MONTREAL (QC), Sept. 7, 2012 - GE Capital, Canada's Franchise Finance business announced today that it has provided Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. (IRG) with a $37.1 million term loan. IRG will use the funds to refinance all of its outstanding secured debt facilities, including senior loans from GE Capital. The new debt structure also provides IRG with additional flexibility to pay down its outstanding subordinated debt.
Headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, IRG owns franchised and corporate restaurants throughout Canada under four brands: Pizza Delight®, operating primarily in Atlantic Canada in the family/mid-scale segment; Mikes® and Scores®, operating primarily in Quebec in the family and casual dining segments and the take-out and delivery segments; and Bâton Rouge®, operating in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia in the casual dining segment.
"Throughout our association with GE Capital, we've been impressed by their understanding of and commitment to the restaurant industry," said Denis Richard, president and chief executive officer of IRG. "GE Capital helps us create shareholder value by providing a solid financial foundation that allows us to concentrate our energies on executing our strategic initiatives."
"We've financed more than $1.1 billion in restaurant transactions in Canada over the last 10 years, through all the market cycles," said Edward Khediguian, senior vice president of GE Capital's Franchise Finance business in Canada. "We combine our industry knowledge, expertise, and financial capabilities to provide customers with customized and flexible credit facilities that help them concentrate on growing their businesses."
About GE Capital, Franchise Finance
GE Capital, Franchise Finance is a leading lender to the franchise finance market, serving the restaurant and hospitality industries. We specialize in financing regional and national restaurant businesses of all sizes across the country. Over the past 10 years, we've financed more than 700 restaurant customers with upwards of 1,500 property locations, lending more than $1.1 billion to the Canadian restaurant space. In the Canadian hotel market, we provide financing for nationally known brands in the limited and select-service segments of the industry.
With more than 20 offices throughout Canada, GE Capital (gecapital.ca) offers a wide variety of financial products and services to address commercial financing and fleet management needs in all phases of a business' lifecycle. From equipment finance to working capital and growth financing to large asset-based and restructuring loans, we apply our wealth of industry expertise and develop custom solutions for your company. Some of the industry sectors we specialize in include transportation, construction, healthcare, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, oil and gas, wholesale and retail, and restaurant and hotel franchise.
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