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GE Capital Lends $45MM Largest McAlister’s Deli Franchisee

February 20, 2015, 07:28 AM
Filed Under: Restaurant

GE Capital’s Franchise Finance business served as administrative agent on a $45 million senior secured credit facility to The Saxton Group, the largest McAlister’s Deli® franchisee. GE Capital Markets served as sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner.

The Dallas-based company, which was founded in 1982, has grown its McAlister’s business from one store in 1999 to 61 locations today spread across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The company used the funds to refinance existing debt, redeem outstanding privately-held shares and buy out minority shareholders; the remaining capital will be used for growth.

McAlister’s is a fast casual restaurant chain known for providing a genuine hospitality guest experience and a menu of American regional favorites featuring sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In total, the McAlister’s system, which is approximately 85% franchised, is comprised of 338 restaurants in 24 states.

“We plan to actively expand the McAlister's Deli brand so it’s important to us to have a lender that understands the restaurant industry and has the ability to help us grow at a rapid pace so we can continue to provide value to our guests, our people and our shareholders,” said Kelly Saxton, CEO and chairman.

“The Saxton Group’s focus on operational excellence and the customer has delivered strong financial performance up to this point,” said Bill Kraus, a senior managing director with GE Capital, Franchise Finance. ”We recognize the company’s dynamic growth potential and look forward to being a part of their success story going forward.”

With more than 30 years of experience and approximately $6 billion in assets, GE Capital, Franchise Finance is a leading lender for the U.S. franchise finance market via direct sales and portfolio acquisitions. It specializes in financing mid-market operators with multiple stores in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Its team of industry experts helps them realize their individualized growth plans. GE Capital, Franchise Finance customers also receive access to its proprietary industry research and cutting-edge digital tools.

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