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Famous Brands buys 49% of Mr Bigg\'s


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 14:41

 

Johannesburg - Fast-food restaurant operator Famous Brands [JSE:FBR] said on Monday it would buy 49% of the restaurant arm of UAC of Nigeria to bolster its presence in Africa's most populous country.

Famous Brands said the cash deal for an undisclosed amount gives it a wider footprint in Nigeria, where it has operated for the past 11 years through licence and franchise agreements, and is part of its strategy to expand further into Africa.

Stuck with slower growth at home, South African companies are increasingly looking to fast-growing Sub-Saharan markets.

UAC Restaurants has 165 franchised restaurants inNigeria, with 57 of those in Lagos. That includes the popular Mr Bigg's brand, Famous Brands said.

Famous Brands operates the Steers and Wimpy fast-food restaurants in South Africa.

Source: FIN24.com