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TGI Friday’s is going public again


A TGI Fridays restaurant in New York City.

Scott Mlyn | CNBC

T.G.I. Friday’s is going public again.

The casual dining chain is planning on merging with Allegro Merger, a special purpose acquisition company with ties to investment firm Crescendo Partners, the two companies announced Friday. Special purpose acquisition companies have no assets but use the proceeds from an IPO, combined with bank financing, to buy and take privately held consumer companies public.

If the deal closes, T.G.I. Friday’s owners will receive $30 million in cash and stock. TriArtisan Capital Advisors, the restaurant company’s majority owner, expects to exchange most of its ownership for shares of Allegro.

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