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Roark Capital Group Closes Acquisition Of CKE Restaurants, Marks 17th Restaurant Investment

About Roark Capital Group

Roark Capital Group is an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchise, brand management, environmental services and marketing services companies with attractive growth prospects. Roark's franchise and multi-unit portfolio includes 29 brands that collectively have more than 15,000 locations and $15 billion in system-wide revenues across 50 states and 68 countries. Roark's total locations include nearly 13,000 domestic locations and more than 2,300 international locations. They also include nearly 13,000 franchise locations (operated by 4,200 franchisees) and 2,300 company-owned locations. CKE Restaurants is Roark's 17 th restaurant investment. Roark affiliates have also acquired other restaurant concepts including Arby's, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Carvel Ice Cream, Corner Bakery, Il Fornaio, McAlister's Deli, Miller's Ale House, Moe's Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky's, and Wingstop. Roark's portfolio also includes brands such as Atkins Nutritionals, Massage Envy, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Primrose Schools, Money Mailer, FASTSIGNS, and Pet Valu. The firm has $3 billion of equity capital under management. For more information, visit  www.roarkcapital.com.

About CKE Inc.

CKE Inc. ("CKE") is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. Through its subsidiaries, CKE owns and licenses Carl's Jr. ® and Hardee's ® quick-service restaurants. CKE operates Carl's Jr. and Hardee's as one brand under two names acknowledging the regional heritage of both banners. CKE has a total of 3,413 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and 30 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Six Dollar Thickburgers ®, Made from Scratch Biscuits , Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and Fresh Baked Buns, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl's Jr./Hardee's brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. Since the end of Fiscal Year 2011 and through November 4, 2013, the most recently completed fiscal quarter, CKE's annual system-wide sales were up 15% and the number of franchised and company-operated restaurants increased 8% worldwide, driven by 2% domestic growth and 53% growth outside the U.S. The Carl's Jr./Hardee's system is now 74% franchised, with international restaurants representing 16% of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Monica RutkowskiFishman Public Relations(847) 945-1300 mrutkowski@fishmanpr.com

SOURCE Roark Capital Group

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