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Arby's Owner to Buy Drive-In Chain Sonic for $1.57 Billion

Sonic fast food drive restaurant chain sign in blue sky

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:39 AM EDT

Arby’s Restaurant Group-owner Inspire Brands Inc. said on Tuesday it would buy drive-in chain Sonic Corp. for about $1.57 billion in cash, bolstering its portfolio of restaurant brands that includes Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco.

Inspire has offered Sonic shareholders $43.50 for each share held, a 19 percent premium to the stock’s Monday close.

Sonic’s shares (SONC.O) were trading just above the offer price at $43.60 in early trading.

Including debt, the deal is valued at about $2.3 billion, the companies said.

Inspire brands was formed by private equity firm Roark Capital as a holding company when Arby’s completed the acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this year.

Roark bought a majority stake in Arby’s from Wendy’s Co. (WEN.O) in 2011 and purchased the remaining 12.3 percent last month.

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Drive-in restaurant chain Sonic Corp. said on Tuesday it had agreed to be bought by Arby's-owner Inspire Brands Inc. for $1.57 billion in cash.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:39 AM
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