Caffs are a favorite marketable property for numerous investors because

Tenants frequently subscribe a veritably long term,e.g. 20 times absolute triadic net( NNN) plats. This means, besides the renttenants also pay for property levies, insurance and all conservation charges. The only thing the investor has to pay is the mortgage, which in turn offers veritably predictable cash inflow. There are moreover no or many landlord liabilities because the tenant is responsible for conservation. This allows the investor further time to do important thing in life,e.g. retire. All you do is take the rent check to the bank. This is one of the crucial benefits in investing in a eatery or single– tenant property.
Whether rich or poor, people need to eat. Americans are eating out more frequently as they’re too busy to chef and remittal the pots & kissers latterly which frequently is the worst partAccording to the National Restaurant Association, the nation‘s eatery assiduity presently involves,000 caffs and is anticipated to reach$ 537 billion in deals in 2007, compared to just$ 322 billion in 1997 and$ 200 billion in 1987( in current bones ). In 2006, for every bone Americans spend on foods, 48 cents were spent in caffs . As long as there’s civilization on earth, there will be caffs and the investor will feel comfortable that the property is always in high demand.

You know your tenants will take veritably good care of your property because it’s in their stylish interest to do soMany guests, if any, want to go to a eatery that has a unprintable restroom and/ or trash in the parking lot.
stillcaffs aren’t created equal, from an investment standpoint.

Franchised versus Independent

One frequently hears that 9 out of 10 new caffs will fail in the first timestill, this is just an civic myth as there are no conclusive studies on this. There’s only a study by Associate Professor of Hospitality,Dr.H.G. Parsa of Ohio State University who tracked new caffs located in the megacity Columbus, Ohio during the period from 1996 to 1999( Note you shouldn’t draw the conclusion that the results are the same far and wide differently in the US or during any other time ages.)Dr. Parsa observed that seafood caffs were the safest gambles and that Mexican caffs witness the loftiest rate of failure in Columbus, OH. His study also set up 26 of new caffs closed in the first time in Columbus, OH during 1996 to 1999. Besides profitable failure, the reasons for caffs closing include divorce, poor health, and reluctance to commit immense time toward operation of the businessGrounded on this study, it may be safe to prognosticate that the longer the eatery has been in business, the more likely it’ll be operating the ensuing time so that the landlord will continue to admit the rent.

For franchised caffs , a franchisee has to have a certain minimum quantum ofnon-borrowed cash/ capital,e.g.$,000 for McDonald’s, to qualify. The franchisee has to pay a one- time franchisee figure about$,000 to$,000. In addition, the franchisee has contribute kingliness and advertising freights equal to about 4 and 3 of deals profitindependently. In turn, the franchisee receives training on how to set up and operate a proven and successful business without fussing about the marketing part. As a result, a franchised eatery gets guests as soon as the open sign is put up. Should the franchisee fail to run the business at the position, the ballot may replace the current franchisee with a new bone . The king of franchised hamburger caffs is the fast– food chain McDonald’s with over 32000 locales in 118 countries( about,000 in the US) as of 2010. It has$34.2 B in deals in 2011 with an normal of$2.4 M in profit per US position. McDonald’s presently captures over 50 request share of the$ 64 billion US hamburger eatery request. Its deals are up 26 in the last 5 timesDistant behind is Wendy’s( average deals of$1.5 M) with$8.5 B in deals and 5904 stores. Burger King ranks third( average deals of$1.2 M) with$8.4 B in trade, 7264 stores and 13 of the hamburger eatery request share( among all eatery chains, Subway is ranked number two with$11.4 B in deals,,850 stores, and Starbucks number 3 with$9.8 B in deals and,158 stores). McDonald’s success supposedly isn’t the result of how succulent its Big Mac tastes but commodity differently more complex. Per a check of,000 online subscribers of Consumer Report magazine, McDonald’s hamburgers rank last among 18 public and indigenous fast food chains. It entered a score of5.6 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the stylish, behind Jack In the Box(6.3), Burger King(6.3), Wendy’s(6.6), Sonic Drive In(6.6), Carl’s Jr(6.9), Back Yard Burgers(7.6), Five Guys Burgers(7.9), and In- N- eschewal Burgers(7.9).

