The decision to sell a controlling stake of McDonald´s to private investors in the Carlyle Group, Citic Capital and Citic Group triggered off mixed reactions among analysts. Retail analyst Ben Cavender says the new investors can help to refurbish and expand the chain. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson sees a different management style, that makes competitor KFC run for its money. But business analyst Shaun Rein sees to end to the inevitable decline of McDonald´s.
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In line with expectations, McDonald´s has sold a controlling stake of its China and Hong Kong operation to private investors, after competitor Yum did the same last year. With the new financial resources, the China operation can improve fast, says Shanghai-based retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.
Yum spinning off its China operation attracted most attention, but the model of selling a well-established China operation is a model that can generate a lot of value, at least for the share-holders, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg.
Getting traction among China´s picky consumers is one thing, keeping it up is another. Larger foreign firms like Yum and Starbucks have been slow in picking up consumer trends in China, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Bloomberg, for example in their adoption of fintech developments.
Yum´s KFC has lost substantial turnover, as anti-US protest turn against the fast food chain caused by the tension in the South China Sea, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Reuters. The stores have become a lightning rod for nationalistic feelings and lost sometimes up to 25%
American companies and stores like KFC and Apple faced angry crowds after an international court ruled against China on its South China Sea policies, even smashing their iPhone’s. A protest that went even too far to China´s government. It is mostly the younger who are more nationalistic and patriotic, says retail analyst James Roy to AP.
Yum, with brands like Pizzahut and KFC, had a hard time because of food scandals. But worse is, says retail analyst James Roy to Bloomberg, that increasingly heath-conscious consumers do not want their food anymore.
While consumer based industries in China are still winning, the does not count for all. Some of the winners of the past lose out, while others keep their strength, observes advertising guru Tom Doctoroff in Dow Jones. “It’s about accessible aspiration.”
McDonald´s used to be one of the winners in China´s emerging fast food market, but – together with KFC – losing market share and actually closing stores. Scandals and changing diets take their toll, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.
You might know Yum mostly from KFC and Pizzahut, but in China it has started to test the upscale market. Retail analyst Ben Cavender looks at a test-kitchen at Shanghai´s Bund.