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Danny Meyer’s SPAC and Panera Bread have terminated an agreement to make the sandwich chain public again, citing market conditions.
In November, the parent company of the sandwich chain, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. announced. Bagels that they are preparing for listing and had secured an investment from USHG Acquisition, Meyer̵[ads1]7;s acquisition company for special purposes.
It was an unusual agreement for a SPAC, which usually uses bank financing and the proceeds of a listed offering to publish privately owned companies. The proposed scheme would have swapped shares in the USHG Acquisition for the sandwich chain’s shares and allowed the company to survive a merger with Panera’s subsidiary Rye Merger.
At the time of the agreement, the SPACs were still flourishing, supported by eager investors who liked their availability, and the wider market was still high. But high-profile busts and the threat of regulation have made SPACs less popular, while the war in Ukraine, soaring inflation and recession fears have delayed many companies’ hopes of being listed.
The merger had to be completed by Thursday, otherwise both parties could terminate the agreement. On Friday, Panera submitted a written notice to USHG that they would terminate the agreement after meeting the deadline, according to a regulatory submission.
“Based on current capital market conditions, it is unlikely that a listed issue for Panera will occur in the short term, and therefore we have agreed not to extend our partnership beyond the existing expiration date of June 30,” Meyer said in a statement.
The Shake Shack founder added that his SPAC will continue to look for investment.
Panera became private in 2017 after JAB Holding bought the company for $ 7.5 billion. As a privately held company, the chain continues to invest in technology, increase its digital sales and maintain its reputation as a leader in the restaurant industry.
The termination of the agreement is a blow to JAB, which has trimmed its portfolio over the past year. The company, which is the investment arm of the Reimann family, sold Au Bon Pain to a Yum Brands franchisee in June last year. Under JAB’s ownership, many Au Bon Pain locations were converted into Panera restaurants, reducing the footprint from approximately 300 locations to 171. Then, in July, Krispy Kreme went public again after being owned by JAB since 2016.