Sonic is now part of the Roark Capital portfolio of restaurant companies with Inspire Brands finalizing its acquisition of the $2.3B deal for the quick-service drive-in chain. Inspire Brands is led by Paul Brown and Sonic will be led by Claudia San Pedro, serving as Sonic president, announced post-acquisition agreement. Cliff Hudson will be a senior advisor to Sonic until next March for transition purchases.
Sonic Corp. announced its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018 (Q4). Sonic agreed to a merger agreement in which it will be acquired by Inspire Brands, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roark Capital as of September 2018. Comparable sales across the system of Sonic drive-ins increased... or its fiscal 2018 year, Sonic reported that comparable sales have decreased 0.3 percent, comprising a 0.3-percent decline at franchised drive-ins and a 0.8-percent decrease at company-owned stores.
The ink was still drying on the acquisition of Jamba Juice by Focus Brands, a wholly-owned Roark Capital subsidiary, when Inspire Brands, another Roark subsidiary, announced its agreement to acquire Sonic in a transaction valued at $2.3B. Inspire Brands is the parent of restaurant chains Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty “R” Taco.