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DineEquity, Inc. Announces The Sale Of 65 Applebee’s Company-Operated Restaurants In Michigan To TSFR Apple Venture LLC

On May 1, 2012, DineEquity announced that it entered into an asset purchase agreement with Potomac Family Dining Group, LLC for the sale of 39 Applebee's company-operated restaurants located in Virginia.

On May 29, 2012, DineEquity announced that it entered into an asset purchase agreement with American Franchise Capital, LLC for the sale of 33 Applebee's company-operated restaurants located primarily in Missouri and Indiana.

The Company anticipates closing these transactions in the third or early fourth quarter of 2012. DineEquity will update its 2012 financial performance guidance upon closing of these transactions.

To date, DineEquity has sold a total of 342 domestic Applebee's company-operated restaurants since its acquisition of Applebee's International in November 2007. The Company has demonstrated that its increasingly franchised business model is less capital intensive and experiences less volatility in cash flow performance compared to the operation of company-operated restaurants.

TSFR Apple Venture LLC is part of a family of Michigan-based restaurant companies started in 1981 by the Schostak Family, which after the transaction for 65 Applebee’s restaurants closes, will own, operate or have an investment in more than 160 restaurants including fast food, family dining and casual dining and employ more than 4,000 people throughout Michigan. The business is led by Mark Schostak and professional managers Bill Angott and Mike Devlin, all Michigan natives and veterans in the restaurant industry. As part of its operating group, TSFR Apple Venture LLC has an experienced and stable senior management team.

About DineEquity, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With more than 3,500 restaurants combined in 18 countries, over 400 franchisees and approximately 200,000 team members (including franchisee- and company-operated restaurant employees), DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "plan" and other similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the effect of general economic conditions; the Company's substantial indebtedness; risk of future impairment charges; the Company's results in any given period differing from guidance provided to the public; the highly competitive nature of the restaurant business; the Company's business strategy failing to achieve anticipated results; risks associated with the restaurant industry; shortages or interruptions in the supply or delivery of food; changing health or dietary preferences; our dependence upon our franchisees; our engagement in business in foreign markets; harm to our brands' reputation; litigation; environmental liability; liability relating to employees; failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations; failure to effectively implement restaurant development plans; concentration of Applebee's franchised restaurants in a limited number of franchisees; credit risk from IHOP franchisees operating under our previous business model; termination or non-renewal of franchise agreements; franchisees breaching their franchise agreements; insolvency proceedings involving franchisees; changes in the number and quality of franchisees; inability of franchisees to fund capital expenditures; third-party claims with respect to intellectual property assets; heavy dependence on information technology; failure to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable information; failure to execute on a business continuity plan; inability to attract and retain talented employees; risks associated with retail brand initiatives; failure of our internal controls; and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements.

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