Any New Englander knows you can’t put a price on Dunkin’ Donuts. But, if you were to, it might sound something like $7 billion, according to one analyst. A European investment fund that recently acquired Krispy Kreme might just be in the market for another massive doughnut holding, according to the Boston Business Journal, and could shell out for the multi-billion-dollar price tag.
JAB Holding Co. purchased Krispy Kreme for a paltry $1.4 billion in May, but the churning rumor mill suggests it would be willing to pay much more for Dunkin’. Another estimate suggests the price could to as high as $9 billion, The Street reported. The company has already acquired the likes of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee, Einstein Brothers, and Stumptown, and adding Dunkin’ to the equation would give JAB Holding a serious corner on the coffee and pastry market.
While no deal has been finalized, a potential acquisition would include nearly 20,000 restaurants, including both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins.