CAVA stock soars in its IPO debut

CAVA stock soars in its IPO debut

CAVA (CAVA) on Thursday made its public debut on the New York Stock Exchange, and it looks like Wall Street investors want, at least initially, to take a big bite.

Shares of the Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant chain closed at $43.30, valuing the restaurant chain at roughly $4.8 billion. That’s almost twice what the company priced on Wednesday evening at $22 per share, which valued the company at $2.5 billion.

Cava initially sought a common stock price offering for between $17 and $19 per share, which valued Cava as a roughly $2.1 billion business; it then raised that range to $19 to $20 last Monday.

Cava’s IPO is the sixth largest on a US exchange so far this year. The largest? On May 3 J&J spinoff Kenvue (KVUE), a consumer health company, made its public debut at $4.37 billion.

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