"The Board of Directors and our advisers have thoroughly evaluated all options available to the Company and are confident that this agreement will provide the most promising opportunity to realize the highest value for our stockholders while providing the best path forward for the Ruby Tuesday brand, its employees, franchisees, and loyal customers," said Stephen Sadove, Non-executive Chairman of Ruby Tuesday. "NRD Capital has a distinguished track record of achieving and maintaining profitable growth for restaurant concepts and will be an excellent partner to lead Ruby Tuesday going forward."
Under the transaction, NRD will purchase all of Ruby Tuesday's common stock for $2.40 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 37percent over Ruby Tuesday's closing share price on March 13, 2017, the day before the Company announced its intention to explore strategic alternatives, and a premium of approximately 21 percent over Ruby Tuesday's closing share price on October 13, 2017.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. owns and franchises Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants. As of September 5, 2017, there were 599 Ruby Tuesday restaurants in 41 states, 14 foreign countries, and Guam.
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