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J. Alexander’s Shelves IPO But Owner Fidelity Plans Spinoff

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., operator of 40 casual dining restaurants has shelved its plans to go public. The company said last week that it determined not to pursue the initial public offering because terms offered by its underwriters “are not sufficiently attractive to the Company.”


Darden to Undertake REIT, Sale Leaseback Strategy

Ending months of speculation, Darden Restaurants plans to separate a portion of its real estate holdings by spinning off 430 units into a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Nearly all assets in the newly created entity will be then leased back to Darden.


Sonic: Peak Burger?

It seems whenever Sonic CEO, Cliff Hudson, appears on CNBC to discuss his company's quarterly results lately, he's asked to comment on the fast action in the better burger category. This morning was no exception.


Fogo de Chão Goes Public. What’s a Fogo de Chão?

Fogo de Chão completed its initial public offering on June 18, selling 4,411,764 shares of its common stock at a price of $20 per share. The stock closed at $25.75 after its first day of trading. Jefferies and J.P. Morgan Securities led the offering as joint book-running managers.


Aikman Cashes In On Wingstop IPO

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current Fox NFL analyst, Troy Aikman, cashed in on Wingstop’s initial public offering on June 11. Aikman, a former director, netted $1.27 million on the sale of 71,940 shares.


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