Canadian Manufacturing

Tim Hortons, Burger King mulling big-value deal

Should the two restaurant giants merge, the new corporation would be the world's third-largest quick service restaurant company

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc. and form a new publicly listed company that would be based in Canada.

An August 24 statement said that Canada would be the largest market of the combined company.

The statement said 3G Capital, the majority owner of Burger King, would continue to own the majority of the shares of the new company on a pro forma basis, with the remainder held by existing shareholders of Tim Hortons and Burger King.

The companies say Ontario-based Tim Hortons and Miami-based Burger King would operate as standalone brands.

The new corporation would be the world’s third-largest quick service restaurant company, with approximately $22 billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide.

The companies say they will not comment further unless there is a deal.

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