Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD) announced today that it has exercised its right of first refusal to acquire substantially all of the assets of Alamowing Development, LLC, B III Wing, LLC, RioWing Development, LLC, AlamoWing NM Partners, LLC, AlamoWing NM Partners II, LLC, Southseas Wings, LLC and certain subsidiary and affiliated operating entities. The assets to be acquired consist primarily of 38 existing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants located in Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii and 3 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants under development in New Mexico and Hawaii. The total purchase price for the assets is approximately $160 million.
The acquisition of the restaurants is subject to negotiation and execution of a final purchase agreement and certain regulatory approvals, including a filing under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. Upon execution of a purchase agreement, the transaction is anticipated to close by the end of the company’s third quarter.
Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We believe that the acquisition of these Buffalo Wild Wings locations will provide our shareholders with additional long-term net earnings growth. In the transition to company-owned locations, we anticipate incurring $5 million in one-time expenses. Updates to the timing and financial impact of the acquisition will be provided in our second quarter earnings announcement in late July 2015. We are excited to acquire these well-run locations.”
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ to Blazin. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,080 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Philippines.