Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 25, 2022
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of Accounting, Policy [Policy Text Block]

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") as of  September 25, 2022 and December 26, 2021 and for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended September 25, 2022 and September 26, 2021 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 25, 2022, there were 154 Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants, including 77 Company-owned restaurants, three restaurants operating under contractual agreements and 74 franchisee-owned restaurants, including 23 international franchisee-owned restaurants in Aruba, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.  All Company-owned restaurants are located in the United States.  Three new Company-owned Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants were opened in August 2022 in Worcester, MA, Long Beach, CA and Melville, NY.  Subsequent to the end of the quarter ended September 25, 2022, a Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurant was relocated within Winter Park, FL.


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 25, 2022 and September 26, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for the full fiscal 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 unaudited condensed consolidated 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 26, 2021.


The Company operates on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year ending on the last Sunday in December. The fiscal quarters ended September 25, 2022 and September 26, 2021 each contained thirteen weeks and are referred to herein as the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, respectively. Fiscal years 2022 and 2021 are both 52-week years.

Impact of Unusual Risks and Uncertainties [Policy Text Block]

OVID-19 Impact


In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic and the United States declared it a National Public Health Emergency, which has resulted in a significant reduction in revenue at the Company’s restaurants due to mandatory restaurant closures, capacity limitations, social distancing guidelines or other restrictions mandated by governments across the world, including federal, state and local governments in the United States. As a result of these developments, the Company has experienced a significant negative impact on its revenues, results of operations and cash flows compared to periods prior to the onset of the pandemic. As of September 25, 2022, all of the Company-owned and -managed restaurants were open. This continues to be an unprecedented event in the Company’s history, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it remains uncertain how the conditions surrounding COVID-19 will continue to change. The Company has experienced and could continue to experience macroeconomic impacts, including those arising from the long duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including operating restrictions, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. The extent to which COVID-19 will continue to impact the Company will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the unknown duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be impacted by new and evolving variants of the COVID-19 virus, the actions taken to contain the impact of COVID-19, and further actions that may be taken to limit the resulting public health and economic impact.


We continue to monitor state, local, and federal government regulatory and public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the number of cases of COVID-19 throughout the United States, which could bring about restrictions such as mask requirements for team members, guests or both if the case counts were to spike.

Use of Estimates, Policy [Policy Text Block]



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 presented 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, operating lease right of use assets and obligations related to gift cards, income taxes, operating lease liabilities, incentive compensation, workers’ compensation and medical insurance. Actual results could differ from those estimates.