About Dunkin' Brands (adapted from Dunkin' Brands prospectus):
Dunkin' Brands is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. Restaurants are franchised under Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. With over 16,000 points of distribution in 57 countries. Dunkin' Donuts holds the #1 position in the U.S. by servings in each of the QSR subcategories of "Hot regular coffee, " "Iced coffee, " "Donuts, " "Bagels " and "Muffins " and holds the #2 position in the U.S. by servings in each of the QSR subcategories of "Total coffee " and "Breakfast sandwiches. " Baskin-Robbins is the #1 QSR chain in the U.S. for servings of hard serve ice cream and has established leading market positions in Japan and South Korea. QSR is a restaurant format characterized by counter or drive-thru ordering and limited or no table service.
Both of Dunkin's brands date back to the 1940s. In March of 2006, they were acquired by investment funds affiliated with Bain Capital Partners, LLC, The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (collectively, the "Sponsors").
Dunkin' Brands has experienced positive growth globally for both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in systemwide sales in each of the last ten years. In addition, other than in 2007 with respect to Baskin-Robbins, they have experienced positive year over year growth globally for both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in points of distribution in each of the last 10 years.
Their largest operating segment, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. had experienced 45 consecutive quarters of positive comparable store sales growth until the first quarter of 2008. During fiscal 2008, 2009 and 2010, they say they "demonstrated comparable store sales resilience during the recession, and invested for future growth." These investments were in three key areas—expanding menu and marketing initiatives to drive comparable store sales growth, expanding store development team and investing in proprietary tools to assess new store opportunities and increasing management resources for international business. During fiscal 2010, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. experienced sequential improvement in comparable store sales growth with comparable store sales growth of (0.6)%, 1.9%, 2.7% and 4.7% in the first through the fourth quarters, respectively. Positive comparable store sales growth has continued in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 despite adverse weather conditions in the Northeast region during the quarter. This description is adapted from Dunkin' Brands prospectus. This description is not intended to be a recommendation to buy stock from this company. We do not claim that all of the statements above were researched and found to be true. We present them as a general description based on what the company has said about itself at the time that they submitted their prospectus for an IPO offering. To see the company's full description, view their prospectus..