Dunkin' Brands to undergo refinancing effort

by Eric Schroeder
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Dunkin’ Brands' subsidiaries plan to issue approximately $1.45 billion of new securitized notes.
 

CANTON, MASS. — Dunkin’ Brands Group on Sept. 5 said some of its subsidiaries intend to complete a recapitalization transaction. The transaction is expected to include a portion of the subsidiaries’ outstanding securitization debt with a new series of securitized debt, the company said.

Dunkin’ last recapitalized in January 2015, when the company issued a $2.6 billion securitized financing facility consisting of two tranches of fixed rate notes in the principal amounts of $750 million (A-2-I Notes) and $1.75 billion A-2-II Notes), respectively, and $100 million of variable funding notes.

Dunkin’ said its subsidiaries plan to issue approximately $1.45 billion of new securitized notes. Proceeds from the notes will be used to prepay and retire the outstanding 2015 A-2-I notes, to pay transaction fees and for general corporate purposes, which may include a return of capital to shareholders, Dunkin’ said.

Additionally, Dunkin’ said its subsidiaries are expected to issue a portion of the 2017 notes in the form of a new $150 million variable funding note facility, which will replace the 2015 variable funding notes facility.

Tony Weisman, Dunkin' Brands
Tony Weisman has been named U.S. chief marketing officer for Dunkin' Brands.
 

Separately Dunkin’ announced that Tony Weisman has been named U.S. chief marketing officer, effective later this month. Mr. Weisman most recently was the North American chief executive officer of DigitasLBi, a global digital agency network. Earlier, he was chief marketing officer at Draft Worldwide and also spent 19 years at Leo Burnett in various management and other related positions leading consumer accounts.

In his new role, Mr. Weisman will lead marketing, product innovation, field marketing, consumer insights and advertising as well as the brand’s digital and consumer packaged goods initiatives.

“Tony is a highly experienced, much-admired business leader with a proven track record of building global brands,” said David Hoffmann, president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. “Very importantly, he also has a deep understanding of working with franchised organizations, including Dunkin’ Donuts, having led the work on our account at Digitas for the past six years. With his transformative, data-driven approach to marketing, extensive digital acumen and ability to build and inspire teams, we’re confident that he is the right leader to take our brand to the next level.”  
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