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Ruby Tuesday Earnings: Investors Should Stay Away

Jan. 15, 2015 3:03 PM ETRuby Tuesday, Inc. (RT)
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William Bias


  • Ruby Tuesday is closing locations.
  • Ruby Tuesday needs to boost operating income to cover interest costs.
  • Free cash flow situation improved.

On Jan. 12, dine in restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: NYSE:RT) came out with its Q2 FY 2015 10-q which followed up on its earnings announcement released Jan. 8. The company didn't do so well on the top line front, but it is making some strides on the profitability and free cash flow fronts. However, the company leaves much to be desired investment wise. Here's why.

Revenue declined

Ruby Tuesday saw its year-to-date revenue decline a whopping 4%. Ruby Tuesday closed a total of 36 company owned and franchised locations year-over year. One small bright spot is that its year-to-date same store sales at its company and franchised locations increased 0.1% and 6.9% respectively, meaning customers are slowly returning to established and open locations. However, customers may get discouraged if they continually hear about other location closures.

Improved profitability

Location closures and cost cutting measures at Ruby Tuesday resulted in a net loss shrinkage of 88%. The company swung a year-to-date net operating loss of negative $49.1 million to a positive $1.4 million so far this year. Cost cutting measures are a must when a business is struggling, but the company really needs to reflect on strategies to improve customer experience and bring more customers through the doors.

Free cash flow improved

Ruby Tuesday's year-to-date free cash flow swung to a positive $1.7 million from a negative $8.8 million the same time last year. However, this wasn't due to normal operations. The main reason the company was free cash flow positive related to disposal of plant, property and equipment amounting to $5.6 million. Companies can't thrive on the sale of equipment from shuttered businesses.

Balance sheet ok for normal circumstances

Ruby Tuesday possesses an ok balance sheet if times were normal for the company. Ruby Tuesday's $48 million in cash translates into

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