking partners who would enhance its competitive advantages and resources to enable localized decisions on growth initiatives and increase capital resources to further invest in restaurant expansion and modernization.

Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO:

“Asia represents a significant area of opportunity for McDonald’s to blend our global quality standards with local insights and expertise from partners who share our vision and values.”

“This will allow McDonald’s to accelerate our growth and scale faster across diverse markets placing us closer to our customers and the communities we serve. We’re in the midst of transforming our business and taking a strategic and thoughtful approach to enhance our ability to grow around the world.”

“These actions build on our turnaround efforts and will advance local ownership, enable faster decision-making and achieve restaurant growth.”
China, Hong Kong and Korea collectively represent more than 2,800 restaurant locations, the majority of which are currently company-owned. Those countries are included within the company’s High-Growth Markets, a segment which includes countries with relatively higher restaurant expansion and franchising potential. The company intends to add more than 1,500 restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Korea over the next five years.

As part of a way to advance growth in Asia, the company also recently announced its intent to identify strategic partners in Taiwan and Japan.

Last year, McDonald’s committed to strategically evaluate ownership structures in markets around the world with the overall goal of reducing the number of restaurants that the company owns and operates. The result of this will be to place more restaurants under local ownership, in the hands of local franchisees, with a long-term goal of being 95% franchised.

The identification of strategic partners in Asia is consistent with this strategy.
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McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 local restaurants serving nearly 69 million people in more than 118 countries each day.