|Societas Europaea (WSE: EAT)|
Number of locations
|Henry McGovern (Chairman, President and CEO)|
Mark Chandler (CFO)
Number of employees
AmRest (WSE: EAT) is a European fast-food and casual dining restaurant operator. The company was primarily based in Wrocław but in 2018 it changed its seat to Madrid and operates in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, France, Germany and the United States. AmRest runs more than 1600 restaurants. The company had its initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2005.
In 1993 Henry J. McGovern, Donald M. Kendall, Sr., Donald M. Kendall, Jr. and Christian R. Eisenbeiss established American Restaurants Services. Initially, the company held franchise rights to operate Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in Western Poland. In 1998, it expanded its operations outside Poland, by taking over KFC and Pizza Hut outlets in the Czech Republic which were previously run by Yum! Brands.
In 2000, AmRest Holdings was formed as a joint venture company between American Restaurants and Yum! Brands, and in 2001 the new company took over International Fast Food Polska, the operator of the Burger King locations in Poland. All Burger King restaurants were soon converted into KFC. In 2005, the company acquired the remaining franchise for Yum! concepts in the Czech Republic and Poland becoming the exclusive KFC and Pizza Hut franchisee in those countries. In 2006 AmRest bought the rights to seventeen KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in Hungary and launched new Freshpoint and Rodeo Drive brands.
In 2001 AmRest bought International Fast Food Polska Sp. z o.o. (IFFP), the operator of Burger King in Poland. Out of the 23 Burger King restaurants acquired, the Company closed 6 and rebranded the remaining 17 into KFC.
In April 2005 April AmRest successfully debuted on the stock market and Yum exited the company as a shareholder; a year later the share price increased by 100%. In May AmRest acquired 8 Big Food restaurants in Czech Republic, and rebranded them into KFC.
In 2007 AmRest opened its first new Burger King restaurant in Poland, the first KFC restaurants in Serbia and Bulgaria and signed joint venture agreements with Starbucks about opening the coffee chain's stores in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2008 company signed agreements about opening Burger King in Bulgaria and acquired several restaurants in the Russian market. In January 2008 AmRest opened first Starbucks store in Prague. The company opened its first Starbucks location in Poland in 2008.
In April 2010, Warburg Pincus, a premier private equity firm, offered to invest over 300 million pln for a 24.99% shareholding in AmRest. In 2010, AmRest also opened the first Starbucks in Hungary.
In April 2011 AmRest announced the acquisition of Spanish company Restauravia, operating 30 KFC’s and over 120 Italian Casual Dining restaurants La Tagliatella. Due to its unique and exceptionally profitable business model, La Tagliatella was announced to be one of the main drivers of AmRest's global expansion.
2012, AmRest runs 684 restaurants.
In April 2016 AmRest buys all 144 Starbucks owned stores in Germany for 41 million euros.
In 2018, AmRest announces the opening of the first Starbucks cafe in Serbia.
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