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IPO Roundup: El Pollo Loco soars in debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is still hungry for fast-casual restaurant chains.

El Pollo Loco, which serves up Mexican-style dishes, is the latest restaurant chain to soar in its stock market debut. Others, including Zoe's Kitchen Inc., Potbelly Corp. and Noodles & Co., also climbed in their initial public offerings.

Shares of El Pollo Loco rose 60 percent Friday.

At least three other IPOs were released Friday, including two drug companies and a water drainage system maker.

Here's how they all fared:


The chain, whose headquarters is in Costa Mesa, California, grills chicken in front of customers to make its Mexican-style dishes at its 400 restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah. It raised more than $107 million after pricing 7.14 million shares at $15 per share. It plans to use the cash raised to pay down debt. Shares of El Pollo Loco, which are trading on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol "LOCO," rose $9.03, or 60.2 percent, to close at $24.03.


The maker of treatments and therapies for eye diseases raised $65 million after selling 5 million shares at $13 per share. The pricing is below its previously expected range of between $14 and $16 per share. Ocular plans to use the money it raised to complete clinical trials of its treatments, for marketing expenses and to buy manufacturing equipment. Its shares rose 15 cents to $13.15 on the Nasdaq exchange. The shares trade under the symbol "OCUL." The company is based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

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