PE Profit Ladder Market Watch Newsletter: Subway Emphasizes International, Pending Roark Acquisition

The PE Profit Ladder is at work at the top end of the market as well. Predictably, Subway is focused on recruiting experienced QSR MUOs to build out international markets to off set US closures. The international opportunity is indeed tremendous.

Experienced turnaround CEO John Chidsey has made good progress so far on the plan. It is interesting that in recent interviews (e.g. Yahoo Finance) he mentioned how he appreciated having no debt when privately held...which allowed him to invest in the business and do some things needed to support the brand turnaround.

That will certainly change under Roark, which is likely to put a massive amount of debt on the books and take a big cash distribution within 6 months of the acquisition. #peprofitladder

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