McDonald's

McDonald's restaurants are in 120 countries and territories and serve 68 million customers each day.[23][24] McDonald's operates 37,855 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 210,000 people as of the end of 2018.[12][13][23] There are a total of 2,770 company-owned locations and 35,085 franchised locations, which includes 21,685 locations franchised to conventional franchisees, 7,225 locations licensed to developmental licensees, and 6,175 locations licensed to foreign affiliates.[12][13]

Focusing on its core brand, McDonald's began divesting itself of other chains it had acquired during the 1990s. The company owned a majority stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill until October 2006, when McDonald's fully divested from Chipotle through a stock exchange.[25][26] Until December 2003, it owned Donatos Pizza, and it owned a small share of Aroma Café from 1999 to 2001. On August 27, 2007, McDonald's sold Boston Market to Sun Capital Partners.[27]

McDonald's has increased shareholder dividends for 25 consecutive years,[28] making it one of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats.[29][30] The company is ranked 131st on the Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue.[31] In October 2012, its monthly sales fell for the first time in nine years.[32] In 2014, its quarterly sales fell for the first time in seventeen years, when its sales dropped for the entirety of 1997.[33]

In the United States, it is reported that drive-throughs account for 70 percent of sales.[34][35] McDonald's closed down 184 restaurants in the United States in 2015, which was 59 more than what they planned to open.[36][37] This move was the first time McDonald's had a net decrease in the number of locations in the United States since 1970.[37]

The McDonald's on-demand delivery concept, which began in 2017 with a partnership with Uber Eats and added DoorDash in 2019 (with select locations adding Grubhub in 2021), accounts for up to 3% of all business as of 2019.[38]

The $100 billion in sales generated by McDonald's company-owned and franchise restaurants in 2019 accounts for almost 4% of the estimated $2.5 trillion global restaurant industry.[39]

Finance

For the fiscal year 2018, McDonald's reported earnings of US$5.9 billion, with an annual revenue of US$21.0 billion, a decrease of 7.9% over the previous fiscal cycle. McDonald's shares traded at over $145 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at over US$134.5 billion in September 2018.

 

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