Holdings Update: Buy McDonald’s (MCD)

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The Jensen Investment Team Adds McDonald’s to the Quality Growth Strategy

March 2024

McDonald’s Corp (MCD) franchises fast-food restaurants in over 100 countries. Founded in 1940, the company today has more than 40,000 restaurants worldwide, with 95% operating under a franchised model and 5% company-operated. McDonald’s generates revenues primarily from royalty payments, which are calculated as a percentage of franchisee sales. Approximately half of McDonald’s restaurants pay both rent and royalties, and the remainder only pay royalties.

We believe McDonald’s benefits from a robust real estate portfolio, well-known brand, leading market position, and strong diversification across customers, suppliers and geographies. Additionally, McDonald’s enjoys high profit margins generated by royalty income and produces strong and relatively stable cash flow which it returns to shareholders via dividends and stock buybacks. While our expectations for revenue growth are tempered by the company’s size and industry, we believe that McDonald’s can continue to grow its restaurant footprint in the low single digits while steadily increasing pricing and customer traffic, leading to a solid mid-single-digit revenue growth rate over time. We are pleased to have added a business with strong competitive advantages and a dominant market position to the Quality Growth Strategy.

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