Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ARCO) (“Arcos Dorados” or the “Company”), Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, announced today that it has entered into a Total Return Equity Swap transaction with Goldman Sachs International to reduce most of the impact that its stock price variation has on its income statement as a result of recognizing the compensation expense from the Long Term Incentive Plan (the CAD program). The goal of the transaction is to reduce the future volatility of Arcos Dorados’ results of operations resulting from fluctuations in its stock price.
Under the Total Return Equity Swap, the Company receives (or pays) the gains (or losses) plus dividends on a notional number of 2,272,551 of its Class A shares. The reference price for the Total Return Equity Swap is $13.7689 per share.
The Total Return Equity Swap transaction will mature no later than September, 2013. Additionally, subject to certain limitations, the Company may reduce the notional number of Class A shares underlying the Total Return Equity Swap transaction prior to the transaction’s maturity.
********About Arcos Dorados Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises 1,840 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees serving approximately 4.3 million customers a day, as of December 2011. Recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America, Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO). To learn more about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our website: www.arcosdorados.com