Fast– food chains tend to descry new trends briskly. For illustration, they’re open as early as 5AM as Americans are decreasingly buying their breakfasts before. They’re also dealing further cafe; latte; fruit smoothies to contend with Starbucks and Jumba Juice. You also see more salads on the menu. This gives guests more reasons to stop by at presto– food caffs and make them more charming to different guests.

With independent caffs , it frequently takes a while to for guests to come around and try the food. These establishments are especially tough in the first 12 months of openingespecially with possessors of minimum or no proven track recordSo in general,” mama and pop” caffs are parlous investment due to original weakrevenue.However, make sure the return is commensurable to the pitfalls that you’ll be taking, If you choose to invest in anon-brand name eatery.

occasionally it isn’t easy for you to tell if a eatery is a brand name ornon-brand name. Some eatery chains only operate, or are popular in a certain region. For illustration, WhatABurger eatery chain with over 700 locales in 10 countries is a veritably popular presto– food eatery chain in Texas and Georgia. still, it’s still unknown on the West Coast as of 2012. Brand name chains tend to have a website listing all the locales plus other informationSo if you can find a eatery website from Google or Yahoo you can snappily discern if an strange name is a brand name or not. You can also gain introductory consumer information about nearly any chain caffs in the US on Wikipedia.

The Ten Fastest– Growing Chains in 2011 with Deals Over$ 200 Million
According to Technomic, the following is the 10 fastest growing eatery chains in terms of profit change from 2010 to 2011
Five Guys Burgers and Feasts with$ 921M in deals and32.8 change.
Chipotle Mexican Grill with$2.261 B in deals and23.4 change.
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop with$ 895M in deals and21.8 change.
Yard House with$ 262M in deals and21.5 change.
Firehouse Subs with$ 285M in deals and21.1 change.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse with$ 621M in deals and20.9 change.
Buffalo Wild bodies Grill & Bar with$2.045 B in deals and20.1 change.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fritters with$ 206M in deals and18.2 change.
Noodles & Company with$ 300M in deals and14.9 change from.
Wingstop with$ 382M in deals and22.1 change.
Lease & Rent Guaranty
The tenants frequently subscribe a long term absolute triadic net( NNN) parcel. This means, besides the base rent, they also pay for all operating charges property levies, insurance and conservation charges. For investors, the threat of conservation charges query is excluded and their cash inflow is predictable. The tenants may also guarantee the rent with their own or commercial meansthus, in case they’ve to close down the business, they will continue paying rent for the life of the parcelBelow are a many effects that you need to know about the parcel guaranty

In general, the stronger the guaranty the lower the return of your investment. The guaranty by McDonald’s Corporation with a strong” A” S&P commercial standing of a public company is much better than a small pot possessed by a franchisee with a many caffs Accordingly, a eatery with a McDonald’s commercial parcel typically offers low4.5- 5 cap( return of investment in the 1st time of power) while McDonald’s with a franchisee guaranty( over 75 of McDonalds caffs are possessed by franchisees) may offer 5- 6 cap. So figure out the quantum of pitfalls you’re willing to take as you will not get both low pitfalls and high returns in an investment.
Occasionally amulti-location ballot will form a parent company to enjoy all the caffs . Each eatery in turn is possessed by a single– reality Limited Liabilities Company( LLC) to shield the parent company from arrearsSo the rent guaranty by the single– reality LLC doesn’t mean important since it doesn’t have important means.

goodlong guaranty doesn’t make a bomb a good autoalso, a strong guaranty doesn’t make a lousy eatery a good investment. It only means the tenant will make every trouble to pay you the rentSo do not judge a property primarily on the guaranty.
The guaranty is good until the pot that guarantees it declares ruin. At that time, the pot reorganizes its operations by ending locales with low profit and keeping the good locales,( i.e. bones with strong deals). So it’s further critical for you to choose a property at a goodlocation.However,( e, If it happens to have a weakguaranty.g. from a smallprivate company), you’ll get double benefits on time rent payment and high return.

stillmake sure all the headliners, e, If you be to invest in a” mama & pop”restaurant.g. both mama and pop, guarantee the parcel with their means. The guaranty should be reviewed by an attorney to make sure you’re well defended.

lousy eatery may do well at a good position while those with a good menu may fail at a bad position. A good position will induce strong profit for the driver and is primarily important to you as an investor. It should have these characteristics

High business volume this will draw further guests to the eatery and as a result high profitSo a eatery at the entrance to a indigenous boardwalk or Disney World, a major shopping boardwalk, or sodalities is always desirable.

