MIAMI-- Burger King is buying Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, creating the world's third-largest fast-food company. The corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada, a move that may help Burger King lower its taxes.

Burger King will still run its business out of Miami.Burger King Worldwide Inc. will pay $65.50 Canadian ($59.74) in cash and 0.8025 common shares of the new company for each Tim Hortons share.

Burger King could reclassify itself as a foreign company and pay the Canadian tax rate, which is significantly less burdensome than the high American corporate tax rate. VPC

This represents total value per Tim Hortons share of $94.05 Canadian (US$85.79), based on Burger King's Monday closing stock price. Alternatively, Tim Hortons shareholders may choose either all-cash or all stock in the new company.

Tim Hortons stock rose more than 10 percent in Tuesday premarket trading. Burger King's shares fell slightly.

Burger King announced it's buying the Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for about 11 billion dollars.

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