Ruby Tuesday is getting bought out after years of declining sales

Ruby Tuesday said Monday it will be bought out by the private-equity firm NRD Capital, following several years of declining sales.

NRD Capital will acquire the casual-dining chain for $US2.40 per share in cash and assume or retire all its debt obligations for a total enterprise value of about $US335 million, excluding the transaction costs. Ruby Tuesday stock price jumped premarket above the acquisition price, by 23% to $US2.44 per share.

The companies expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2018. Ruby Tuesday had announced in March that it was looking into other ways to revive its business, possibly including a sale.

Ruby Tuesday also announced first-quarter results on Monday, with a narrower net loss from a year ago of $US9.8 million or $US0.16 per share. Sales at restaurants open for at least one year fell 5.8%.

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