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Landry's Restaurants, Inc. ('LNY'/NYSE) Reports Fourth Quarter Adjusted EBITDA Of $34.6 Million And Full Year 2009 Adjusted EBITDA Of $178.6 Million

HOUSTON, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Landry's Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: LNY; the "Company"), announced its earnings for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Revenues from continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2009, totaled $245.3 million, as compared to $253.7 million a year earlier, including $51.9 million and $56.4 million from the Golden Nugget, respectively. Net income (loss) from continuing operations for the quarter was ($32.3) million, compared to $4.8 million reported last year. Earnings (loss) per share for the quarter were ($2.20), compared to $0.28 diluted reported last year. Results for the fourth quarter of 2009 reflect an additional charge of $23.2 million after-tax related to accelerated amortization of the original issue discount and deferred loan costs resulting from the Company's refinancing its 14.0% Senior Secured Notes in November 2009 recorded as interest expense, and additional interest expense of $8.1 million after-tax due to substantially higher interest rates associated with the new financing, while the comparable period in the prior year includes an impairment gain of $11.5 million after tax from insurance proceeds arising from Hurricane Ike. The three months ended December 31, 2009, also include a $1.6 million after-tax non-cash gain for the change in fair value of interest rate swaps compared to an $8.0 million after-tax non-cash expense for interest rate swaps in the prior comparable period. Excluding the items noted above, net of 2009 asset gains and impairments, the pre-tax loss from continuing operations for the quarter would have been $5.2 million as compared to pre-tax income of $1.4 million for the prior comparable period. Same store sales for the Company's restaurants were negative 5.0% for the quarter, while gaming operations were negative 8.0%.

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined below, for the quarter was $34.6 million as compared to $39.2 million for the same period in the prior year. The restaurant and hospitality division contributed $24.1 million compared to $24.9 million in the prior year, while gaming operations contributed $10.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 versus $14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2009, totaled $1,060.2 million, as compared to $1,143.9 million a year earlier, including $216.8 million and $253.3 million from the Golden Nugget, respectively. Net income (loss) from continuing operations for the year was ($7.3) million, compared to $13.7 million reported last year. Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations for the year were ($0.99), compared to $0.82 diluted in the prior year. Included in earnings from continuing operations after-tax for the year ended December 31, 2009 is a gain on debt extinguishment of $12.6 million, gains on insurance proceeds of $3.2 million, a favorable lease termination of $4.9 million offset by the fourth quarter refinancing charges of $23.2 million, resulting in a net charge of $2.5 million compared to a $9.3 million non-cash after-tax charge related to interest rate swaps not designated as hedges in the prior year. Interest expense for 2009 increased by approximately $22.6 million after-tax, primarily due to the higher interest rates on the Company's new borrowings and higher borrowings outstanding.

Excluding the non-recurring items described above, adjusted EBITDA, as defined below, for 2009 was $178.6 million as compared to $191.8 million for the same period in the prior year. The restaurant and hospitality division contributed $136.1 million compared to $129.8 million in the prior year, while gaming operations contributed $42.5 million in 2009 versus $62.0 million for 2008.

The loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was less than $0.1 million and less than $0.01 per share. The consolidated net loss for the quarter, including a $2.9 million charge to accrete a redeemable non-controlling interest in the Company's T-Rex subsidiary, was ($35.6) million or ($2.20) per share, compared to net income of $4.6 million or $0.28 per share in 2008. The loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes, was $0.2 million and $10.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively, and the consolidated net income (loss) for 2009, including a $7.7 million charge for the redeemable non-controlling interest, was ($16.2) million or ($1.00) per share compared to $2.9 million or $0.18 per share diluted in 2008.

On November 3, 2009, the Company entered into a definitive merger agreement with a company wholly-owned by the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tilman J. Fertitta. Pursuant to the agreement, the Fertitta owned company has agreed to acquire all of the Company's outstanding common stock not already owned by Mr. Fertitta for $14.75 per share in cash. The offer price represents a premium of approximately 37% over the closing share price of the Company's common stock on November 2, 2009, the last trading day before the announcement of the transaction. The total value of the transaction is approximately $1.2 billion. On November 2, 2009, Mr. Fertitta beneficially owned approximately 55.1% of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock.

The proposed merger transaction is subject to approval by Company stockholders, including approval by the holders of a majority of the Company's common stock not owned by Mr. Fertitta. The transaction is also subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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