Panera Breads describes unique o neras it prepares for the IPO

May 24, 2023: Panera Bread’s parent company is changing its leadership as it prepares to go public again.

On Tuesday, the announcement confirmed that the restaurant company is interested in a public offering after calling off a deal in the previous year with Danny Meyer’s SPAC to go public again.

The arrangement would have traded shares of USHG Acquisition for the sandwich chain’s stock and allowed the firm to survive a merger with Panera’s subsidiary Rye Merger. However, Panera scrapped those plans in July, citing market conditions.

JAB Holding, the acquisition arm of the Reimann family, bought Panera Bread in 2017 for $7.5 billion, taking it private. The firm combined the sandwich chain with Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee to form Panera Brands.

In the press release, Panera Brands stated that the leadership transfers are “in preparation for its eventual IPO.”

The present CEO, Niren Chaudhary, will step down on July 1 but plans to stick around as chairman of the firm’s board. Chaudhary has been serving as chief executive for four years after joining the Krispy Kreme firm. According to Factset, JAB Holding also owned the doughnut chain before its IPO in 2021 and still retains a 45% ownership stake.

Einstein Bros. Bagels CEO Jose Dueñas will take the reins from Chaudhary. Before joining the bagel chain in the year 2019, he served as chief brand officer for Sonic Drive-In. He his Resumes his time at Darden Restaurants’ Olive Garden and Kellogg.

In 2022, Panera Brands’ earnings surpassed $4.8 billion. Panera Bread, the biggest chain in the portfolio, has long been described as a technology leader in the restaurant industry. Digital orders account for over half of the chain’s total sales, and its loyalty program has 53 million people. Panera Bread which has led testing A.I. drive-thru order taking and Amazon’s palm-scanning technology.

Panera Brands is one of many restaurant companies publicly talking about going public. On Friday, Mediterranean fast-casual chain Cava filed to go public through an IPO.

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