Thursday, July 27, 2006

Buffets to Acquire Ryan's Restaurant Group for $876 Million in Sale Leaseback Transaction

Ryan's Restaurant Group Web Site - July 25, 2006

Buffets, Inc., a leading owner and operator of buffet-style restaurants, and Ryan's Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RYAN), the leading publicly traded buffet operator, today announced the signing of an agreement under which a subsidiary of Buffets will merge with Ryan's in a cash transaction valued at approximately $876 million, including debt that will be assumed or repaid at or prior to closing. Buffets is owned by an investment partnership organized by Caxton-Iseman Capital, Inc., a New York-based private equity firm, and the senior management of Buffets.

The transaction will create the nation's largest buffet restaurant chain and one of the five largest companies in the casual and mid-scale dining segment. The combined company will have annual revenues of more than $1.7 billion, a national footprint, and operate approximately 675 restaurants principally under the well-respected Ryan's(R) Grill, Buffet & Bakery, Fire Mountain(R), Old Country Buffet(R) and HomeTown Buffet(R) brands.

Under terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Ryan's shareholders will receive $16.25 in cash for each common share they own, representing an approximate 45% premium over Ryan's closing share price on July 24, 2006.

The combined company will continue to be called Buffets, Inc. and will continue to be headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota. Ryan's will operate as a separate division of Buffets and will continue to be based in Greer, South Carolina. R. Michael Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of Buffets, will continue to serve in this capacity for the combined company, which will have approximately 43,000 employees.

(Note - Ryan's Restaurant Group owns substantially all of its 340 Ryan's(R) Grill, Buffet & Bakery and Fire Mountain(R) restaurant properties, each of which is a free-standing masonry building of approximately 8,000 to 12,500 square feet. The portfolio has a net book value of approximately $710 million according to the companys 2006 10-K filing.) Sphere: Related Content

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