Arby’s Parent Company Buys Sonic Drive-in for $2.3 Billion

Sonic Corp. and Inspire Brands announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for $2.3 billion.

Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant which includes more than 4,700 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide. Following the completion of the transaction, Sonic will be a privately-held subsidiary of Inspire and will continue to be operated as an independent brand.

“Sonic is a highly differentiated brand and is an ideal fit for the Inspire family,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands. “We have tremendous respect for Sonic’s exceptional team of employees and franchise owners, who have built one of the industry’s most distinctive restaurant brands,” said in a release. he continued. “We’re excited to build on Sonic’s momentum as we leverage our combined expertise and capabilities to better serve guests, further support team members and franchisees and drive long-term growth.”

The transaction is subject to the approval of Sonic shareholders and should close by the end of the year.

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