Burger chain gears up for $568m float

Ollie Gordon
Shake Shack has 63 outlets globally
EMERGING gourmet burger chain Shake Shack said yesterday it expected its initial public offering to price at between $14 and $16 a share, giving the company a market value of up to $568m.

Shake Shack, which grew from its origins as a hot dog stand in New York’s Madison Square Park, has adopted a cult following among America’s urban millennials since it was started in 2001 by restaurateur Daniel Meyer.

The New York-based eatery’s major shareholders include Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners and hedge fund Select Equity Group.

Shake Shack – which now has 63 outlets internationally including one in Covent Garden – expects it offering of 5m class A shares to raise up to $80m. After the IPO, class A shareholders will hold 14.1 per cent of voting rights, said the company.

JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are among the IPO’s lead underwriters.

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