May 19, 2022 - Economy

McDonald's discloses buyer in Russia as it exits country

McDonald's store in Moscow.

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McDonald's on Wednesday said that it will sell its Russian business to a local licensee, who will continue to operate the restaurants under a different brand.

Why it matters: The fast-food giant has operated in Russia for three decades, and its original entry was viewed as a landmark thawing of Cold War tensions. It now becomes one of the largest foreign brands to exit Russia due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Catch up quick: McDonald's previously announced plans to exit Russia but didn't provide specifics.

  • The buyer is Alexander Govor, who began opening McDonald's stores in Russia seven years ago.

By the numbers: McDonald's has more than 800 restaurants in Russia, of which it owns around 84%. That works out to around $2.25 billion in annual revenue, or 3% of its global total.

  • No financial terms were disclosed for the divestiture, but McDonald's previously said it would take a $1.4 billion charge.

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