Good visibility & signage high business volume must be accompanied by good visibility from the road. This will minimize advertising charges and is a constant memorial for beaneries to come in.

Ease of doorway and exit a eatery located on a one- way service road running parallel to a highway will get a lot of business and has great visibility but isn’t at a great position. It’s hard for implicit guests to get back if they miss the entrance. In addition, it’s not possible to make a left turn. On the other hand, the eatery just off highway exit is more accessible for guests.

Excellent demographics a eatery should do well in an area with a largegrowing population and high inflows as it has further people with plutocrat to spend. Its business should induce further and further income to pay for adding advanced rents.

Lots of parking spaces most chained caffs have their own parking lot to accommodate guests at peakhours.However, there’s a good chance they will skip it and/ or will not come back as frequently, If client can not find a parking space within a many twinkles. A typical fast food eatery will need about 10 to 20 parking spaces per 1000 square bases of spaceFast food caffs ,e.g. McDonald’s will need further parking spaces than sit down caffs ,e.g. Olive Garden.

High Deals profit the periodic gross profit alone doesn’t tell you important since larger– in term of square footage– eatery tends to have advanced profit. So the rent to profit rate is a better hand of success. Please relate to rent to profit rate in the due industriousness section for farther discussion.

High walls to entry this simply means that it’s not easy to replicate this position hard for colorful reasons the area simply doesn’t have any further developable land, or the master plan doesn’t allow any further construction of marketable parcels, or it’s more precious to make a analogous property due to high cost of land and construction accoutrements . For these reasons, the tenant is likely to renew the parcel if the business is profitable.
Backing Considerations

In general, the interest rate is a bit advanced than average for caffs
due to the fact that they’re single- tenant parcels. To the lenders, there’s a perceived threat because if the eatery is closed down, you could potentially lose 100 of your income from that eatery. Lenders also prefer public brand name caffs
. In addition, some lenders won’t advance to out- of- state investors especially if the caffs
are located in lower metropolises. So it may be a good idea for you to invest in a franchised eatery in major metro areas,e.g. Atlanta, Dallas. In 2009 it’s quite a challenge to get backing for sit-down eatery accessions, especially for mama and pop and indigenous caffs
due to the tight credit request. still, effects feel to have bettered a bit in 2010. still, you should stick to public franchised caffs
in major metros, If you want to get the stylish rate and terms for the loan.

When the cap rate is advanced than the interest rate of the loan,e.g. cap rate is7.5 while interest rate is6.5, also you should consider adopting as much as possible. You’ll get7.5 return on your down payment plus 1 return for the plutocrat you adopt. Hence your total return( cash on cash) will be advanced than the cap rate. also, since the affectation in the near future is anticipated to be advanced due to rising costs of energy, the plutocrat which you adopt to finance your purchase will be worth lower. So it’s indeed more salutary to maximize influence now.

Due industriousness disquisition

You may want to consider these factors before deciding to go forward with the purchase

Tenant’s fiscal information The eatery business is labor ferocious. The average hand generates only about$,000 in profit annually. The cost of goods,e.g. foods and inventories should be around 30- 35 of profit; labor and operating charges 45- 50; rent about 7- 12. So do review the gains and loss( P&L) statements, if available, with your accountant. In the P&L statement, you may see the acronym EBITDAR. It stands for Earnings Before Income levies, deprecation( of outfit), Amortization( of capital enhancement), andRent.However, you may want to understand the reason why, If you do not see kingliness freights in P&L of a franchised eatery or advertising charges in the P&L of an independent eatery. Of course, we will want to make sure that the eatery is profitable after paying the rent. immaculately, you would like to see net gains equal to 10- 20 of the gross profit. In the last many times the frugality has taken a beating. As a result, caffs
have endured a drop in gross profit of around 3- 4. This seems to have impacted most, if not all, caffs
far and wide. In addition, it may take a new eatery several times to reach implicit profit target. So do not anticipate new locales to be profitable right down indeed for chained caffs

Tenant’s credit history if the tenant is a private pot, you may be suitable to gain the tenant’s credit history from Dun & Bradstreet( D&B). D&B provides Paydex score, the business fellow of FICO, i.e. particular credit history score. This score ranges from 1 to 100, with advanced scores indicating better payment performance. A Paydex score of 75 is original to FICO score of 700. So if your tenant has a Paydex score of 80, you’re likely to admit the rent checks instantly.

