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Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. -- Moody's assigns B2 CFR to Carrols Holdco Inc., rates proposed bank facilities B2

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today assigned Carrols Holdco Inc. ("Carrols") a B2 Corporate Family Rating ("CFR"), B2-PD Probability of Default rating, and SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating ("SGL"). Proceeds from the proposed $400 million senior secured term loan B, along with common and preferred equity totaling approximately $138.5 million, will be used to acquire 166 Burger Kings and 55 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen ("Popeyes") restaurants through a merger with Cambridge Franchise Holdings, LLC ("Cambridge"), redeem Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.'s existing $275 million 8% senior secured 2nd lien notes due 2022, as well as pay related premiums, fees and expenses. "The assigned B2 CFR reflects the company's solid earnings and credit metrics that will continue to strengthen as management focuses on driving sales, continues development and acquisitions, and manages costs," stated Adam McLaren, Moody's Analyst.