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Shake Shack IPOSep 05 2014

Dang! It looks as though the Shake Shack is gonna IPO at a value of $1 billion. (BTW, $1 billion would buy you about 210 million ShackBurgers.)

At that level, Shake Shack would debut at 50 times projected earnings of about $20 million this year, the people said, asking not to be named because the details are private. The company has tapped JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley to manage the share sale, said the people.

That valuation would put it in line with other dining chains that have tapped into investor appetite for new stocks in recent years. El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (LOCO), which raised $123 million in July, now trades at about 60 times projected 2014 earnings, while Potbelly (PBPB) Corp. trades at over 64 times estimated earnings, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The Shack has about 50 locations worldwide. But their flagship Madison Square Park location will be closing for a few months soon for renovations...hopefully they'll have it back open for the IPO.

When the Fortune article on the NetscapeJul 16 2005

When the Fortune article on the Netscape IPO came out, I wondered why Jamie Zawinski wasn't in it...figured it was something like this. "The article is out now, and I see my instinct was exactly correct: it's not accomplishments or culture or technology, it's just about price tags. And to this day, every time I read Mike Homer's name my stomach clenches up."

Long article from Fortune on the 10thJul 14 2005

Long article from Fortune on the 10th anniversary of Netscape's IPO. Features interviews with several of the key players.

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