Rent to profit rate this is the rate of base rent over the periodic gross deals of the store. It’s a quick way to determine if the eatery is profitable, i.e. the lower the rate, the better the position. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to keep this rate lower than 10 which indicates that the position has strongrevenue.However, the driver will veritably probably make a lot of plutocrat after paying the rent, If the rate is lower than 7. The rent guaranty is presumably not important in this case. still, the rent to profit rate isn’t a precise way to determine if the tenant is making a profit or not. It doesn’t take into account the property levies expenditure as part of the rent. Property levies– reckoned as a chance of assessed value– vary from countries to countries. For illustration, in California it’s about1.25 of the assessed value, 3 in Texas, and as high as 10 in Illinois. And so a eatery with rent to income rate of 8 could be profitable in one state and yet be losing plutocrat in another.

Parking spaces caffs
tend to need a advanced number of parking spaces because utmost beaneries tend to stop by within a small time window. You’ll need at least 8 parking spaces per 1000 Forecourt bases( SF) of eatery space. Fast food caffs
may need about 15 to 18 spaces per 1000 SF.

Termination Clause some of the long term plats give the tenant an option to terminate the parcel should there be a fire destroying a certain chance of the property. Of course, this isn’t desirable to you if that chance is too low,e.g. 10. So make sure you read the parcel. You also want to make sure the insurance policy also covers reimbursement income loss for 12- 24 months in case the property is damaged by fire or natural disasters.

Price per SF you should pay about$ 200 to$ 500 per SF. In California you have to pay a decoration,e.g.$ 1000 per SF for Starbucks caffs
which are typically vended at veritably high price perSF.However, make sure you have defense for doing so, If you pay further than$ 500 per SF for the eatery.

Rent per SF immaculately you should invest in a property in which the rent per SF is low,e.g.$ 2 to$ 3 per SF per month. This gives you room to raise the rent in the future. either, the low rent ensures the tenant’s business is profitable, so he’ll be around to keep paying the rent. Starbucks tend to pay a decoration rent$ 2 to 4 per SF yearly since they’re frequently located at a decoration position with lots of business and highvisibility.However, make sure you could justify your decision because it’s hard to make a profit in the eatery business when the tenant is paying advanced rent, If you plan to invest in a eatery in which the tenant pays further than$ 4 per SF yearly. Some caffs
may have a chance clause. This means besides the minimal base rent, the driver also pays you a chance of his profit when it reaches a certain threshold.

Rent increase A eatery landlord will typically admit either a 2 periodic rent increase or a 10 increase every 5 times. As an investor you should prefer 2 periodic rent increase because 5 times is a long time to stay for a rise. You’ll also admit further rent with 2 periodic increase than 10 increase every 5 times. either, as the rent increases every time so does the value of your investment. The value of eatery is frequently grounded on the rent itgenerates.However, your investment will appreciate in value, If the rent is increased while the request cap remains the same. So there’s no crucial advantage for investing in a eatery in a certain area,e.g. California. It’s more important to choose a eatery at a great position.

Lease term in general investors favor long term,e.g. 20 time parcel so they do not have to worry about chancing new tenants. During a period with low affectation,e.g. 1 to 2, this is fine. still, when the affectation is high,e.g. 4, this means you’ll technically get lower rent if the rent increase is only 2. So do not rule out parcels with a many times left of the parcel as there may be strong upside implicit. When the parcel expires without options, the tenant may have to pay much advanced request rent.

pitfalls versus Investment Returns as an investor, you like parcels that offer veritably high return,e.g. 8 to 9 cap rate. And so you may be attracted to a brand new franchised eatery offered for trade by a inventor. In this case, the inventor builds the caffs
fully with Furniture, Institutions and outfit( FFEs) for the franchisee grounded on the ballot specifications. The franchisee signs a 20 times absolute NNN parcel paying veritably generous rent per SF,e.g.$ 4 to$ 5 per SF yearly. The new franchisee is willing to do so because he doesn’t need to come up with any cash to open a business. Investors are agitated about the high return; still, this may be a veritably parlous investment. The bone
who’s guaranteed to make plutocrat is the inventor. The franchisee may not be willing to hold on during tough times as he doesn’t have any equity in the property. Should the franchisee’s business fails, you may not be suitable to find a tenant willing to pay similar high rent, and you may end up with a vacant eatery.

