Wendy’s is one of the largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chains.
Wendy’s is an attractive investment due to the underlying asset. Restaurants are typically in a 3,000 square foot building with a drive-thru window, and situated on 0.5 - 1.0 acre of land. It is important to note that Wendy's franchises the majority of its locations. There are a number of various lease agreements and guarantors operating under the Wendy's banner. As a result, lease terms vary, as do cap rates, based on the size and strength of the operator and sales at a particular location. Generally the lease term is 20 years with four (4), five (5) year options with increases of 5-10% every 5 years.
When Wendy's International and Arby's parent company, Triarc Companies, merged in September 2008, they created the third-largest US fast-food chain (behind only McDonald's and Yum! Brands). This merger formed the Wendy's/Arby's Group, the parent company of Wendy’s International, Inc. and Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. which are the franchisors of the Wendy’s and Arby’s restaurant systems. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group creation has altered the perception of both Wendy's and Arby’s net lease properties with the introduction of new management and new menu concepts.
Wendy's is engaged in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) business, operating, developing and franchising Wendy's restaurants. The revenues from its restaurant business are derived from four principal sources: sales at Wendy's-owned restaurants; sales of bakery items and kid's meal promotional items to franchisees; franchise royalties received from all Wendy's franchised restaurants, and up-front franchise fees from restaurant operators for each new unit opened.
Each Wendy's restaurant offers a relatively standard menu featuring hamburgers and filet of chicken breast sandwiches and wraps, which are prepared to order with the customer's choice of condiments. Wendy's menu also includes chicken nuggets, chili, baked and French fried potatoes, freshly prepared salads, soft drinks, milk, Frosty desserts, floats and kids meals.