The world’s largest hamburger chain has started the process of selling its business in Russia, where it employs 62,000 people. It is the latest major Western company to shut down operations in the country, but the reasons are not all rosy. The company said in early March that it will close stores temporarily and pay its Russian employees, but it did not name the buyer. It did not say if it would sell its Russian business to an international company or to a private entity. The decision is a difficult one for the company and its hundreds of suppliers.
According to the report, McDonald’s will continue to pay its workers in Ukraine, although the company has temporarily closed all 108 restaurants in Russia. The company said the restaurants in Russia and Ukraine contributed nine percent of its revenue last year, and it is now looking at shutting them down permanently. The company said it will redirect profits from the business to humanitarian aid and other initiatives. The Russian restaurants generated nearly $2 billion in sales last year.
While the deal may be a win-win situation for shareholders, the company’s reputation in the region will suffer as a result of its decision to sell its Russian business. Its biggest competitors have already halted their business in the country. However, the deal could be risky if the company does not have a clear plan for the future of its franchisees. Regardless of whether or not the Russian McDonald’s franchisees are sold, their trademarks will remain in the country.
The sale of the McDonald’s Russian business has many negative implications for the company. The country has imposed sanctions that make it difficult to get certain ingredients from the United States. As a result, a successful McDonald’s brand name would be more recognizable in the Russian market if it had a Russian presence. However, it is hard to imagine what the future holds for the brand in the country. In the meantime, there is no guarantee that the Russian business will succeed, but it is a good sign for investors, as McDonald’s Russian operation has provided millions of people with a taste of American food.
In addition to a negative impact for Russia, the company is also facing several challenges that aren’t just personal but also financial. The company plans to sell its stake in Avtovaz to a Russian science institute. Additionally, it will sell its shares in Moscow to the city of Moscow. The company hopes to make future business decisions based on the current situation. The Russian government is already making plans to replace McDonald’s in the country.
Another major American corporation with a significant presence in Russia is General Electric. This company owned a dozen stores in the country, and its Russian business is responsible for around eight percent of its earnings. The company said the country accounted for about 8.5% of its earnings before tax and interest. It also operates in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, where it had the greatest exposure to the Russian market. The company is continuing to pay its 15,000 Russian employees.