KBRA Releases Research – Restaurant ABS Trends: Whole Business Transaction Operators Face Inflationary Challenges

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA releases research covering inflationary challenges and responses in the restaurant whole business securitization (WBS) sector.

The restaurant sector faces high inflation, tight labor markets, reduced margins, supply shortages, and an uncertain economic environment after navigating pandemic-related restrictions. In facing these headwinds, many restaurant operators in the WBS space continue to adopt strategies that help drive revenues, manage expenses, and respond to changing consumer behavior. These strategies include a continued focus on menu simplification, hours of operation, improved kitchen utilization, and off-premise dining—meals ordered from the restaurant but consumed elsewhere.

Key Takeaways

  • Inflation is impacting food prices, but not equally. Year-over-year price increases for food-at-home (i.e., groceries) are higher compared with food-away-from-home prices (i.e., restaurants).
  • WBS backed by restaurant brands have posted continued systemwide sales (SWS) growth in 2022, with securitization debt service coverage ratios decreasing somewhat during the same period but remaining generally healthy.
  • Restaurant operators are combatting inflationary pressures and labor shortages by focusing on a variety of strategies: off-premise dining, sourcing and distributing labor efficiently, better utilization of the kitchen and restaurant layout, menu simplification and diversification, and leveraging aggregator and brand-owned apps.

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Primary Authors

Xilun Chen, Managing Director

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Matthew Gardener, Associate Director

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Maxim Berger, Director, Consumer ABS

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Additional Contacts

Eric Neglia, Senior Managing Director, Head of Commercial and Consumer ABS

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Rosemary Kelley, Senior Managing Director, Head of Global ABS

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Business Development Contact

Ted Burbage, Managing Director

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