Japan's Zensho agrees to pay RM220m for The Chicken Rice Shop — source

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 13): Japanese restaurant operator Zensho Holdings Co Ltd agreed to buy Malaysian halal chain The Chicken Rice Shop (TCRS) for around RM220 million (US$52.86 million), a person with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

Zensho announced the acquisition last week but did not disclose the purchase price.

The deal increases the Japanese firm's presence in Southeast Asia, adding to current operations in Malaysia as well as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, said the person, who was not authorised to speak with media and so declined to be identified.

In a statement, Zensho said it plans to create synergies with TCRS' roughly 100 locations and open new restaurants.

Japan's Nomura was Zensho's sole financial adviser on the deal, the person said.

(US$1 = RM4.1620)