McDonald's Operators may hear some discussion from today's analyst meeting about
doing something with the McDonald's real estate empire in the form of a Real Estate Investment Trust. While having a third party influencing the real estate side of the
franchise relationship would be disastrous for McDonald's Operators - not to worry.
The ongoing activities of the supplier owned REIT - System Capital Corporation - will
prevent any real transparency into McDonald's real estate and the topic will fade
away as it always has.