YO! Sushi

Pionier-Konzept an Mayfair verkauft

YO! Sushi, Europas Pionier-Format in Sachen Sushi vom Fließband, wurde für 81Mio. £ an Mayfair Equity Partners verkauft. Mit im Boot bleibt Robin Rowland als Executive Chairman, das Unternehmen verlässt Vanessa Hall, in den letzten beiden Jahren Chief Executive Officer.

Die britische Marke zählt aktuell 70 Restaurants inklusive 3 Einheiten in USA. YO! Sushi, 1997 in London gegründet, berichtete fürs Geschäftsjahr 2014 knapp 76 Mio. £ (Vj.: 71). Der Profit vor Steuern betrug 3,8 Mio. £. Die Erlöse auf bestehenden Flächen sind 2014 um 3,8 % gewachsen, so die wichtigsten Daten.

In den vergangenen zwei Jahren wurden insgesamt 20 Restaurants eröffnet, davon 13 in Großbritannien. Wichtig in der Entwicklung der letzten Jahre waren erste Units in USA.

Mayfair has acquired its stake in YO! Sushi from the company’s majority shareholder, Quilvest Private Equity, which is fully exiting the business. Management will retain a minority shareholding. Mayfair’s investment provides additional capital to support the business’ growth in the UK and international markets. ICG and Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking provided debt facilities to support the transaction. Spayne Lindsay & Co. was the financial adviser to Mayfair, with Linklaters providing legal counsel.

Mayfair’s managing partner Daniel Sasaki said: “In a highly competitive and fast moving segment of the market, YO! Sushi’s innovative approach to casual dining has seen it consistently deliver fantastic eating experiences to a truly global customer base. The management team has built a robust and dynamic company with a fantastic brand. We look forward to truly investing in the business, partnering with the management and supporting them in this exciting phase of the company’s development.”

Rowland added: “In Mayfair we’ve found the right partner to support YO! Sushi through its next stage of development. YO! Sushi offers an accessible, fun and healthy eating out experience no matter when and what the meal occasion. This presents us with significant further growth both in the UK and internationally, and we look forward to working with Daniel and the team to fulfil this potential.”