Burger King

Net Lease Advisor Overview

A behemoth in the fast food industry, Burger King is historically one of the most trusted investment properties for net leasing. Coming in a close second behind the iconic McDonald’s brand with respect to comparing sales revenues, the ability for Burger King to ride out unstable markets is quite reassuring. This holds especially true for non-investor grade net leasing tenants.

Burger King, like other fast food chains (also referred to as QSR) operations, tend to select prime property locations in areas with maximum levels of visibility and traffic, alongside the need for easy access.

Burger King

Backed by time-tested real estate principles, Burger King’s physical building properties tend to have a standard average size of 3500 square feet. Typically, they will sit on one half to one acre of surrounding property. Given the fact that corporate run Burger Kings account for only fifteen percent of total restaurants, the majority are franchised out, so there are many variables within the leasing agreements and associated guarantors who operate them.

With respect to company operated locations, they usually consist of ten to fifteen year ground leases, offering rental bumps ranging from 8-10 percent every five years.

Leasing terms of franchises will fluctuate on the individual credit ratings of owner-operators, and such terms may be more favorably negotiated based on location and sales strength. This may include annual rental increases or percentages bumps per annum.

Pros

  • Landlord accountability relinquished via NNN leasing
  • Highly desirable property locations and branding

Cons

  • Operators are franchisees
  • Creditworthiness is non-investor grade

Tenant Description

For well over fifty years, Burger King stands as the 2nd biggest quick service restaurant across the globe.
Statistics show over 15,000 Burger King different restaurants established in roughly one hundred countries around the world. Out of these, approximately 76 are corporate owned, showing how reliant they have actually been on the franchise business (nearly 100%).

Back in 2010, Burger King quadrupled annual revenues, doing so well that they added 631 brand new locations in 2015. This was up from 173 units constructed in 2010, recording the fastest QSR growth in all of international retail history.

Then in 2014, an entity called Restaurant Brands International Inc. became the indirect parent company of Tim Horton’s and subsidiaries, which included Burger King Worldwide and all of its consolidated subsidiaries.

Just last year in 2016, Burger King offered to renovate U.S. franchisee operations to boost a more modernized image. It’s interesting to note the large variety of revenue sources Burger King produces, including everything from franchise sales and revenues, to property income through leasing with sub-leasing to franchisees, and of course overall retail sales.