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January 16, 2013 - ARLINGTON, Va. - - Franchise companies nearly doubled the S&P 500's performance according to FRANdex tracking results released today by FRANdata, an independent company that tracks and analyzes franchises and their performance.

The S&P ended the fourth quarter with a 1.0% drop as a result of the aftermath caused by Sandy and stalled negotiations in Washington that threatened to plunge the economy. Small-cap stocks outperformed large-cap equities as Russell added 1.2% for the quarter. FRANdex, up 0.8%, continued its gains for the fifth consecutive quarter.

45 stocks included in the FRANdex gained 23.2% in 2012, while S&P and Russell registered 13.4% and 14.6%, respectively.

Based on the actual index levels without normalization, over the past 27 quarters FRANdex's period-over-period yield is on average 1.1% higher than that for S&P and 1.0% higher than that for Russell 2000.

About FRANdex and FRANdex+M FRANdex and FRANdex+M track the performance, based on market capitalization, of the largest 45 and 46 U.S. publicly-traded companies, respectively, that use the business format franchising model. Collectively the companies operate 108 franchise brands. All index levels are normalized to 1,000 at Q1 2006 for comparison purposes and all remaining periods are adjusted accordingly. FRANdex+M includes the McDonald's Corporation. Since McDonald's represents more than 25% of the overall market capitalization of publicly-traded franchise companies, it is excluded from FRANdex but included in FRANdex+M for comparative purposes. FRANdex includes publicly traded companies where franchising is material to the company's financial performance and business operations.

About FRANdata FRANdata is an independent research company that tracks and analyzes franchises and their performance. The Arlington, Va.-based company is often called upon by investors and private equityfirms to help them identify brands that meet their target performance metrics, and provide due diligence research as the deal progresses. FRANdata is often cited as an expert in such leading media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Additional information is available on the company's website, www.frandata.com

Editor's Note Copies of the performance charts are available by contacting Amy Bannon at abannon@franpr.com or 202-789-1940. # # #

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