>Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results

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>HEATHROW, Fla., Feb 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUTH) today reported unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 27, 2009.
Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 were as follows:

Total revenue decreased 9.9% to $87.4 million compared to $96.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $60.7 million or $2.59 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008. Excluding charges in both periods and on a tax adjusted basis, net income was $0.11 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008. (See attached reconciliation).
Company-owned comparable restaurant sales for Ruth’s Chris Steak House decreased 11.2%. Company-owned comparable restaurant sales for Mitchell’s Fish Market decreased 2.5%.

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