Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

The Company and Basis of Presentation

The Company and Basis of Presentation
9 Months Ended
Sep. 29, 2019
Organization Consolidation And Presentation Of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
The Company and Basis of Presentation

(1) The Company and Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the Company) as of September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018 and for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended September 29, 2019 and September 30, 2018 have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The condensed consolidated financial statements include the financial statements of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. is a restaurant company focused on the upscale dining segment. Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. operates Company-owned Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants and sells franchise rights to Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchisees giving the franchisees the exclusive right to operate similar restaurants in a particular area designated in the franchise agreement. As of September 29, 2019, there were 157 Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants, including 81 Company-owned restaurants, three restaurants operating under contractual agreements and 73 franchisee-owned restaurants, including 21 international franchisee-owned restaurants in Aruba, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan. All Company-owned restaurants are located in the United States.  Subsequent to the end of the quarter a Company-owned Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurant was opened in Columbus, OH.

On July 29, 2019, the Company completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of three franchisee-owned Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants located in Philadelphia, PA, King of Prussia, PA and Garden City, NY (the “MBR Franchise Acquisition”) for a cash purchase price of $18.6 million.  The acquisition was funded with debt through the Company’s senior credit facility.  The results of operations, financial position and cash flows of the MBR Franchise Acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of the date of the acquisition.  For additional information, see Note 2.

The information furnished herein reflects all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals and adjustments), which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to fairly present the operating results for the respective periods. The interim results of operations for the periods ended September 29, 2019 and September 30, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for the full year. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally presented in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) have been condensed or omitted pursuant to the SEC’s rules and regulations. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2018.

The Company operates on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year ending on the last Sunday in December. The fiscal quarters ended September 29, 2019 and September 30, 2018 each contained thirteen weeks and are referred to herein as the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, respectively. Fiscal years 2019 and 2018 are both 52-week years.


Management of the Company has made a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reporting of revenue and expenses during the periods to prepare these condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP. Significant items subject to such estimates and assumptions include the carrying amounts of property and equipment, goodwill, franchise rights, lease right of use assets and obligations related to gift cards, income taxes, lease liabilities, incentive compensation, workers’ compensation and medical insurance. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Recent Adopted Accounting Standard

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which requires a lessee to recognize on the balance sheet a liability to make lease payments and a corresponding right-of-use asset.  The guidance also requires certain qualitative and quantitative disclosures about the amount, timing and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases.  The Company adopted this new lease standard on December 31, 2018.  See Note 3 for further information about our transition to this new lease standard.