>Brinker International Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 EPS

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>DALLAS, April 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced third quarter fiscal 2010 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.37 compared to $0.40 for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, before special items (reconciliation included in Table 2). On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased to $0.39 from $0.34 for the third quarter in the prior year.

Including On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R), earnings per diluted share before special items was $0.42 for the third quarter fiscal 2010 (reconciliation included in Table 2). The costs associated with implementing the new Chili’s menu lowered earnings by approximately $5.0 million before tax, weather negatively impacted comparable restaurant sales by approximately 90 basis points and the resolution of certain tax positions resulted in a positive impact of approximately $3.0 million to tax expense for the quarter.

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