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Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday filed for bankruptcy after closing one-third of its locations this year.It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 7 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware after a troubled year was worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. Stay at home orders and capacity restrictions hit Ruby Tuesday and other casual chains hard, many of which were already struggling. At least nine other chains have also filed for bankruptcy this year, including California Pizza Kitchen and the US arm of Le Pain Quotidien.CEO Shawn Lederman said that this is not the end of Ruby Tuesday, but instead "an opportunity to reposition the company for long-term stability."Here's how the chain went from a single restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee where it is today. The first Ruby Tuesday was opened by 21 year old Sandy Beall in 1972, right next to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was a student. University of Tennessee.
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Source: The New York Times
As a student, Beall managed three Pizza Hut franchises. When the owner had a heart attack, he sold the restaurants and gave Beall $10,000 in Pizza Hut stock, telling him to start his own business A Pizza Hut location, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc, is pictured ahead of their company results in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 11, 2016.
The first restaurant, now closed, was a "burger and beer joint" according to the New York Times. Foodbeast
A fraternity brother and investor suggested the name Ruby Tuesday, after the Rolling Stones song. In this March 24, 2016 file photo, members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for photos from their plane at Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba.
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Beall also visited New York City to get ideas and look at potential competition, including TGI Fridays. TGI Fridays.
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Over the first few years, Beall opened restaurants at a rate of one every nine months. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images
In 1982, Beall sold the chain to Morrison Restaurants Inc, a cafeteria and food service chain, for $15 million, and remained in charge. Ruby Tuesday.
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Ruby Tuesday had more than 300 units by 1996, when parent company Morrison Restaurants Inc. split into three separate entities, one of which was Ruby Tuesday Inc, still headed by Beall. Ruby Tuesday.
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In 2000, Ruby Tuesday Inc sold all of the other restaurant chains under the brand, leaving room to focus on building more Ruby Tuesdays. Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
By the time it turned 30 in 2002, Ruby Tuesday was the seventh largest casual dining restaurant chain in the US. Despite spending little on advertising it was competing with big names like Red Lobster and Outback Steakhouse. Rachel Askinasi/Insider
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At that point, Ruby Tuesday specialized in large portions for inexpensive meals with a strategy of "We Feed America for Under $10." In 2001, the average lunch check was $9, and the average dinner bill was $12. Ruby Tuesday/Facebook
In 2007, just before the recession, Ruby Tuesday underwent a total redesign to a more upscale look, away from "roller skates on the wall and the bad food," Beall said. By 2009, the company had spent more than $100 million on the upgrades, including serving higher end food and offering a wider wine selection. Ruby Tuesday menu.
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Ruby Tuesday had the misfortune of attempting to upgrade into a more formal and expensive dining experience just as the recession hit stores across the board, and competitors fought to offer the best deals. In 2008, the chain closed more than 50 locations. A close sign is seen in the parking lot of a closed business as Ohio implements phase one of reopening dentists, veterinarians and elective surgeries in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2012, Ruby Tuesday had 896 restaurants and 43,000 employees, with stock prices slowly rising, it looked like a potential comeback. That year, Beall stepped down. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images
In 2017, Ruby Tuesday was acquired by private equity firm NRD for $2.40 per share, or about $335 million. NRD Capital.
Then in 2020, Ruby Tuesday was not spared by COVID-19 and lockdowns. David J. Phillip/AP Photo
In August, Business Insider reported that Ruby Tuesday had closed more than one-third of its restaurants, leaving a total 298 still open. Reporter Irene Jiang noted that the chain's prospects didn't look good even before the pandemic, going through five CEOs in five years. Ruby Tuesday.
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Business Insider also reported that Ruby Tuesday suddenly stopped paying pensions in July to more than 100 retirees before declaring insolvency on September 2. Ruby Tuesday.
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On October 7, the chain announced it had filed for bankruptcy. Ruby Tuesday says it will continue business as usual, though the filing said that more closures could be coming soon. Ruby Tuesday.
