A burger chain with a cult following is ready to claim the “FAT” ticker on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
On Wednesday, FAT Brands Inc. – the parent company of Fatburger, as well as Buffalo’s Cafe and Buffalo’s Express – announced that it plans to raise $24 million in its initial public offering, offering two million shares at $12 per share. The company has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq, under the ticker FAT.
FAT Brands also announced on Wednesday that it entered into a $10.5 million agreement to acquire Homestyle Dining LLC, the parent company of two steakhouse brands, Ponderosa and Bonanza. With the acquisition, FAT increased its IPO price from the $20 million it announced in August.
Fatburger, which has 200 restaurants in 18 different countries, is currently the best-known of FAT Brands’ restaurant concepts.
The chain already has a cult following on the West Coast, with celebrity fans such as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. Kanye West went so far as to become a franchisee with the rights to open 10 locations in Chicago.