Investors crave Shake Shack: IPO prices surge above expectations

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Danny Meyer, center, Founder & CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, waits for the Shake Shack IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Photo: AP

Investors apparently have a craving for a better burger.

Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $47.21 per share, above its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share from earlier in the week.

By noon, the price was hovering around $49.

It sold 5 million shares, raising $105 million and making the chain’s valuation more that $745 billion in the IPO deal. The banks managing the deal said they may buy 750,000 more shares.

Shake Shack cooks burgers to order and promotes its use of natural ingredients, emblematic of what’s known as the “better burger” trend.

Its origins date to 2001, when Union Square Hospitality Group, a company owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer, opened a hot dog cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. Shake Shack now has 63 locations in nine countries.

The stock is expected to begin trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange under the “SHAK” ticker symbol.

This story is compiled with information from The Associated Press. 

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