Japan’s Genki Sushi, Sushiro to merge
TOKYO (Reuters) – The owner of Japanese restaurant chain Genki Sushi Co will buy a one-third stake in bigger rival Sushiro Global Holdings Ltd from private equity firm Permira, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said.
Permira will sell its stake in Sushiro Global to Shinmei Co, the owner of Genki Sushi, said the person, asking not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to media.
Permira bought Sushiro in 2012 from Japanese private equity firm Unison Capital. The market for Japan’s sushi market has grown about 25 percent to 6.25 trillion yen ($55.51 billion) this year from 5 trillion yen in 2012, according to research firm Fuji Keizai Co.
Permira, which paid about 80 billion yen for Sushiro to Unison, boosted the value of the company by cutting costs on fish ingredients by using its global network.
Sushiro shares closed at 3,625 yen on Friday morning, making it worth 99.7 billion yen.
A Permira official declined to comment on the sale, which was first reported by the Nikkei business daily on Friday.
Sushiro and Genki Sushi said in separate statements they were discussing the reported transaction at a board meeting on Friday.