MADRID, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Madrid-based restaurant operator AmRest Holdings ( EATP.WA ) said on Monday it has decided to sell its KFC restaurant business in Russia to another buyer after the franchise owner executed his rights to object to an Agreement announced two months ago.
AmRest, which is listed on the Warsaw and Madrid stock exchanges, said in December it would sell the business to Russian restaurant and entertainment company Almira, but KFC owner Yum Brands Inc ( YUM.N ) blocked the deal, with AmRest eventually sold to Russian Franchisee Smart Service Ltd.
Yum Brands said last year it would transfer ownership of its Russian KFC locations to Smart Service.
Many Western companies have sold their Russian assets to local managers to comply with sanctions over Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
AmRest said the terms of the new deal were “substantially the same” as when it had agreed to sell the business for at least 100 million euros ($105.86 million).
The deal is subject to regulatory approvals in Russia.
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Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Editing by Inti Landauro and Shounak Dasgupta
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