* 9 mln shares sold in IPO, vs 8 mln expected
* Offering raises $135 mln proceeds
July 27 Chefs' Warehouse Holdings, a
distributor of specialty food products, priced its upsized
initial public offering of 9 million shares at $15 apiece,
within the expected price range, an underwriter told Reuters.
The company had previously said it expected to sell shares
at between $14 and $16 a share. [ID:nL3E7IE234]
The offering, which raised $135 million in proceeds, was
underwritten by Jefferies, BMO Capital Markets, Wells Fargo
Securities, BB&T Capital Markets and Canaccord Genuity.
Chefs' Warehouse, which caters to fine dining
establishments, country clubs, hotels, caterers, culinary
schools and specialty food stores, will start trading on Nasdaq
on Thursday under the symbol "CHEF."
In April, the Ridgefield, Connecticut-based company, had
filed to raise up to $100 million from the IPO.
Chefs' Warehouse earned $15.9 million on revenue of $330.1
million, for the fiscal year ended Dec. 24, 2010.
(Reporting by Brenton Cordeiro; Editing by Gary Hill)