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Buffett to help finance Burger King deal: report

Warren Buffett will help finance Burger King's planned takeover of the Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Washington: Warren Buffett will help finance Burger King's planned takeover of the Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (Aug 26). The precise structure of Buffett's participation is not yet clear and discussions are ongoing, the paper said, quoting people familiar with the transaction.

Some of the people said it would be in the form of preferred shares, and one said Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway would provide about 25 percent of the deal's financing.

The companies announced the plan on Sunday and the Journal said a final deal valued at around US$10 billion (S$12.5 billion) or more could be announced in a day or two. The two companies' current market value is about US$18 billion.

They said on Sunday the new group would be traded and based in Canada, where the merged company's largest market is located. A Canada home base will also permit the company to benefit from Ottawa's more favourable tax code.