Aramark IPO Raises $725 Million

Global foodservice contractor also unveils new tagline, logo on first day of trading.

Aramark Holdings Corp. raised $725 million in its initial public offering on Friday, the third time the Philadelphia-based global foodservice contractor has gone public. The company can now be found on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ARMK.

Aramark had set its IPO price at $20 per share late Wednesday, at the low end of a projected range of $20 to $23. The company’s stock closed the day Thursday at $22.70, an increase of 14 percent. Shares opened at $23 on Friday and were trading at $23.81 around midday.

“The step Aramark is taking today better enables us to fulfill our growth objectives and our mission to deliver experiences that enrich and nourish lives,” said Eric Foss, president and CEO in a statement. “As a public company, we are even better positioned to execute our repeatable business model and deliver innovative, high-quality services to meet the evolving needs of our clients and customers.”

As part of the opening day celebration, the company also unveiled a revitalized logo and tagline: “We Dream. We Do.”

Aramark sold 28 million shares and plans to use the proceeds to pay down debt and is also looking for growth opportunities.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Foss said the focus will remain on growing the core business of providing foodservice, uniforms and facilities management to sports venues, hospitals, schools and prisons in 22 countries. But the company will also be “strategic” in looking at possible merger-and-acquisition activity — especially given opportunities for consolidation in the somewhat fragmented contract feeder space.

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