Sweetgreen stock surged 82% upon opening: Sweetgreen IPO, Predictions, Share Price
An unfavourable grade would be assigned to Sweetgreen (SG) when it goes public on November 18, 2021, with a midpoint valuation of $24 per share.
Fresh salad chain Sweetgreen, the “fastest-growing restaurant brand in the United States,” had its public debut Thursday to rave reviews.
Stock in Sweetgreen jumped 82% when it went public. Investors flocked to Sweetgreen’s IPO on Thursday, despite the company’s lack of profitability. Above the initial range of $23 to $25, Sweetgreen valued its shares at $28. As of 2:30 p.m., shares were trading at $51.
If the predicted valuation of Sweetgreen shares holds true, I don’t think investors should expect to earn any money from the stock. Sweetgreen’s revenue is expected to rise 8x 2020 levels and outpace Chipotle’s in the first 10 years after going public at a $24 per share value.
Jonathan Neman, Nicolas Jammet, and Nathaniel Ru launched Sweetgreen in 2007. “It’s something that we’re considering, but nothing in the near future,” CEO Jonathan Neman said in a November 2019 interview with The Street. There is no indication here that the firm is pursuing an IPO or abandoning it.
Fresh products and produce are used in Sweetgreen’s fast-casual restaurants, which are owned and operated by the company. There have been approximately 515 million dollars in Venture Capital funding raised for the company, with investors such as Revolution, Signatures Capital, T. Rowe Price and Warren Capital Group contributing to the total. Other investors include Collaborative Fund and Red Sea Ventures, as well as the firms Torch Capital and D1 Capital Partners and Lone Pine Capital. A post-money valuation of $1.6 billion, according to press announcements from the company, was used to raise $150 million in September 2019.
|Employees||5396 (as of 09/26/2021)|
|Shares Over Alloted||1,875,000|
Average Unit Volume (AUV)(1):
• 2014-2019: Increased from $1.6 million to $3.0 million (12% CAGR)
• 2020: $2.2 million
• 2021: $2.5 million as of September 26, 2021, compared to $2.3 million as of September 27, 2020
There have been numerous restaurant companies (such as Dutch Bros. and Portillo’s) that have decided to go public in the previous year, including Sweetgreen. There will be more than 280 outlets in 13 or more states in the next five years as a result of the firm’s aim to double the number of restaurants it operates in the United States, which is a big milestone for the company. The company now has a $1.78 billion valuation following its most recent investment round.
Owners of Sweetgreen have argued for a long time that the company provides far more than just salads to customers. Founder Jonathan Neman described the company as a “food platform,” not just a restaurant, in an interview with Recode in 2018. In the future, the company plans to create a “food ecosystem” that includes delivery, supply chain management, and shop operations using its proprietary technology platforms.