Why Ruby Tuesday Shares Went Stale


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What: Shares of casual dining restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday fell 10% on Thursday, and has investors longing for it to be Friday already. The impetus for the drop: Ruby Tuesday's second-quarter earnings results.

So what: As highlighted by my Foolish colleague Eric Volkman, Ruby Tuesday reported a 1% drop in revenue to $304 million, as same-store sales trudged higher by just 0.3%. For the quarter, Ruby Tuesday lost $15 million, or $0.07 per share, versus a $2 million profit in the year-ago period. Wall Street, on the other hand, had expected a smaller loss of $0.06, and had projected same-store sales would rise by a more robust 1%.

Now what: Ruby Tuesday's turnaround continues, and the reasons to avoid the stock continue to widen. Ruby Tuesday has been working to close underperforming restaurants, but is struggling to match the promotional activity of peers like Buffalo Wild Wings , which has a strong cash position that enables them to drive expansion without going into debt, and is driving a significant amount of customer traffic with its menu and ambience. Unless food costs plummet, or consumers magically get more discretionary money to spend on eating out, Ruby Tuesday remains a company I want to stay far away from.

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