r Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
This r Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), published in 2018, contains 23 items of information disclosed following the completion of the franchisor's fiscal year.
Key elements of the FDD report (which was previously known as the UFOC) include the full franchise agreement as well as extensive discussion of franchise fees, capital requirements, ongoing royalty and marketing expenses, financing options, litigation, site selection requirements, site build-out costs, training programs and costs, current and projected franchisor and franchisee-owned units, franchisee listings and contact information, franchisor historical financial performance, earnings performance (for franchisors supplying Item 19s), outstanding lawsuits, franchisor bankruptcy filings, and key executive biographies.
The FDDs for a chosen franchise and its competitiors are a must-buy for anyone considering investing in a franchise business.
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