Whitbread has decided to refocus its business to the hospitality and leisure sectors, Yum! said Monday. The transaction, which includes debt assumption of $25 million, is expected to close by year-end.
In addition to the 541 Pizza Huts in the joint venture between Yum and Whitbread, there are 125 Pizza Hut restaurants in Britain, which are owned and operated by franchisees. Over the next several years, the company expects to substantially reduce its equity ownership of the 541 Pizza Hut restaurants from this deal through refranchising to new and existing franchisees.