McDonald's inviting bids for part of Japan unit: WSJ

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp MCD.N is inviting bids for the sale of a 33 percent stake in its Japan unit McDonald's Holdings Co Japan Ltd 2702.T, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

The fast-food company owns just under 50 percent of the unit. Bids are due next week and a number of private-equity firms are considering bids, the Journal reported.

Morgan Stanley is running the sale, the newspaper reported, citing one of the sources.

McDonald's — which last week agreed to sell the bulk of its China and Hong Kong business to state-backed conglomerate CITIC Ltd 0267.HK and Carlyle Group LP CG.O — said in January last year that it was looking to sell a portion of its stake in the Japanese business.

“McDonald’s Corp is continuing to explore a potential sale of a portion of its ownership in McDonald’s Japan. There have been no decisions made at this time,” company spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in an email.

Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Aravind K; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta