Ruth's Hospitality Group (Nasdaq: RUTH) reported earnings on Feb. 15. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 30 (Q4), Ruth's Hospitality Group beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Ruth's Hospitality Group reported revenue of $115.1 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $110.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $99.6 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.18. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.14 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.10 for Q4 were 150% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.04 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 24.2%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.2%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $106.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.19.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $409.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 213 members out of 244 rating the stock outperform, and 31 members rating it underperform. Among 78 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 72 give Ruth's Hospitality Group a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ruth's Hospitality Group is outperform, with an average price target of $8.38.

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