May 15, 2015

Bojangles BOJA IPO

Bojangles a southern style fast food restaurant went public this week. Bojangles BOJA is headquartered in my hometown and I'm very familiar with eating there. I've been eating at Bojangles since I was a kid and the food quality is always great. Fried chicken and biscuits aren't my favorite food but I like them and eat them occasionally. Bojangles does have some spicy fried chicken that I do like. In my opinion Boajangle's sweet tea might be the best fast food sweet tea. They do a big breakfast with biscuits. They do lunch and dinner of course with the chicken entrée. For side dishes they have typical southern things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes etc. They have a very large marketing presence in Charlotte. They always work the the NFL Carolina Panthers and their players. They sponsor the Hornets too. That's my quick company profile. Here is the more in-depth Yahoo Finance profile.

Bojangles', Inc. owns, operates, and franchises a chain of quick-service restaurants. The company offers boneless chicken, buttermilk biscuits, sandwiches, iced tea, biscuit sandwiches and snacks, salads, combos, boxes, dinners, family meals, drinks, sweets, fixin’s, and kids’ meals. It also sells apparel, drink ware, and lifestyle and writing products online. The company was founded in 1977 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., as well as Honduras.

I think Bojangles might be one of the better Food IPO's to come out recently. I'd like to do some comparative analysis of BOJA vs the rest of the industry but I didn't find any financial statements. I tried unsuccessfully on the SEC's site too. It's a good market for food companies lately and the Street has been eating them up. Bojangles looks like a good speculation as far as this industry goes as the stock printed a new high of 28.45 today.