Track records of the driver the eatery being run by an driver with 1 or 2 lately-open caffs
will presumably be a unsafe investment. On the other hand, an driver with 20 times in the business and 30 locales may be more likely to be around coming time to pay you the rent.

Trade institutions some caffs
are vended with trade institutions so make sure you validate in writing what’s included in the trade.

Fast- food versus Sit- down while fast- food caffs
,e.g. McDonalds do well during the downturn, sit- down family caffs
tend to be more sensitive to the recession due to advanced prices and high charges. These caffs
may witness double- number drop in time- to- time profit. As a result, numerous sit- down caffs
were shut down during therecession.However, you should choose one in an area with high income and large population, If you consider investing in a sit-down eatery.
trade & Lease Back
Occasionally the eatery driver may vend the real estate part and also lease back the property for a long time,e.g. 20 times. A typical investor would wonder if the driver is in fiscal trouble so that he has to vend the property to pay for his debts. It may or may not be the case; still, this is a quick and easy way for the eatery driver to get cash out of the equities for good reason business expansion. Of course, the driver could refinance the property with cash out but that may not be the stylish option because

He can not maximize the cash out as lenders frequently advance only 65 of the property value in a refinance situation.
The loan will show as long term debt in the balance distance which is frequently not viewed in a positive light.
The interest rates may not be as favorable if the eatery driver doesn’t have a strong balance distance.
He may not be suitable to find any lenders due to the tight credit request.
You’ll frequently see 2 different cash out strategies when you look at the rent paid by the eatery driver

Conservative request rent the driver wants to make sure he pays a low rent so his eatery business has a good chance of being profitable. He also offers conservative cap rate to investors,e.g. 7 cap. As a result, his cash out quantum is small to moderate. This may be a low threat investment for an investor because the tenant is more likely to be suitable to go the rent.
Significantly advanced than request rent the driver wants to maximize his cash out by pricing the property much advanced than its request value,e.g.$ 2M for a$ 1M property. Investors are occasionally offered high cap rate,e.g. 10. The driver may pay$ 5 of rent per square bottom in an area where the rent for similar parcels is$ 3 per square bottom. As a result, the eatery business at this position may suffer a loss due to advanced rents. still, the driver gets as important plutocrat as possible. This property could be veritably parlous foryou.However, you’ll have to offer lower rent to another tenant to lease your structure, If the tenant’s business doesn’t make it and he declares ruin.
Ground Lease

sometimes you see a eatery on ground parcel for trade. The term ground parcel may be confusing as it could mean

You buy the structure and lease the land possessed by another investor on a long- term,e.g. 50 times, ground parcel.

You buy the land in which the tenant owns the structure. This is the most likely script. The tenant builds the eatery with its own plutocrat and also generally signs a 20 times NNN parcel to parcel the lot. If the tenant doesn’t renew the parcel also the structure is regressed to the squatter. The cap rate is frequently 1 lower,e.g. 6 to7.25 percent, compared to caffs
in which you buy both land and structure.
Since the tenant has to invest a substantial quantum of plutocrat( whether its own or espoused finances) for the construction of the structure, it has to be double sure that this is the right position for its business. In addition, should the tenant fail to make the rent payment or fail to renew the parcel, the structure with substantial value will return to you as the squatter. So the tenant will lose a lot more, both business and structure, if it doesn’t fulfill its obligation. And therefore it thinks doubly about not transferring in the rent checks. In that sense, this is a bit safer investment than a eatery which you enjoy both the land and advancements. Besides the lower cap rate, the major downsides for ground parcel are

There are no duty write- offs as the IRS doesn’t allow you to cheapen its land value. So your duty arrears are advanced. The tenants, on the other hand, can cheapen 100 the value of the structures and accoutrements to neutralize the gains from the business.
Still, e, If the property is damaged by fire or naturaldisasters.g. tornados, some plats may allow the tenants to collect insurance proceeds and terminate the parcel without rebuilding the parcels in the last many times of the parcel. Unfortunately, this author isn’t apprehensive of any insurance companies that would vend fire insurance to you since you do not enjoy the structure. So the threat is substantial as you may end up retaining a veritably precious vacant lot with no income and a huge property levies bill.

Some of the plats allow the tenants not having to make any structure,e.g. roof, repairs in the last many times of the parcel. This may bear investors to spend plutocrat on remitted conservation charges and therefore will have negative impact on the cash inflow of the property.

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