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BJ's Restaurants adds ex-Darden CFO to board, forms new committee

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Published 02/28/2024, 07:28 AM
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), a national casual dining chain, has appointed C. Bradford (Brad) Richmond to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Richmond, who previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE:DRI). from 2006 to 2015, brings a wealth of experience in finance and strategic planning within the restaurant industry.

The appointment comes as part of a cooperation agreement with Fund 1 Investments, LLC, a shareholder of BJ's Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI). The agreement also includes the formation of a Shareholder Value Initiatives Committee, which aims to provide analysis and recommendations to the Board on maximizing shareholder value.

"We are pleased to welcome Brad, an accomplished public company executive, to the Board," stated Gerald (Jerry) W. Deitchle, Chairman of the Board. "His addition reflects our commitment to ensuring the Board has the right mix of skills and experiences."

Richmond's background includes executive roles at other restaurant brands like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, and board positions at Coast Entertainment Holdings and Qualfon. His expertise is expected to be valuable to BJ’s Restaurants as it navigates the dynamic market environment.

Peter (Pete) A. Bassi, BJ’s Restaurants’ Lead Independent Director, expressed optimism about working with Richmond, highlighting his potential to provide important insights to the Board. Jonathan Lennon, Managing Member of Fund 1, echoed this sentiment, noting confidence in Richmond's ability to help drive shareholder value.

As part of the cooperation agreement, Fund 1 has agreed to a customary standstill and voting commitments. Details of the agreement will be disclosed in the company’s upcoming report on Form 8-K, to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc., known for its brewhouse roots and broad menu, operates over 200 casual dining establishments across 30 states.

The information in this article is based on a press release.

InvestingPro Insights

As BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) welcomes C. Bradford Richmond to its Board of Directors, the company's financial landscape presents a mix of challenges and opportunities. According to InvestingPro Tips, BJRI operates with a significant debt burden, which may require strategic financial management—something Richmond's experience could prove crucial in addressing. On the plus side, BJRI is trading at a low P/E ratio relative to near-term earnings growth, suggesting potential undervaluation that savvy investors could capitalize on.

InvestingPro Data reveals a market capitalization of $792.38 million, and a P/E ratio that has adjusted from 40.97 in the last twelve months to a more favorable 30.2 as of Q4 2023. The company's revenue growth over the last twelve months was 3.84%, indicating a steady increase in sales. However, it's important to note a quarterly revenue decline of -5.96% in Q4 2023, which could reflect seasonal adjustments or other market factors.

The addition of Richmond to the Board may be timely as BJRI navigates these financial waters. With a fair value estimation by analysts at $38.5, compared to the InvestingPro fair value of $31.46, investors are given a range to consider the stock's potential worth.

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