After lowering its 2007 earnings outlook, Wendy's International announced today that it has decided to explore a possible sale of the company. While a sale remains only one of the alternatives under consideration, Wendy's said that it believes the potential transactions merits more thorough examination.

The company is also evaluating a possible securitization financing of the company, also known as whole business financing and an increasingly talked method of raising cash, as demonstrated by the $1.7 billion deal by Dunkin Brands, which came to market in May 2006.

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