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In a recent article by Catherine Clifford at CNN Money‚ Ms. Clifford reports the most popular franchise brands over the past decade and the rate by which their franchisees repaid their Small Business Administration loan obligations.  Significantly‚ prospective franchisees should evaluate this list and give consideration to the “default rate” by which each brands failed to repay their SBA loan obligations.  Failed SBA loan repayment equals a failed business and some franchisee hardship.

Some of these default rates should be raising a red flag – the list follows:

  • Subway

Reported SBA Default Rate: 7%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 2‚292
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $391.8 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $170‚928

  • Quiznos

Reported SBA Default Rate: 25%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 2‚019
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $291.7 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $144‚458

  • The UPS Store

Reported SBA Default Rate: 12%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 1‚085
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $159.4 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $146‚943

  • Cold Stone Creamery

Reported SBA Default Rate: 31%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 774
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $180.9 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $233‚687

  • Dairy Queen

Reported SBA Default Rate: 8%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 478
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $157 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $328‚383

  • Dunkin' Donuts

Reported SBA Default Rate: 8%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 464
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $270.4 million
Reported Average Loan Size: $582‚726

  • Super 8 Motel

Reported SBA Default Rate: 4%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 456
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $415.2
Reported Average Loan Size: $910‚476

  • Days Inn

Reported SBA Default Rate: 6%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 390
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $399.2
Reported Average Loan Size: $1‚023‚690

  • Curves For Women

Reported SBA Default Rate: 16%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 371
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $36.4
Reported Average Loan Size: $98‚094

  • Matco Tools

Reported SBA Default Rate: 36%
Reported Number of SBA Loans: 321
Reported Total Amount Dispersed: $28.9
Reported Average Loan Size: $90‚131

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