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NICE Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE) (the "Company") announced today the pricing of its previously announced offering of $400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2025 (the "Convertible Notes") in a private placement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). NICE also granted to the initial purchasers of the Convertible Notes an option to purchase up to an additional $60,000,0000 aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Notes within a 13-day period beginning on, and including, the initial closing date. The offering of the Convertible Notes is expected to close on August 27, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
The Convertible Notes will not bear regular interest. The Convertible Notes will mature on September 15, 2025, unless earlier prepaid, redeemed or exchanged. The Convertible Notes will be general unsecured obligations of the Company.
The Company may not redeem the Convertible Notes prior to September 21, 2023, except in the event of certain tax law changes. On or after September 21, 2023, the Company may redeem, for cash, all or part of the Convertible Notes if the last reported sale price of its ADSs has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period (including the last trading day of such period) ending on, and including, the trading day immediately preceding the date on which the Company provides notice of the redemption at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Convertible Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date.
Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding June 15, 2025, the Convertible Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon the satisfaction of specified conditions and during certain periods. On or after June 15, 2025 until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day preceding the maturity date, the Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders of the Notes at any time regardless of these conditions. The Convertible Notes will be convertible for (i) cash, (ii) American Depositary Shares (the "ADSs"), each representing one fully paid ordinary share, par value NIS 1.00 per share of the Company or (iii) a combination thereof, at the Company's election. The conversion rate will initially be 3.3424 ADSs per $1,000 principal amount of Convertible Notes (equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $299.19 per ADS). The conversion rate will be subject to adjustment in some events. In addition, following certain corporate events that occur prior to the maturity date or the Company's delivery of a notice of redemption, the Company will under certain circumstances, increase the conversion rate for a holder who elects to convert its Convertible Notes in connection with such a corporate event or to convert its Convertible Notes called for redemption in connection with such notice of redemption, as the case may be. The initial conversion price of the Convertible Notes represents a premium of approximately 37.5% to the $217.59 closing price of the ADSs on August 24, 2020.
If the Company undergoes a fundamental change (as defined in the indenture governing the Convertible Notes), holders may require the Company to prepay for cash all or part of their Convertible Notes at a prepayment price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Convertible Notes to be prepaid, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the fundamental change prepayment date.
The Company expects that the net proceeds from the offering of the Convertible Notes will be approximately $393 million, after deducting the initial purchasers’ fees and estimated offering expenses (or approximately $452 million if the initial purchasers exercise in full their option to purchase additional notes). The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of our outstanding term loan under our credit agreement at or prior to maturity in December 2021.
The offering is being made to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The Convertible Notes, any of the ADSs issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes and the ordinary shares of the Company represented thereby have not been and are not expected to be registered under the Securities Act or under any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release is being issued pursuant to Rule 135(c) under the Securities Act, and it does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
About NICE Ltd.
NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. NICE helps organizations of all sizes deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens. Over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies, are using NICE solutions.
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Forward looking statements are inherently subject to significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of management. The Company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future performance, and investors should not place undue reliance on them. There are or will be important known and unknown factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors, include, but are not limited to, risks associated with changes in economic and business conditions, competition, successful execution of the Company's growth strategy, success and growth of the Company's cloud Software-as-a-Service business, difficulties in making additional acquisitions or effectively integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel, the Company's dependency on third-party cloud computing platform providers, hosting facilities and service partners, rapidly changing technology, cyber security attacks or other security breaches against the Company, privacy concerns and legislation impacting the Company's business, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, the effects of additional tax liabilities resulting from our global operations and various other factors and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). In addition, COVID-19 is contributing to a general slowdown in the global economy and may affect the Company's business, results of operations, financial condition and our future strategic plans. At this time, the extent to which COVID-19 may impact the Company's financial condition or results of operations is uncertain. Furthermore, due to our subscription based business model, the effect of COVID-19 may not be fully reflected in our results of operations until future periods. You are encouraged to carefully review the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our latest Annual Report on Form 20-F and our other filings with the SEC for additional information regarding these and other factors and uncertainties that could affect our future performance. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.
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