Prezzo, the italian restaurant group, will be sold to real estate company cain global, the latest in a series of everyday dinner stores to alter ownership once the pandemic heaps more force on a business suffering high debt and a lot of competitors.

Cain, an independently held, london-based group which includes spent over $5.9bn in property debt and equity because it ended up being started in 2014, will choose the business as a going concern, it stated in a declaration on wednesday.

We firmly genuinely believe that strong hospitality and leisure brands with disciplined management will thrive in a post-covid landscape, said jonathan goldstein, chief executive of cain.

The company said it can maybe not expose exactly how much it had purchased the business enterprise. tpg, the personal equity team which includes possessed a share inside group for six years, also said it could not touch upon the economic details.

Considering that the start of pandemic, a number of nationwide casual food groups have either undergone restructuring processes or been sold at knock down rates, reflecting the problems faced by the industry.

Byron, the hamburger chain, had been offered for single-digit millions in august, relating to a supply active in the process, much less than the 34.5m that three hills capital, its vast majority shareholder, injected in to the business after a restructuring in 2018.

Prezzos competing italian string carluccios ended up being bought just for 3.4m by boparan restaurant group in march.

Tpg purchased prezzo for 304m in 2014, but typed down two-thirds of its investment available in 2018 as soon as the organization, which had broadened rapidly, shut significantly more than 100 restaurants and restructured its debts.

A buyer that has seen prezzos financial investment memorandum stated that cains purchase for the business, that may view it accept most of prezzos 180 websites, was bonkers because when you look at the 12 months towards the end of february 37 sites have been taking a loss.

They added, but that karen jones, prezzos exec seat, ended up being one of many three or four most useful operators on the market and because taking over in 2018 had switched the business round from decreases of approximately 7 percent in like-for-like sales to growth of 2 to 3 per cent prior to the pandemic hit.

Prezzo stated it had outperformed the industry over the past 12 months with robust trading before the lockdown in march, plus in the intervening duration amongst the march and october lockdowns.

Mr goldstein, who was simply mind of european real estate and direct assets in the asset manager guggenheim partners before founding cain, will get in on the companys board after the price is completed.

Ms jones, which with prezzos administration are co-investors inside offer, will stay on as mind of the team.

Cain additionally has the crazy golf brand swingers and maslows group, which runs exclusive members club mortimer house.