Note 13 - Incentive and Stock Option Plans
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 25, 2022
|Notes to Financial Statements|
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(13) Incentive and Stock Option Plans
Long-Term Equity Incentive Plans
In connection with the initial public offering, the Company adopted the Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc. 2005 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan), which allows the Company’s Board of Directors to grant stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, deferred stock units and other equity-based awards to non-employee directors, officers, key employees and other key individuals performing services for the Company. The restricted stock units are settled in shares upon vest. Initially, 2.4 million shares were authorized for issuance under the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan. The 2005 Equity Incentive Plan provides for granting of options to purchase shares of common stock at an exercise price not less than the fair value of the stock on the date of grant. Options are exercisable, and restricted stock vests, at various periods ranging from lled. As of December 25, 2022, there are 30,396 currently outstanding unvested restricted stock awards under the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan and 916,938 shares of currently outstanding unvested restricted stock awards and units outstanding under the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan and 1,654,859 shares available for future grants.to years from date of grant. Effective May 22, 2008, the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan was amended, with stockholder approval, to increase the number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan by 1.5 million shares. The Amended and Restated 2005 Equity Incentive Plan was adopted on October 26, 2012, and the number of shares authorized for issuance under the Amended and Restated 2005 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan was increased by 2.0 million shares at the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. On May 15, 2018, the Company’s stockholders approved a new 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan) which replaces the Amended and Restated 2005 Equity Incentive Plan which expired on May 30, 2018. The 2018 Equity Incentive Plan authorizes 2.5 million shares reserved for future grants. Awards that were previously awarded under the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan that are forfeited or cancelled in the future will be made available for grant or issuance under the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan. The 1,649,394 shares that were authorized but unissued under the 2005 Equity Incentive Plan as of May 15, 2018 were cance
During fiscal year 2022, the Company issued 247,163 awards of restricted stock awards to certain employees and executive officers, 184,931 awards of performance stock units and 33,625 awards of restricted stock units to non-employee directors from available shares under the 2018 Plan. All shares were issued with a grant date fair market value equal to the closing price of the stock on the date of the grants. The performance stock units will vest based on performance metrics at the end of a three year cycle, with the number of units that ultimately vest to be determined by the achievement of certain performance criteria. As of and for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2022, the Company assumed 100% of the awards to be vested at the end of the year performance cycle. Of the 280,788 shares of restricted stock issued during 2022, 103,389 shares will vest in fiscal year 2023, 103,389 shares will vest in fiscal year 2024, 66,789 shares will vest in fiscal year 2025 and 7,220 will vest in fiscal year 2027. The 184,931 awards of performance stock units will vest in fiscal year 2025.
The Company recorded $7.9 million, $4.9 million and $8.2 million in total restricted stock compensation expense during fiscal years 2022, 2021, and 2020, respectively that was classified primarily as general and administrative costs. The Company recognized $165 thousand in income tax benefit related to stock-based compensation plans during fiscal year 2021. During fiscal years 2022 and 2020, the Company recognized income tax expense of $29 thousand and $494 thousand, respectively, related to stock-based compensation plans.
A summary of the status of non-vested restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance stock units and market stock units as of December 25, 2022 and changes during fiscal year 2022 is presented below.
As of December 25, 2022, there was $13.0 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to 947,334 shares of non-vested restricted stock and market stock units. This cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately 3.3 years.
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